Kimonos

Unique Obi Styles

Today I’d like to introduce a few unique Obi styles for kimonos. Suehiro Musubi The Suehiro Musubi Obi style is used for the Furisode, a style of kimono distinguishable by its long sleeves that go right to the ground, to celebrate the significant point in a young woman’s life. It is one of the most […]

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Kimonos

Summer Kimonos

Summer Kimonos or Yukata As you may know, the summer heat in Japan is harsh…However, we still want to enjoy wearing kimonos even during the summer season. In the month of July and August, we wear kimonos made from thinner materials than a usual kimono which is often called “Usu-hitoe”. Like Yukata, the summer kimonos […]

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Cooking | Food/Drink

Ume – Japanese plums

What is Ume? Where did it come from? “Ume” means Japanese plums in Japanese. You may have heard of “Umeboshi” in Japanese which are pickled Japanese plums that we normally eat with white rice in Japan. In Japan, there is an old saying that “coarse tea and Japanese plum a day keeps the doctor away” […]

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Cooking | Food/Drink

Amazake – Sweet drink made from fermented rice

What is Amazake? Amazake is one of the fermented foods that has been loved by Japanese people since the Edo era (1603-1868) which is made from fermented rice that helps nutrient digestion and absorption of human body, meaning Amazake helps abosrb nutrition in an efficient manner and turn it into energy. Especially during the hot […]

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Food/Drink

Green tea

Beneficial effects of green tea Today, I’d like to introduce some of the beneficial effects that green tea has on infectious diseases and human immune systems. In Japan, there is an old saying that if you drink green tea that was picked on the eighty‚Äźeighth day from the beginning of spring, you will be able […]

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Culture/History | Goods

Aroma made in Japan for relaxation

Hibi – 10 minutes aroma Today I’d like to introduce a 10-minute aroma that you can easily enjoy at home or anywhere you might be as it is light and portable. The aroma is called “Hibi” and is a bit different from a stick of Japanese incense that you may have seen before. The incense […]

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Culture/History | Travel

History of Yutenji temple

Feels like the entire world is under the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic; but we saw beautiful cherry blossoms this past Spring in the Yutenji temple area like we have seen many times in the past. Located not too far from the Yutenji station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line, the temple of the Pure […]

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Kimonos

Nijudaiko

What is Nijudaiko? Nijudaiko, a two-layered knot, is one of the Obi styles that you tie for the formal Kimono, such as Tomesode. Normally, you would use “Fukuro Obi”, the type of Obi that is much longer than the Nagoya Obi, to make Nijudaiko. In the picture below, I used the Fukuro Obi that has […]

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