Culture/History

Ryoma Sakamoto

Who is Ryoma Sakamoto? Ryoma Sakamoto was born in Kochi in 1835 as the son of a country samurai of the Kochi Clan. He is one of the most famous historical characters in Japan. He learned swordsmanship and art of the rifle in Edo and later, he joined the Tosa Kinno-to formed by Zuizan Takechi […]

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Travel

Imari and Arita in Saga prefecture

Imari city was the next destination in our trip after visiting Karatsu city in Saga prefecture. About 40 minutes drive from Karatsu, Imari is located southwest of Karatsu and is famous for its Imari ware or Imari procelain. Imari wagyu beef You may have already heard of the ceramics of Imari as they are pretty […]

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Travel

Karatsu in Saga prefecture

Travel within Japan After a long time, I finally got to travel within Japan. The year 2020 has been quite unique in many ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We now don’t see foreign tourists across Japan which has hugely damaged the tourisum industry since the beginning of 2020. Even after a State of Emergency […]

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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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