5 Places from Murakami’s Japan

August 29, 2017

Haruki Murakami Murakami became a literary legend with his 1987 novel Norwegian Wood. Since then, he has stolen the hearts of readers with his quirky, slightly fantastic, yet somehow realistic worlds. His main characters are accessible yet not quite typical. Shibuya, Tokyo 【After Dark】 While...

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5 Ways to Use Miso

February 25, 2017

Besides miso soup, what other uses for miso can you think of? The thick paste is a culinary staple in Japan, and there are many different ways of using the flavorful seasoning.

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Ready the Chocolates, It’s Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2017

What's so special about Valentine's Day in Japan? Well, it's paired with a second holiday, White Day, on March 14, and the customs for each holiday differ. Read on to find out how one should celebrate the romantic holiday in Japan.

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Invest in Bamboo Charcoal for a Healthy and Natural Space

January 22, 2017

Looking for a multi-use home product that's also environmentally friendly? Bamboo charcoal is the solution to all your problems, from purifying water to controlling humidity.

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Chasen: Handcrafted Japanese Tea Whisks

December 05, 2016

Handcraft Chasen Chasen are Japanese tea whisks used to create delicious, frothy matcha tea. The whisks are used during Japanese tea Ceremony (Sado), which focuses on careful mindfulness when enjoying tea. The ceremony focuses on the tradition and culture of tea. Participants often incorporate lifestyle...

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Welcome to the Chagenkyo Matsuri: Wazuka’s Teatopia Festival

November 15, 2016

What is Chagenkyo? Celebrating the long history of tea cultivation in Kyoto, the Chagenkyo Matsuri is a festival that has taken place annually for over 30 years. Located in the town of Wazuka, visitors can enjoy great tea and cultural education in a scenic location.Wazuka was...

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5 Remarkable Hot Springs in Japan

November 01, 2016

Japanese hot springs are world renowned for their beauty and excellence. With over 3000 scattered across the tiny country, Japan has the most hot springs in the world! Next time you find yourself in the land of the rising sun, relax by taking a dip...

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10 Reasons Why Only 3.5% of Japanese Are Obese

October 16, 2016

The Japanese are notorious for both their slender bodies and delicious food. While these two things are usually mutually exclusive, Japan has managed for find the perfect balance. How has Japan managed to keep their obesity level at just 3.5%?  In contrast, many Western countries...

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5 Facts About Japan’s Famous “Maneki Neko,” the Lucky Cat

September 30, 2016

Happy Maneki Nekko Day! Japan sets aside one day every year to celebrate on of their most iconic characters, maneki nekko! Today, September 29th, is Maneki Neko Day! This adorable little cat is usually placed at the entrance of restaurants and various businesses throughout both...

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Kakishibu: Natural Color for a Natural Life

September 24, 2016

What is Kakishibu? Kakishibu is a natural dye derived from juicing unripe persimmons. The juice is then fermented to create the final product, a tannin which can be used in many domestic situations. This dye is of great cultural value to the Japanese people and...

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Kimono and Yukata Rental Shops in Kyoto

September 23, 2016

What’s the difference between Yukawa and Kimono? The primary difference between yukata and kimono are the fabrics used to make the garments. Yukata are typically made from a light cotton material as they are worn throughout the summer months. On the other hand, kimono are...

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A Home for Art on a Hill in Wazuka

September 21, 2016

What is Wazuka? Wazuka is a town in Kyoto Prefecture famous for its high quality tea. The farming families in Wazuka have been producing Ujicha for over 800 years. Today around 300 farming families still live in Wazuka. Art Appears Tucked away between rolling tea...

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