Japanese food - Taiyaki
Taiyaki are fish-shaped baked cakes, which are very much like waffles. The traditional filling is a smooth or chunky sweet red bean paste. However,...
Cultural Tips - Respect for the Aged Day
Japan is a super-aging society. According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, in 2023 the average life expectancy is 87.09 years for Japa...
Japanese food - Somen noodles
Somen noodles are very thin Japanese noodles made from wheat flower. They are less than 1.3 mm in diameter, while udon noodles, which you may be mo...
Japanese Food - Sashimi
Sashimi refers to thinly sliced fresh seafood. Although sashimi is usually served raw, some sliced seafood is cooked via searing, boiling or the us...
Cultural Tips - Golden Week
“Golden Week” is a period with a cluster of national holidays starting from the end of April and ending at the beginning of May. The week is one o...
Japanese Food - Shabu shabu
Shabu shabu is one of the most popular hot-pot dishes mainly eaten in winter. In shabu shabu, you quickly swish thinly-sliced meat in boiling br...
Cultural Tips-The First Sunrise of the Year
In Japan, there is a custom of praying to the sun that rises on the morning of New Year's Day. This is because people believe that Toshigami-s...
Cultural Tips-Disaster Prevention Day
Japan experiences a range of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunami, typhoons, storm surges, and volcanic eruptions. To respond to such em...
Cultural Tips-Uchimizu (Sprinkling Water)
This month, we would like to talk about another traditional way to cool down the Japanese summer heat. It's called "uchimizu." Uc...
Cultural Tips-Summer Greeting Postcards
It is quite hot and humid in summer in Japan, isn't it? In this season, we send summer greeting postcards to our parents, relatives, friend...
Japanese Food - Umeboshi (Pickled Plums)
"Umeboshi" are pickled plums. As some of you may already know, they are incredibly sour and extremely salty. In fact Japanese young peopl...
Cultural Tips-Newly-picked Tea
May 1st is 'Green Tea Day' (or May 2nd depending on the year). It is the 88th day, counting from the first day of spring in the tradition...