Monthly Feature Story - March 2023 - Shabu shabu
Cultural Tips - 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...
Monthly Feature Story-January 2022-The First Sunrise of the Year
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...
Monthly Feature Story-September 2021-Disaster Prevention Day
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...
Monthly Feature Story-August 2021-Uchimizu (Sprinkling Water)
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...
Monthly Feature Story-July 2021-Summer Greeting Postcards
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...
Montyly Feature Story-June 2021-Umeboshi (Pickled Plums)
Cultural Tips-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...
Monthly Feature Story-May 2021-Newly-picked Tea
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...
Monthly Feature Story-April 2021-Entrance Ceremonies
Cultural Tips-Entrance Ceremonies
In Japan, school and business years start in April. In early April, when cherry blossoms are usually in full bloom, schools hold entrance ceremo...
Monthly Feature Story-March 2020-Japan's White Day
Cultural Tips - Japan's White Day
Japan is the birthplace of "White Day", March 14th, exactly a month after Valentine's Day. White Day in Japan is like a second Valen...
Monthly Feature Story-February 2020-Japan's Unique Valentine's Day
Cultural Tips - Japan's Unique Valentine's Day
Japan has its very own way to celebrate Valentine's Day. On February 14th, in Japan, women and girls give chocolate to men and boys, includ...
Monthly Feature Story-January 2020-Coming of Age Day
Cultural Tips-Coming of Age Day
The coming of Age Day is a national holiday celebrated on the second Monday in January. The purpose of this holiday is to celebrate young adults wh...
Monthly Feature Story-December 2019-The Winter Solstice
Cultural Tips - The Winter Solstice
The winter solstice in 2019 falls on December 22nd. In Japan, people believe that good fortune increases after this day. The winter solstice is ...