The 2-week-long period in which the cherry blossoms are in bloom is a magical time in Japan. People of all ages gather with their friends, family, and loved ones to do “ohanami” (お花見) which typically means having a picnic beneath the beautiful sakura (さくら) trees. Here is a list of the most common foods and snacks that people can enjoy … Read More
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Japanese cuisine is known worldwide for a reason. The food is a gastronomical experiences made from the simplest, freshest ingredients and prepared with so much heart and utmost precision. As Japanese cuisine gains more popularity around the world, many people have had the opportunity to taste Japanese favorites in their home country. It is amazing to see mainstays such as … Read More
Noodles are a staple in Japanese cuisine and there are hundreds of delicious ways to prepare them in distinctly Japanese ways. Check out any Japan trip bucket list and it is sure to include a steaming bowl of ramen, or a filling serving of cold soba noodles. It is truly an experience that you could not miss when you visit … Read More
Cherry blossoms, also known as sakura in Japan, are the small, delicate light pink flowers that bloom from cherry blossom trees. The springtime phenomenon is truly a sight to behold but unfortunately its beauty is just too brief. After only two weeks, the petals of the soft pink canopy, drop to the ground, falling like feathery snow before they wither. … Read More
There has been a recent uptick in interest in the practice of Zen Buddhism because of its said benefits the mind and body. But what exactly is it about? It can be quite difficult to explain since Zen is not bound by the words and letters of the sutras. But in this article, we try to dig deeper into the … Read More
If you’ve ever been to Japan, then you may have marveled at its numerous shrines and national temples like the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo, and the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto. The Japanese give utmost importance and respect to these shrines for they are considered places of worship and the dwellings of the kami, or the Shinto “gods”. … Read More
Would you like to attract more luck and success? Who wouldn’t right? The Japanese people have many traditions that is believed to improve one’s health, love life, and finances. Many of these beliefs are based on Shintoism and Buddhism, and have been passed on from generation to generation. Here are some lucky charms to help improve your luck in 2018.