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 Zen Buddhism beliefs and practices. Continue reading
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”. Japanese families have their own altars or shrines in their homes so that they can pay their respect to ancestors and worship either Shinto or Buddhist gods. In this blog we find out the different types of altars and shrines. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Natto is one of those delicacies that evoke a very strong reaction. People either love it or hate it. The main characteristic that tends to repulse people is the very strong aroma. But once you get over the smell, you will appreciate a unique umami flavor. It also touts a long list of health benefits making it a super food. Continue reading
What Is Soba?
Soba noodles are roughly as thick as spaghetti and are usually made of buckwheat flour. They can be prepared either as a hot or a cold dish and are very popular which make them readily available across Japan. Continue reading