Unforgettable Japanese Tea Experience at Wazuka-ya in Kyoto

Wazuka Tea plantation, tea soba, green tea picking, Kyoto

Have you tasted Japanese green tea? If not, I highly recommend visiting Wazuka town in Kyoto prefecture for an unforgettable, unique Japanese tea experience. I had the pleasure of visiting Wazuka town recently with my friend and participating in a tea cooking class at Wazuka-ya. It’s a vegetarian friendly cooking too. Let me tell you all about it! Where is … Read More

Five Japanese customs that you may surprise

bowing Japanese custom

Japan is a country rich in culture, traditions, and customs that can sometimes be surprising and even strange to outsiders. From bowing as a sign of respect to otōshi in restaurants, there are many common senses in Japan that may seem unusual or unfamiliar to those unfamiliar with Japanese culture.

Japanese Kawaii Culture: The World of Cute and Adorable

Kawaii japan

Japan is renowned for its unique and diverse culture, one of which is the kawaii culture. Kawaii, which means “cute” or “adorable” in Japanese, is a pervasive cultural phenomenon that has captured the hearts of people all around the world. From fashion to art, kawaii is an ever-present aspect of Japanese culture that has been gaining popularity over the past … Read More

Shinshū Zenkōji Temple: A Must-Visit Destination in Nagano

Nagano, Japan is home to a rich cultural heritage, including the beautiful and historic Zenkōji Temple 善光寺. This ancient temple, which dates back to the 7th century, is one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in Japan, attracting millions of visitors from all over the world each year. Zenkōji, open to everyone 💕 The temple is located in … Read More

Setsubun Obake👻  ~Cosplay Setsubun Day by Geiko~

In older times during Setsubun, people also participated in role reversal. Young girls would do their hair in the styles of older women and vice versa, and even do some cross-dressing. This custom is still practiced among Geiko in Kyoto (Geisha in Kyoto called Geiko), who still participate in these old traditions by wearing disguises or dressing as men when … Read More

Japan’s Coming of Age Day (2023 version)

Every January in Japan, the nation celebrates an age-old tradition: Coming of Age Day (成人の日 Seijin no Hi). This special National holiday marks a milestone for individuals who have officially reached adulthood at 20 years old – and with recent changes to the law that will lower the legal adulting age to 18 in April 2022, even more people can … Read More

#5 つるのおんがえし Learn Japanese with a Short Story ~Tsuru no Ongaeshi

learn Japanese with a short story

Learn Japanese with a Short Story. Today’s lesson is Tsuru no Ongaeshi つるの おんがえし The Grateful Crane, a very famous Japanese Fable. Please enjoy the lesson video, the whole story in Japanese and Vocabulary/Phrases list. Explanatory Video つるのおんがえし(鶴の恩返し) Story Outline 鶴の恩返し One day, the grandfather saves a crane that was caught in a hunter’s trap. On the evening of the … Read More

#4 こぶとりじいさん Learn Japanese with a Short Story ~Kobutori Jiisan

Learn Japanese with a short story

Learn Japanese with a Short Story. Today’s lesson is Kobutori Jiisan こぶとりじいさん The Old Man with a Lump, a very famous Japanese Fable. Please enjoy the lesson video, the whole story in Japanese and Vocabulary/Phrases list. Explanatory Video こぶとりじいさん Story Outline こぶとり爺さん Once upon a time, there were two old men with big bumps on their cheeks. The old man … Read More

#3 因幡の白兎 Learn Japanese with a Short Story ~Inaba no shiro usagi

Inaba no shirousagi Learn Japanese with a short story

Learn Japanese with a Short Story. Today’s lesson is Inaba no shiro usagi 因幡の白兎 Hare of Inaba, one of the stories of Japanese Myth. Please enjoy the lesson video, the whole story in Japanese and Vocabulary/Phrases list. Explanatory Video  いなばの しろうさぎ Story Outline 因幡の白兎 A rabbit from Izumo mythology. In order to get from Okishima to Inaba, he crossed the … Read More

#2 北風と太陽 Learn Japanese with a Short Story ~Kitakaze to Taiyo

Learn Japanese with a short story

Learn Japanese with a Short Story. Today’s lesson is Kitakaze to Taiyo 北風と太陽 The North Wind and the Sun, a very famous Aesop’s Fables. Please enjoy the lesson video, the whole story in Japanese and Vocabulary/Phrases list. Explanatory Video きたかぜ と たいよう Story Outline 北風と太陽 One day, the North Wind and the Sun decide to have a contest of strength. … Read More