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Enjoy the Spring Japanese Style: Organize your Own Hanami Picnic!

Enjoy the Spring Japanese Style: Organize your Own Hanami Picnic!

There are many ways to enjoy the so long awaited sunny days of spring and the beautiful awakening of nature. But Japan once again is leading in the...
The Ancient Secrets of Japanese Beauty

The Ancient Secrets of Japanese Beauty

The ever-youthful beauty of Japanese women has been a point of secret jealousy among many women in Western societies. It seems that women in Japan...
Japanese Valentine´s Day is Very Special for Men

Japanese Valentine´s Day is Very Special for Men

Valentine´s Day in Japan is celebrated very differently from the Western world, with a very positive twist for men. When everywhere else men are e...
The Art of Drinking Tea

The Art of Drinking Tea

In our previous story we were describing how big is the variety of delicious and beautiful sweets in Japan, and particularly the wagashi - amazing...
Sweets Too Beautiful to Eat

Sweets Too Beautiful to Eat

Sakura cake Japan has the most amazing sweets in the world. The Japanese deserts are not only mouthwatering and delicious, but some of them look s...
100 Steps to Make a Kimono

100 Steps to Make a Kimono

Not many people outside of Japan know that the process of making gorgeous kimonos might include over 100 steps! The process starts from weaving a ...
Matcha 抹茶 - The Ancient Drink of a New Century

Matcha 抹茶 - The Ancient Drink of a New Century

Matcha 抹茶, a special fine powdered Japanese green tea, continues to rapidly gain astonishing popularity among Western gourmets. The origin of powe...
Take 竹 (Bamboo) - Long Life and Prosperity

Take 竹 (Bamboo) - Long Life and Prosperity

Take 竹 (bamboo) is one of the most important plants in Japan. This seemingly simple plant has literally thousands of practical and decorative appl...
Delicious New Year in Japan

Delicious New Year in Japan

Celebrating New Year Japanese-style is not only extremely gratifying spiritually, but also exceptionally satisfying nutritionally. For the end of ...
Shimekazari 注連飾り - New Year Decorations for Luck

Shimekazari 注連飾り - New Year Decorations for Luck

Shimekazari 注連飾りis one of the many fascinating and unique New Year traditions that are still being followed even in modern times in Japan. Immedia...
Susuki 薄 - One of the Seven Grasses of Autumn

Susuki 薄 - One of the Seven Grasses of Autumn

Susuki 薄 has many names in English - pampas grass, silver grass, plume grass...However simple it might seem, this grass with its subtle elegance i...
The Mystery of Geisha 芸者

The Mystery of Geisha 芸者

The so capturing mystery of the timeless image of Geisha is even more striking when comparing seemingly same "profession" to the Western represent...