Senbei, What Is It And What Does It Taste Like?

Do you know what Senbei is? Senbei is a traditional Japanese snack made from rice. Generally, they are called rice crackers in English. They taste great, and they are also less calorific than other snacks such as chips and pretzels. There are many kinds of Senbei in Japan, and some are very unique. These days…

Eating in Japan On A Budget: The Best Options.

Many people view Japan as a rather expensive vacation destination. This can be easily true, Japan in a rich and varied culture and you can easily spend your yen before you even notice! With so many traditional foods, such as sushi and sukiyaki, being very popular a large portion of your travel budget could be…

Mountain Day – A new Holiday to come in 2016

kazuhisa.eco.coocan.jp Japan is adjusting a lot when it comes to holidays. For instance, the previous Emperor is honoured by the Holiday “Shōwa Day” (昭和の日 Shōwa no Hi). The holiday used to be celebrated as the Emporer’s Birthday till 1989, when the Emperor Shōwa Hirohito died. But Showa Day did not become Showa Day right after…

Golden Week – An official week of holidays

nanzan-p.ed.jp Each year, there are several official holidays that are set by the government. These have been changing throughout the years, with the biggest changed probably happening after WW2. Some holidays are rather new, like the Vernal Equinox Day (春分の日 Shunbun no Hi) around March 20 (established after WW2) or the Marine Day (海の日 Umi…
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The most wanted food among Japanese people

Can you imagine what the top eaten Japanese food is? Sushi? Tempura? Sashimi? The most wanted Japanese food among Japanese people is Onigiri as known as rice ball in the world. Why? Why is it the most wanted? Because Japanese people eat up the rice, which is used in order to Onigiri, 531.66 tons per…

Fast Food in Japan: Quick, Cheap but Not “Junk”

store.shopping.yahoo.co.jp When hearing the words fast food, the global chain restaurants such as Mc Donald’s or Burger King or other famous ones come to our minds first. As it may be commonly known, fast food can also be referred to as “junk” food because it is not considered very healthy. The associations we have with…

Easter in Japan, and how it is changing!

Easter is a worldwide celebrated holiday, especially in the west. No matter if celebrated for religion roots or just as a spring family holiday, it is popular among children and adults likewise. With Japan easily getting interested in foreign holidays, and celebrating them in their own unique way, it is surprising to notice, that Easter…

Hanami, Umemi and Yozakura

img01.hamazo.tv/ Every spring, many residents or visitors of Japan impatiently look forward to the blossoming of the Sakura. Between the end of March and early May, Japan becomes a magnificently beautiful light pink filled island that can soothe the eyes of the witness. However, we ask ourselves, are there any specific traditions practiced during this…

Falling in love with Japanese Spring!

Spring comes full of meaning and marks the begging of a new cycle. For some cultures it also arrives with social and in spiritual renew. In Japan, this is the time when schools, universities, and fiscal year commence. And, because of the sunshine spring days warms up our hearts after such long cold winter, we…
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