Greatest Japanese lakes

Perhaps, going to lakes doesn’t appeal to each and everyone. Some of you maybe think it’s better to go to the beach, and relax there. I used to think so too; until I found out these two great lakes that will make you want to go there. 1. Biwa Lake Author’s photo This lake is…

The Beauty of the Fall in Japan

Author’s photo After the intense heat and humidity of the Japanese summer, everyone looks forward to the cool, crisp air of autumn. The mosquitoes relent with the fading heat, and the leaves begin to turn. The most beloved of all fall sights in Japan are the bright-red momiji, the Japanese maple. You’ve never seen a…

Kodomo no Hi, or Flying Carps

Kodomo no Hi blog.livedoor.jp/ What is this? Well, it is “Children’s Day” in Japanese. In Japan, Children’s Day always takes place on the fifth day of the fifth month, and it was a national holiday in Japan since 1948. The Japanese government wants to respect their children’s personalities and celebrates their happiness. Talking about that…

Traditional Japanese bar and grill: Izakaya

What exactly is Izakaya? Author’s photo The izakaya is a traditional Japanese bar and grill. Traditionally a place where people gather after work to indulge in reasonably-priced food and drink, you’ll find these establishments all over Japan, in large cities as well as the smaller localities. Although there are many famous chains of izakaya with…

Discover Everyday Japan: Truly a Place of Beauty

What is your plan? pds.exblog.jp/ If you are planning a trip to Japan or even if you are there, you are probably planning and visiting a lot of famous landmarks and popular tourist spots, as well as perhaps exploring “off the beaten track”. Alongside all the beautiful shrines, landscapes and buildings, Japan can also be…

The 3 Yummiest Types of Donburi

What is Donburi? twitter.com/ Do you know Donburi? I think Katsu don is slightly famous all over the world. Donburi is one of the Japanese style meals. Donburi is served in a bowl which has rice and meat or seafood commonly. Although the variations of Donburi are countless and these days, many Donburis are getting…

Are you familiar with Japanese Häagen-Dazs flavors?

Japanese people make traditional sweets with such great creativeness and attention to detail. Today, this creativity can be seen, not only in traditional Japanese confectionery but also through the Japanese versions of foreign treats. Much of the world already knows about the Japanese Kit-Kats, but perhaps only a few know about how Japan transformed Häagen…

Onigiri: Sushi’s poor brother?

Same same but different noobcook.com Onigiri are to Japanese people as what pasta are to Italian people (maybe). They are stuffed rice balls wrapped with nori (seaweed), and the very basic take-out lunch for Japanese people. They come in round, or triangular, or in elongated shapes; their fillings are traditionally salty preserved food such as…
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Convenience Stores in Japan: Keeping the Crowd Nourished Since 1970’s

Combini sparkle bkpk.me/ If you are a long time American TV couch potato, you would be forgiven to think that all convenience stores everywhere are tiny consumerist hell holes of Slurpees and filthy bathrooms and armed robberies, with an unreliable Apu-like character at helm. Perhaps you will be glad to hear about the comparatively shiny…

The Healthy Japanese Fast Food – Onigiri

When one hears fast food one tends to think about the unhealthy category of food one sometimes has a weakness for. Whether hamburgers, greasy pizza or other calorie bombs, it definitely does not sound healthy. Who would have thought that Japanese answer to that is a healthy option, that keeps you full for even longer…
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