gift giving

Add a Stylish Twist to Your Gift Wrapping With the Japanese Furoshiki!

Christmas and New Year may be over, but the act of giving gifts isn’t! Whether it’s to celebrate a loved one’s birthday or to congratulate a colleague, gift giving plays an important role in gatherings. And while you can’t judge a gift by its wrapper, there’s nothing wrong with spending a significant amount of time…

Doing a Homestay in Japan? Here Are 6 Things You Should Do for the Best Experience

I recently experienced a homestay with a Japanese family in Handa City, Aichi Prefecture. It was a valuable and memorable experience to know and explore the lifestyle of a typical Japanese family, understand their culture and traditions, and also eat delectable home-cooked food. I stayed with Obaasan (grandmother), and her daughter who lived nearby often…

Discover the Beautiful Japanese Art of Knitting Dolls, and Try Making Them!

When you read the word “crochet” or “knit”, you will probably think of things that relate to winter essentials like sweaters, beanies, and shawls. Perhaps you will think there is nothing new you can learn about crochet and knitting. Well, in Japan there is a unique way in which crochet and knitting are put to…