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6 Must-Try Japanese Sweets and Candies!

Japan is known for its unique culture, continuing traditions such as festivals, spiritual beliefs and cuisine as well as advancing to be one of the world’s leading economies. Japan attracted almost 20 million tourists in 2016, who visited to sample the Japanese way of life, which remains culturally unique and fascinating for foreigners. Japanese food…

Join These 2 Awesome Moon Viewing Events in Osaka this October 2017!

Moon viewing (Tsukimi) or Harvest moon festival is a Japanese festival to honor the autumn moon. This event was said to have started in Japan during the Heian era (794 to 1185) and is a custom which originated from Japanese aristocrats but later became popular and is now a celebration for everyone! This is a…

50 Things to Do in Kichijoji, Tokyo’s Hip and Arty Neighbourhood, in 2018

Kichijoji is located in the west of Tokyo and is viewed as one of the trendiest parts of the capital. Most famed for its expansive Inokashira Park, the town is also an artist’s wonderland with unique arts and crafts available on every street corner. Much quieter than central Tokyo, Kichijoji is just one 15-minute train…

Where Can You Buy the 4 Tastiest Japanese Treats in Tokyo?

When you think of Japanese food people usually think of rice, noodles, or sushi. Sweets rarely come to mind when people unfamiliar with Japan image the cuisine. Wagashi are traditional Japanese sweets made of traditional ingredients such as mochi (rice cake) and anko (paste made of azuki red beans). But with so much choice, what…

Make Your Wishes Come True with the Kikkouden Wagashi (Japanese Dessert) Set!

July typically marks the end of the rainy season and the official entry into the sweltering summer season. In the old calendar (kyuureki), July is known as fumizuki or fuzuki which can be written using the same kanji characters i.e. 文月. As to how this name came about, this is said to be related to…

The Tastiest Traditional Japanese Desserts Reinvented With an Ice Cream Twist!

Ice cream has always been a serious business in Japan and its ubiquity is evident not only in the wide array of selections offered in the market such as Pino and Haagen Dazs but also in many of Japan’s delectable culinary delights. In fact, ice cream has been incorporated in many of the country’s traditional…

Catch One of These 3 Eventful Festivals at Mt. Yoshino in Nara

Mt. Yoshino (Yoshinoyama) is a mountain in Nara Prefecture that has been a subject in so many literary writings, and with good reasons: it is a gorgeous spot for cherry blossom viewing. It has also served as an important destination for religious purposes such as pilgrimages and the area continues to attract many foreign people.…

A Guide to Tasty Halal Treats and Snacks in Japanese Convenience Stores

Followers of the Islamic faith are prohibited from eating certain foods such as pork and cannot consume alcohol or tobacco. Although it is easy to avoid drugs and beer, it isn’t always as simple to distinguish what contains pork or other foods which Muslims consider to be forbidden for them to consume. This can be…
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