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Watch Out for the New Sake Kit Kat Coming in Japan This September 2018!

Discover the essence of Japan’s highest quality plum. Have a taste of the new Ume Sake Kit Kat! Sake Kit Kat In 2016, Nestlé first introduced Sake Kit Kat – a white chocolate Kit Kat that came in a unique bottle-shaped packaging embodying the “isshobin” or the traditional sake bottles. Then, in 2017, the Masuizumi…

Visit The Tosayama Plum Festival: a Popular Spring Event in Shikoku!

Every year when the cold winter becomes spring, a small village on Japanese island Shikoku that goes by the name of Tosayama holds a Plum Festival. At this plum festival, the sight of a vast amount of plum blossoms can be enjoyed by the public, and locals will sell food to everyone visiting the festival.…

Experience a Geisha Tea Ceremony and Plum Blossom Festival in Kyoto!

Early spring in Japan is the season of Plums, where plum flowers can be seen blossoming everywhere around the end of February. Many people flock to plum viewing areas to enjoy the best views, picnics and celebrations. Let’s have a look at this unique Baika-sai Matsuri festival dedicated to plums held in Kitano Tenmangu shrine…

3 famous Japanese plants to see besides Sakura

Cherry blossoms, or Sakura, may be the iconic Japanese flower, but that is not to overlook the other beautiful flowers and plants, that also hold iconic status in Japanese culture. Often the inspiration and subject of songs and poems and other forms of art, Japanese people’s love for simple joys and nature come through in…

Not Only Sakura: Spring Blossoms in Japan

Author’s photo Sakura is the most famous seasonal flower in Japan. It is the symbol of spring. People from all over Japan look forward to this season, when they can unfold their picnic mats and gather over a neatly-packed bento with cans of beer while viewing the pretty cherry blossoms. It is the most awaited…

7 Japanese foods to get you in the mood for spring

In Japan, spring carries images of warmer weather, pink cherry blossoms, and sipping beer or tea at a hanami, or cherry blossom viewing, party. Spring is a time of new beginnings, as the school year and work year begin in April just as the cherry blossoms begin to bloom, and for the Japanese, spring is…

How to enjoy plums in Japanese culture

Japan is now famed for its beautiful sakura (cherry blossoms) but back in the Edo period, it was ume, or plum blossoms, were the quintessential sign of spring to come. Ume blossoms are not quite as flashy and bountiful as sakura blossoms, but certainly very pretty in a subtler, more elegant way. They were also…