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Make the Most of February and Enjoy the Beautiful Plum Blossoms!

The first thing that’ll come to mind when you hear of the term Flower Viewing in Japan would probably be none other than the famous Sakura or cherry blossoms. One of the most well-known symbols of Japan and the sign of spring in the country. Also, most of the cherry blossoms on average start to…

5 of the Best Japanese Chips

Potato chips. I know, they are unhealthy, loaded with salt, and let’s face it – greasy. Still, we can all agree that they are therapy in a bag! When you first come to Japan and can’t read a word, buying a bag of potato chips is like a blindfolded taste test with a deranged tormentor.…

Tubes of Flavour- 5 Must-Have Sauces to Spice Up Your Next Meal!

Even the most diligent housewife (or househusband) doesn’t have the time to make EVERYTHING from scratch. Grated ginger? Nasty shredded fingernails. Pureed garlic? Stanky hands for days. ameblo.jp/ Just give the following a quick squeeze, mix mix mix, and voila! Taste galore! Just make sure to refrigerate after opening. 1. Hot Mustard (Karashi) sbfoods.co.jp/ The…

5 Exotic Japanese Fruits!

Have you ever been grocery shopping in Japan and thought… What on earth is that? If you risk buying an unidentified object you may be in for a treat… or a nasty surprise … depending on which exotic fruit you go for. In this article, we’ll take a look at some interesting fruits you can…

Kenrokuen Garden, one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan

Kenrokuen Garden is one of the three famous gardens along with Korakuen in Okayama and Kairakuen in Mito. These three gardens are known as “Nihon Sanmeien” (The Three Great Gardens of Japan). hot-ishikawa.jp/ Kenrokuen Garden is located on a hill in the centre of Kanazawa city, outside the gates of Kanazawa Castle. Kenrokuen Garden was…

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…

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…