What is “Kyushoku“? – Ranking the 5 Most Popular Dishes

In Japan, most public elementary and junior high school have Kyushoku, a school lunch provided to all students on every school day. Some schools have their own kitchens and cooks, but most are prepared at Kyshoku centers where cooks and dieticians work, and are immediately delivered to each school to guarantee that meals stay warm.…

5 Surprising English Words that Originated from Japanese

We know that the Japanese have Romaji and multiple literal English translations in their language. Also, there are quite a lot of Japanese loanewords in English such as Bento, Manga, Tsunami, Hentai, Ramen, Soba, Bonsai, Origami, Karate, and Kamikaze. However, there are some English words that do not seem as distinctively Japanese as “Tsunami” or…

5 Easy Ghibli Recipes to Try at Home!

Studio Ghibli’s movie has lots of fantastic dishes, and many fans have been eager to try them. However, while most of the famous dishes like Kiki’s herring pie and Spirited Away’s bizarre food Chihiro’s father ate and many fans have failed to replicate are more difficult to prepare, Ghibli’s movies also have simpler dishes one…

What Are The Differences Between Yukata and Kimono?

It is very easy to recognize the traditional Japanese clothing of the yukata and kimono when you see one, they are very distinct garments. However, many people will not be aware of the difference between the two. The origin of the Japanese kimono is from the Chinese traditional Han clothing, although an apron was still…

Top 5 Most Ridiculous Misconceptions About Japan

Oh my God, are you going to Japan? The Last Samurai and Memoirs of a Geisha are my favorite movies! Just don’t get too involved with some manga looking Japanese hottie, okay? Oh and take care with what you eat, I heard radiation poisoning is huge over there, okay? Ever been told anything like this?…

What’s Obon? – One of Japan’s Most Important Holidays

How much do you know about Japan’s Obon customs? Normally during this period, Japanese people are allowed to take long vacations, and there are festivals in several places throughout the country. If you learn about Obon, its background and how it is celebrated, you’ll definitely learn a lot about Japanese culture. If you are in…

Why Does Japan Have So Few Trash Cans in Public Areas?

In many countries, public places such as city streets and local parks have a large number of easy to spot trash cans where you can easily dispose of your drink container, gum wrapper, or sandwich wrapping. However, one thing that soon becomes apparent to many travelers after being in Japan for any length of time…

Cheers! 8 Great Beer Gardens in Tokyo – 2020 Edition

Saying goodbye to the long rainy season means that the hot and humid summer has finally come in Japan. Opening a nice, cold beer at home after a hard day of work is needless to say a good treatment for your tired body. But why not doing that outside with perfect appetizers while relaxing in…

Anime Pilgrimage: 10 Different Cities You Can Visit!

Fans tend to go on pilgrimages to see and take photos of places that appeared in their favorite movies or their most beloved TV shows. It is not uncommon to hear of Game of Thrones fans travelling across Europe to find places that brought to life the city of King’s Landing or the walls of…