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Ume Blossoms and Hanami: Best Spots to View the Plum Blossoms in Japan 2019

Is almost spring in Japan and when you think of spring, cherry blossoms are automatically associated with this beautiful season where everything comes back to life and we see the world in beautiful colours after a long, gloomy winter. However, in Japan, the ume(plum) flower is actually the first sign of spring as they blossom…

The Cherry Blossoms in Japan- Sakura as a part of the Japanese History

Sakura in the Traditional Japanese Painting One of the things that make Japan an interesting place to go to is seeing Sakura or “Cherry Blossoms”, a flowering plant almost seen in most of the well-known places in Japan. “Sakura” is part of the Japanese culture. This flower is very symbolic to the Japanese people and…
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Meaning of “Giri Choco”: The Guide to Valentine`s Day and White Day in Japan

It is almost February… time passes by so quickly, isn`t it? In Japan, you can already see how fast things are getting ready for the next exciting event to come: Valentine`s Day; a celebration of romance and love that takes place annually on February 14th in many places around the world. On Valentine`s day, people…
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Check Out Japan`s 5 Great Sakura Trees to Visit This Spring!

Cherry blossom, or sakura (桜), is a national treasure in Japan. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Japanese people and tourists flock to cherry blossom viewing areas for hanami (花見) or flower viewing parties. This is not a new trend as flower viewing has been a pastime for many eras. Transport yourself to the hanami…
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11 Aizome(Japan Blue) Products That You Should Get From Japan as Souvenir!

Japan, has long held the art of all natural indigo dyeing called Aizome 藍染め. Though many other countries have been producing indigo dye around the same time with some even much earlier, the Japanese’s method is unique in the sense that it uses sukumo (fermented Polygonum leaves). This over 1400 years of history art of…
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10 Wonderfully Weird Japanese Festivals to Look Forward in 2019

Because normal festivals are overrated; because life is too short to be doing the same old stuff. Fortunately, Japan’s inventive and unique culture simply knows no bounds! Japanese people find reasons to celebrate the things that are usually taken for granted in Western societies with festivals, or more commonly known as “matsuri.” Since hanami season…

Feeling Cold? Here Are 4 Japanese “Flower” Hot Pots Perfect for Winter

As days get colder and colder, what’s the best thing to eat that can provide that much-needed warmth? Look no further than the versatile nabe i.e. hot pot, which can take on a dizzying array of variations in Japan! From the common sukiyaki to the motsunabe (which probably requires a bit of courage to stomach…