Japanese tradition

Summertime in Japan is good for Outdoor Dining!

It’s summertime in Japan! Of the many things to look forward to is outdoor dining. Because the seasons are very strictly observed in this country, you will find that outdoor dining is difficult to come by, even during the warmer spring days. Most restaurants won’t open their rooftops and patios to their customers until May.…

Unexpected Random Things that the Japanese simply Love

Japanese people love sushi, rice balls, vending machines, cute CosPlay costumes and Hello Kitty… that much is obvious. But what about other adorations that you only notice once you live in Japan? This is a quirky country, and I have been taken aback many times by the surprising things that the Japanese like, such as……

Enjoy the variety of Japanese pickles

Did you know that there are more than ten ways to pickle vegetables if you do it the Japanese way? And that most of them can be easily done at home? tokyo-nishigawa.net/ ‘Tsukemono’ (漬け物 = ‘pickled things’) are essential side dishes in the Japanese cuisine. They are usually eaten on side, but sometimes as topping,…

Hand-picked Secrets of Japanese Green Tea

May is the month for picking the tea for which Japan is widely known. It is a common sight in the countryside to see groups of bicycles parked alongside tea fields shrouded in black. cdn-ak.f.st-hatena.com/ The sound of conversations and rustling leaves give evidence that someone is inside those mysterious black places. However, just from…

5 Signs that you have been “Japanized”

If you have lived for a certain duration of time in a different country other than your own with a different set of values and customs, chances are you will eventually adopt certain actions or habits of that country. These habits and actions are picked up by associating yourself with the locals in the workplace,…

Custom of seasonal gifts during Summer and Winter

Giving gifts is a sign of appreciation. Though Japanese have often different occasions where presents are given, there are plenty of chances to show platonic affection or simply to say thank you. Where Christmas and on birthdays usually only children receive and young couples give each other presents, there are two big occasions, where adults…

Otsukaresama, soothe those aching muscles in a relaxing onsen!

Japanese culture has a certain level of comfort with being naked. Some festivals like the naked man festival shows how comfortable the people can be with nakedness. I think their nakedness has more to do with comfort than it does with sexuality. There is a childlike modesty they have about the naked body. Onsens and…

A very underrated and uncommon Shrine: Kamigoryo Jinja

Introduction The Goryo Shrine, most commonly known as the Kamigoryo shrine or kamigoryo jinja is located 5 minutes from Doshisha University and the Kyoto Imperial palace (Kyoto-gosho). It was established during the Heian Period of Japanese history on the site of a former Buddhist temple. This shrine is a little hidden making not as famous…

Why are Water Bottles Placed in Front of Japanese Houses?

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed water bottles in front of some of the Japanese houses? Not to generalize, as only a few homes have water bottles in front of them, but still why?! There are many views and answers on this but one that makes total sense is just two words:…

3 Popular Animals in the Japanese Mythology

Every culture has a rich tapestry of folk tales and mythology, and Japan is no exception. You may be familiar with Yokai from scary stories or films, but there are some characters in the folk law that are a bit cuter, although they still might be naughty! Three animals are often written about in Japanese…