lotus (hasu)

6 Spectacular Sights to See and Things to Do Around Japan’s Lake Biwa This Summer

Lake Biwa (琵琶湖), also known as Biwako, is the largest freshwater lake in Japan. With its long history, it is sometimes called the “Mother Lake.” Lake Biwa offers spectacular sights and activities that you can enjoy in daytime or at nighttime. Since summer in Japan is coming up, beat the heat by surrounding yourself with…

Experience the Mysterious Wonders of Lotus Cuisine at Kyozen Usami Restaurant

In many Asian cultures and Buddhism, lotus (蓮 or ‘hasu’ in Japanese) has long been admired for its divine and pure beauty blooming out of impure muddy waters. Almost all parts of a lotus plant, ranging from its grains, seeds, to its petals, have a variety of uses in our daily lives; one of which…

Flowers to See in Japan After Sakura Season

Sakura season in Japan is an amazing time to go to “hanami” a flower viewing party. The season usually lasts from late March to mid April depending on where you are in Japan. It is possible to see some late blooming varieties around Tokyo or Kyoto into mid-April and to catch the start of the…