Shojin Ryori : Buddhist vegetarian cuisine

Shojin Ryori : Buddhist vegetarian cuisine

What is Shojin Ryori?? Unlike any other popular Japanese food like sushi or ramen, perhaps syojin ryori sounds very unfamiliar to people outside Japan. Syojin […]

Onsen – Japanese hot spa

Onsen – Japanese hot spa

Onsen (温泉) is a Japanese word that translates in English as hot spa. Onsen is a specific type of hot spa, that is a naturally […]

Hanami

Hanami

  Hanami (花見) meaning flower viewing, is a traditional Japanese custom of appreciating flowers. Hanami usually refers to the viewing of the Cherry blossoms, commonly […]

Hiragana Lesson – How to pronounce Hiragana?

Hiragana Lesson – How to pronounce Hiragana?

  Hello How is your Japanese Study going? It is easy to remember Hiragana but it is hard to pronounce Japanese as everyone knows. Hiragana […]

Hatsumode : First visit to a shrine of the year

Hatsumode : First visit to a shrine of the year

Hatsumode (初詣) is the first shrine visit of the New Year. The first character 初 means “first,” and the second character 詣 means “attend” or […]

Oomisoka : New Year Eve!

Oomisoka : New Year Eve!

New Year Eve is called “Oomisoka” which translates to “the Big last Day of the Year”. Even though Christmas is a big time in Japan, […]

Japanese UNESCO World Heritage

Japanese UNESCO World Heritage

In Japan, UNESCO World Heritage Sites are extremely popular and there is even a weekly travel show dedicated to showcasing sites from all over the […]

Oosouji: Japan’s version of spring cleaning

Oosouji: Japan’s version of spring cleaning

Oosouji (大掃除) oo means big and souji means?cleaning. Oosouji is similar to a western style ‘spring clean’ performed around the 28th of December as a […]

New years postcards in Japan – Nengajyo

New years postcards in Japan – Nengajyo

Nengajyou are cards sent as greetings for the new year, similar to Western style christmas cards. They are used to express gratitude in the previous […]

Cosplay in Japan

Cosplay in Japan

  Cosplay (コスプレ, kosupure) is a contraction (or portmanteau) of the English words “costume” and “play.” It is, more specifically, a subculture that focuses on […]