Saturday, October 19, 2019
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In harmony with the seasons: Choyo no Sekku

The “yang” of the “yin-yang” concept is thought to become too strong and hence inauspicious on dates which are odd-numbered in both day and month. The sekku, or seasonal festival, became an event to...

Discover Murakami, Niigata with Ocean Flavours

Autumn is full of activities in Tohoku! It is the time of year when locals are busy preserving food for the long, harsh winter ahead, and visitors are welcome to have a taste during...

Golden Rice Ears

When going to a Japanese supermarket, you might be surprised by the many different types of rice on sale. “Japonica rice” is well-known for its stickiness and sweetness. The Tohoku region has long been...

The “DATE Culture” Fostered by Masamune

More than Just a Warrior Born in a time when Japan was plagued by civil wars during the Sengoku period (mid 15th century - early 17th century), Masamune rose quickly to become a tactful, ruthless...

From grilled foods to deserts and drinks: Japanese street stalls

These mobile food stalls are a staple of the matsuri scene. From grilled foods like yakitori and okonomiyaki to desserts like choco-banana and taiyaki, these stores serve up almost any kind of Japanese festival...
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Flowing Noodles: Chopstick Fishing

This fun summer tradition has diners working to catch their meal. Aptly named “flowing noodles”, The sōmen is placed in long bamboo flumes with fast running cold water that carries the noodles past guests...

Nishiyama, the secret hot spring of gods and champions

Tucked away in the Fukushima countryside, perhaps it's no surprise that this hot spring and traditional Japanese inn is overlooked by many people. But it is a crying shame, as – apart from the...

FIVE unforgettable experiences during our Yamagata Minshuku stay!

by Chew Yan Qiao My colleague and I were blessed with the opportunity to stay at a minshuku at Iide town in Yamagata Prefecture. Minshuku are Japanese-style “bed and breakfast” lodgings. They are usually family...

Explore the unspoiled nature and unique culture of Yanaizu town

Far-removed from the Tokyo lifestyle, the Yanaizu area in Fukushima prefecture is a little-known place filled with unforgettable sights and untapped Japanese cultural history. Even the trip there is something straight out of a...

The picture-perfect Fuji Shibazakura Festival

Small flowers with five heart-shaped petals in various shades of pink and purple cover the ground of a wide open area. Their different colors come together to weave a beautiful tapestry. As if that...