In the heat of midsummer, throughout Japan, a mysterious, otherworldly group descends upon these isles in hordes. Nope, it isn’t tourists flocking to climb Mt. Fuji – it’s the spirits of the dead. Obon may be Japan’s festival of the dead, but it’s far from being all doom and gloom. Here are the top 5 things you need to know to get your head around Obon…
Japanese tea ceremony is known as chanoyu, sado or chado and has a history spanning more than 1000 years. It’s […]
Do you throw salt over your shoulder to ward off bad luck? Eat chicken soup to cure a cold? Or perhaps you even crush up eggshells to make sure witches can’t use them as boats to sail the seas! Wethat delicious food is serious business and as such no matter where in the world you hail from there’s bound to be a wealth of local foodie folklore and superstitions. Japan too has its fair share! So join us as we uncover the truth about how your cuppa could bring you good luck or what to avoid if you don’t want to turn into a cow!
Tanabata is an important Japanese festival held on the 7th day of the 7th month and represents the […]
Giving gifts to people from different cultures can be a confusing practice and Japan is no exception to […]
Japanese tea comes in many varieties, from refreshing sencha to earthy matcha with its vivid green hue, all […]
Like Japanese food but can’t speak Japanese? Then this word glossary is for you! It contains the most […]