We hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season. Christmas is a very large holiday in Japan so as the gift giving season ramps up, we wanted to share with you some authentic Japanese gifts ideas. There's something for everyone here! Oh, and メリークリスマス is how you say Merry Christmas in Japanese.
One of my favorite Japanese snack makers is Kobe Fugetsudo. Started in 1897, they make numerous premium Japanese snacks which are not only tasty but have great packaging, thus making perfect gifts. This week, we take a look at one of my favorites by them: Simosan.
Hato Sabure (鳩サブレー) is a very popular cookie from Kamakura, Japan. The store, Teshimaya (豊島屋), which makes the cookies has been open since the Meiji period (1868) so there's a lot of history to the cookies. But how does it taste? Read on to find out!
There are so many unique KitKat flavors in Japan that you can’t find anywhere else. While wandering rural Japan, I came upon a flavor I hadn't seen before: Azuki (redbean) Sandwich. Read the review to find out how it is.
“Off The Beaten Path” is a new series of posts where we will explore some of the lesser known yet amazing places to experience in Japan.
First stop: Nakasu (中洲).
Obama is a town in Japan, responsible for producing over 80% of all the lacquer chopsticks. In this post, let’s take a look at one of the most popular, yet commonly overlooked item: the chopstick.
Among the thousands of shrines in Japan, Fushimi Inari ( 伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha ) is one of the most well-known and beautiful of them all. Read this post to read more about this mystical shrine.
Japan is a land of "kawaii", aka cuteness. From anime, to the way some people dress, to even ordinary things such as signs, the culture of "kawaii" is everywhere. Foods in particular can be too cute to eat in Japan. Read this post to see some amazingly cute food from Japan.
If I had to choose one snack which represents Japan, it would have to be the Dango. Dango is a Japanese sweet dumpling made from rice flour (mochiko) similar to mochi. Dangos are amazing because there are so many ways that they can be prepared and eaten. What your favorite type of Dango?
Japan has a rich history and culture of baked goods. There are very few things in this world that are better than the experience of walking into a Japanese bakery: the smell of freshly baked bread and pastries, the sight of perfectly baked goods, the noise of bakers in the back churning out new batches of bread. Explore the amazing world of Japanese bakeries!