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Chagusaba Tea Production: Sustainable, Semi-Natural Meadows – and Delicious Teas

Chagusaba Tea Production: Sustainable, Semi-Natural Meadows – and Delicious Teas
Chagusaba is a traditional agricultural production method dating back more than 10,000 yearsIt's a key method of producing high-quality, sweeter natural tea, with a distinct aroma and taste. By cultivating grasslands and meadows, plus processing native plants in thoughtful ways, Japan has proven out a traditional, sustainable method of tea-farming.  

Satoyama: The Japanese Coexistence of Human-Made Landscapes and the Natural World

coexistence of human-made landscapes and the natural world.

A deep connection to nature has traditionally been a key element of spiritual life in Japan. In spite of the distance from nature, or perhaps because of it, Japanese people have a great fondness for rural landscapes. There is even a term in Japanese, Satoyama, that expresses the transition and coexistence of human-made landscapes and the natural world.

Seating Arrangements for the Perfect Dining Etiquette in Japan

Seating Arrangements for the Perfect Dining Etiquette in Japan
From formal meals to traditional tea ceremonies, it is wise to develop some understanding of what is considered good manners. Whether eating with new Japanese friends, dining in a Japanese restaurant, or attending a business lunch with a Japanese client, following a few simple etiquette rules can make you shine.

Japanese Etiquette for Eating Noodles

Japanese Etiquette for Eating Noodles

Japanese culture has a rich and long traditional history, with a proper etiquette for almost every occasion. Not surprisingly, eating noodles has some specific rules and etiquette which come in hand if you're planing a trip to Japan.

Food Etiquette in Japan

Etiquette rules on how to eat sushi, ramen and other Japanese food in Japan

Food and etiquette are an important part of Japanese culture and we would like to shed light on some specific Japanese dishes that have their own rules, including sushi, ramen and boxed meals known as bentos. This will help you as you travel through Japan!

Chopsticks Etiquette for Perfect Japanese Table Manners

Chopsticks Etiquette for Perfect Japanese Table Manners

Whether you are planing a trip to Japan or want to make a good impression, you should definitely do your research. Japan has a rich dinning history, especially when it comes to the use of chopsticks, with many traditions and unwritten rules.

Japan's Stadiums Food: What You Can Look Forward to at the 2019 RWC and the 2020 Olympics

Japan's Stadiums Food: What You Can Look Forward to at the 2019 RWC and the 2020 Olympics

Rugby World Cup is in this year Japan and with the Olympics and Paralympics also taking place in the archipelago next year, there are a lot of stadium foods to look forward!

Beyond Sumo – A Look at Japan’s Sports Culture

Beyond Sumo – A Look at Japan’s Sports Culture
For most of the Western world, what comes to mind when thinking about Japan’s sports culture is sumo and, for manga fans, baseball. These are part of Japanese culture, yes, but we would be remiss in thinking this is where it ends. There is definitely something more! 

Hana-Ichiban: A Guesthouse and Garden that Make You Feel at Home

Hana-Ichiban: A Guesthouse and Garden that Make You Feel at Home

When I had the opportunity to travel back to my second hometown of Wakayama this spring, I made a point to ask around beforehand whether there were any homestays or farm-stays that might be available and settled on a brief stay at a guest house, or minshuku, called Hana-ichiban.

Get Ready For Tanabata Festival!

Get Ready For Tanabata Festival!

One of the most popular summer festivals, Tanabata is coming up fast. With a beautiful story behind it and widespread celebrations around Japan, it is time to get acquainted with the “Star Festival.”

Hinamatsuri: Girls’ Day Celebration History and Customs

Hinamatsuri, also known as Girls’ Day, is a celebration that occurs annually on March 3rd in honor of girls in Japan.
Hinamatsuri, also known as Girls’ Day, is a celebration that occurs annually on March 3rd in honor of girls in Japan.

Valentine's Day in Japan: Sweets for My Sweet?

Valentine's Day in Japan: On February 14th, women give three types of chocolate or “choko/チョコ”: “honmei choko/本命チョコ,” “giri choko/義理チョコ,” and “tomo choko/友チョコ.” “Honmei” is an expression of love. “Tomo” is part of the Japanese word “tomodachi” which means
The unique way Valentine's Day is celebrated in Japan.