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The Invention of Oyster Sausages - A Delicacy from Iwate Prefecture

The Invention of Oyster Sausages - A Delicacy from Iwate Prefecture
I had no idea that oyster sausages existed on this earth, or that they were in Iwate Prefecture.

Dancing with Colors in Iwate Prefecture

Ninohe dance Festival

Up in Iwate prefecture is a tiny town called Ninohe. Ninohe’s community center has boosted their efforts to increase youth involvement in hopes they will carry on local traditions. One such tradition is a dance with lots of colors and instruments.

Regional Dishes to Try in Tōhoku

Yonezawa beef

Japan's Tōhoku Region is renowned for producing some of Japan's highest quality agriculture. Here are a few regional specialities.

Tohoku: Bountiful Nature in Northern Japan

Yokote Snow Festival in Akita, Japan

Japan's Tōhoku Region (東北地方), known for its rustic countrysides, expansive landscapes and relaxing natural hot springs, consists of six prefectures located in the north of Japan's main island of Honshu. Renowned for its samurai history, the region is also famous for having Japan's highest quality agriculture including rice, sake, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, and horse sashimi.

Japanese Comfort Food: Food of the Heart, Food of the Home

Japanese Comfort Food: Food of the Heart, Food of the Home

As is the case with many things in traditional Japanese culture, simplicity seems to be key even in home cooking. Many of the dishes close to people’s hearts are the ones that embrace the wabi-sabi, the imperfections and sometimes the rough nature of home cooking. They are made just as much by the intent going into them as they are by their individual ingredients.

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.

The Guide to Japanese Noodles

The Guide to Japanese Noodles

Noodles have a rich history in Japan and are integral to Japanese cuisine. They're extremely versatile and can be enjoyed in soups, stir-fries, dipped in sauces or in salads. Some of them may seem similar but there are countless varieties based on the ingredients and regional flavors. There's a noodle for every taste!

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.