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Japanese sake, the global phenomenon — try it for yourself! An up-to-date beginner’s guide to Japanese sake.

We’re beginning to see renewed interest in Japanese sake from young people here in Japan. Its meteoric rise is far from over abroad as well. According to the National Tax Agency (NTA), 2015 saw 14 billion yen worth of sake exports. That’s 121.8% of the previous year, making it the …

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What is Japan’s “Kawaii! Culture” so loved by the world? Let’s review basic facts about “Kawaii! Culture” that you have been too afraid to ask!

It was 2010 when Takashi Murakami, a worldly contemporary artist, proposed for a “strategic ‘Cool Japan’ method of production in the art world,” leading to the appearance of the Cool Japan Advisory Council at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2010. While Cool Japan is Japan’s all-nation effort …

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A casual experience with traditional Japanese clothes! A service where you can enjoy the city in a cultured way

When enjoying sightseeing or a date in the traditional areas of Kyoto, Asakusa, or Kamakura, it can be a new and interesting experience to explore the city in traditional Japanese clothes. We would like to introduce the traditional Japanese clothing services that tourists can enjoy without any preparation. 1.Rental kimono …

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Five Things to Know About Fushimi Inari-taisha Before Visiting

Oinari-san are a common type of shrine to Japanese people, with over 30,000 nationwide. Fushimi Inari-taisha is actually the head shrine of all of these Oinari-san. Popular with both Japanese and foreign tourists, many foreigners visit Fushimi Inari-taisha from early in the morning. Most of them were attracted to the …

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A Feature of Japanese New Year—Hatsumode! Let’s take one more look at the rituals and practices of Japan’s traditional religions (Shinto)

While the Japanese new year cannot be celebrated without hatsumode, many of us are amazingly unfamiliar with the etiquettes for it. So, let’s take a look at them and brush them up. (The following article contains information on rituals and practices that include components based on Japan’s traditional religions (such …

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The Beautiful World of Wagashi ~ A Beginner’s Guide for Better Enjoyment of Japanese Sweets

The wagashi has long been a beloved treat in Japan for not only its flavor and fragrance, but also its appealing appearance, and some may compare it to deeply tasteful bite-sized works of art. Having captivated the hearts of all Japanese young and old, the wagashi has also attracted many …

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The profound world of the “sushi” – An introduction to first-timers at the sushi counter

Sushi has come to head the top of the list when it comes to popular foods for foreigners who visit Japan. Its beauty, its delicious taste made from the pairing of the sushi rice and the topping, and more than anything else, it being a healthy option is the secret …

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