What Inspires Japanese Pottery and Porcelain Designs

Japanese are well known for having good taste in designs. Of course, to be able to come up with beautiful designs, one must be inspired. Japan’s culture is definitely an inspiration to the Japanese and to all who have experienced the country. From their nature to history, the sun is continuously rising to illuminate the…

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Sushi Gift Sets

Are you tired of thinking of cool and imaginative gifts for your friends? Or maybe stressed from the thought of giving them something they might already have? If so, you might need to give your presents a refreshing Asian twist. Stop giving them ordinary presents and get them something unique and creative they will surely…

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Rules for Proper Chopstick Use

Historically, knives were considered weapons in Japan and not utensils used by guests at a meal. Instead of a knife and fork, the Japanese use a pair of smooth wooden sticks called chopsticks to eat their meals. If you have been to a sushi bar or traditional Japanese restaurant, you have almost certainly seen and perhaps used…

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Ideas with Bulk Chopsticks

Chopsticks are considered traditional utensils in Japan and other Asian countries. Over the years, even those of different cultures and backgrounds have come to learn and use them whenever they dine in most Asian restaurants. But have you ever considered what other wonderful ideas you can do with bulk chopsticks? Creativity Nowadays, people have become really…

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Japanese Tea Ceremony

“Chanoyu” means “hot water for tea,” but it is also the term for the traditional Japanese Tea ceremony. A historical part of Japanese Tea Ceremonies and is a form of art and of spiritual cleansing influenced by Zen Buddhism practiced all over the nation to this day. All aspects of chanoyu are heavily ritualized and…

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How To Clean A Steel Wok

Japanese Style carries woks made of carbon steel, a material that resembles cast iron and often has a blue sheen (hence the nickname “blue steel”). Like cast iron, carbon steel is sensitive material. It develops a dark nonstick coating that can last for years and make cooking and cleaning far easier than using an ordinary…

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What is Sushi Etiquette?

Freshwater eel, raw meat, and salty fish roe – who would have thought that these seemingly obscure dishes would eventually become a mainstream type of cuisine? Sushi etiquette is important in this centuries-old food from Japan; sushi is a well-loved cuisine worldwide. It became popular in Western cultures over the past few decades and has…

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History of Traditional Bento Boxes

Everyone is familiar with a rapidly growing food trend: bento boxes. The Japanese created bento boxes to pack lunches. Recently, they have become something of culinary art as many people make designs with food. Some boxes feature decorated rice. There are even bento art contests! But where does bento come from? How Bento Boxes Came to…

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How to Properly Serve and Drink Sake

Japanese rice wine is collectively referred to as “sake,” pronounced “sah-kay.” Unlike recreational drinking in most countries, drinking sake is an art. It requires the host to know everything from the temperature of the sake to the appropriate manner of pouring. Most Western countries do not practice the traditional way of sake drinking. However, authentic Japanese…

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