You stumble upon this post probably because by now, you have taken interest in the Japanese culture. Perhaps you are thinking that the best way to learn more about their culture is to understand their way of writing. You are not mistaken in this respect. If you are really into the whole cultural immersion thing,…

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Why do people go do bed and breakfasts? Maybe they just needed a place to stay and yours was the last room in town. But, is it really that simple? Most often not. The difference between staying at a hotel and staying at a hotel is the experience. You aren’t just selling a room with…

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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. The culture of Japan is definitely an inspiration to Japanese and to all who have experienced the country. From their nature to history, the sun is continuously rising to illuminate…

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Numerology has always played a part in the lives of people from the Orient. The Japanese, specifically, have a profound fondness for the number 5. A little backgrounder on the figure’s place in their culture will go a long way when you visit or meet someone from Japan. One of the more straightforward applications of…

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Most of us don’t just love Japanese cuisine – we absolutely adore it! After all, who wouldn’t? Sushi, sashimi, tempura, soba – just the sound of these delectable dishes fill our tummies with delight. We know that in your quest to try to replicate an authentic Japanese dining experience, you’ve probably caught yourself buying your…

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Historically, knives were considered weapons in Japan and not utensils that belonged in front of 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…

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

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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 all over the world. It became popular in Western cultures over the past few…

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Everyone is familiar with a rapidly growing food trend: bento boxes. Bento boxes were created simply to pack lunches. In fact recently they have become something of a 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…

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Japanese rice wine is collectively referred to as “sake,” pronounced “sah-kay.” However, 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…

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