If you have been consuming and experimenting with sake for a while then you have on more than one occasion asked yourself whether or not a bottle of sake has gone bad. Here we will show you how to tell and more importantly, how to maximize shelf life by storing it correctly. How to tell if sake has gone bad? This is a tricky question […]
The taste of sake can be best described as complex, especially when dealing with the more premium brands. In many cases, such complexities can only be attributed to a brewing process that has been perfected over the span of many generations. In this article, we will take a closer look at how sake is made, but before we get into that, we will first uncover […]
So you find yourself in Japan and would like to become more familiarized with sake. Problem is, with so many thousands of brands available, where do you start? We take out the guesswork by presenting you with a list of the best sake tasting tours in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Sake tasting tours in Tokyo Sake tasting in Tokyo could not be easier. A city […]
The Japanese puzzle box with its complex underlying mechanics and aesthetic appeal were once used by everyone from travelers, housewives, and even ninjas and samurais. Although first created nearly 200 years ago, these pretty little Japanese boxes are still with us today. Here we will review three of the best Japanese puzzle boxes you can buy. We will also reveal how it works and uncover […]
Haarii, or dragon boat races are an ancient Okinawan seafaring custom celebrated as a festival to thank the ocean for the blessings it provides. For these races sabani’s, which are elongated boats used by Okinawan fishermen for centuries, are used..
The Koenji Awa Odori is the Tokyo version of an enormous dance festival which originated in Tokushima City approximately 400 years ago. It takes place in various cities across Japan as part of the O-bon festival but the Koenji Awa Odori, as the name..
If you’re fortunate enough to be in Okinawa between late January and early February you will be among the first people in Japan to experience the yearly cherry blossoms. Actually, Spring is a period when the archipelago becomes famous..
The word Aoi Matsuri translates to ‘Hollyhock Festival’ and is sometimes referred to as the Kamo Festival. The event, which is over a thousand years old takes place yearly on the 15th March and is one of the three main Kyoto festivals. It involves a procession..
If you thought the Samba Carnival only takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil then think again. It originated in Brazil and many people do not know this but it’s also celebrated in other countries around the world. The Asakusa Samba Carrnival held each August in..
The bonsai, when sculpted correctly, has an incredible aesthetic beauty to it. And what better way is there to enjoy this art than at one of the many year-round bonsai exhibitions in Japan? These shows attract some of the best horticulturalists who come..