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Things About Japan

Last update May 19, 2021

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Eating Experience That’s More Than Eating.

Forget about workaholics at your office gobbling up instant noodles. In Japan, eating should be more than just filling your stomach. It’s an all-sense engaging activity to experience food. Explore the distinctively natural taste of food while savouring its condensed seasonal sensations. Click an image to learn about the food, or here for the index.
sakuramochi edamame ramen
sake sushi sukiyaki

In Quest Of A Wabi-Sabi Spirit

Tired of bustling spots filled with all Harries and Sallies? It’s time to experience a little bit of Wabi-Sabi at some unknown places. You don't need famous big temples to taste this minimalistic serenity. Because Wabi-Sabi is to appreciate the “less” positively. Click the image to learn about the spot, or here for the list.

ikkyuji kabusanji
miyama otokuni

Flower Lovers Are Not True Villains

You too must love flowers. Actually, hard to find those who hate them. Love for flowers has no boundaries, and many temples in Japan are famous for their specific flower gardens. Temples of peony, hydrangea, azalea, iris to name a few. Click the image to learn about the flower spot.

rose yoshimine
nagaoka otokuni
Japanese Watch

Why Fish Banners in the Sky?

What are these things? What’s happening in the sky? This phenomenon is becoming popular in suburban areas in Japan. Not in the countryside where there are plenty of lands for accommodating every Taro’s (equivalent of English Jack) fishes. Those banners are called Koi Nobori (lit. a carp climber) and traditionally raised in the sky by each family with male children to wish for their health and success, on the fifth of May (previously the festival day dedicated to boys).

But why carps?

Seasonal Haiku

By Matsuo Basho

Samidare wo
Atsumete Hayashi
Mogami Gawa
Fifth month rain
Amassed into the rapids
Of the Mogami River

Note: The Mogami River is located in Yamagata Prefecture. The photo is not related to the river.
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Strolling Kyoto

“Hey, where’re you going?” — “Leave me alone.”

A heron sauntering on the pavement along the Kamo river, Kyoto. See more.