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Last update June 24, 2022

Things About Japan




PHOTO HAIKU 7

Summer in Japan



Charmed by lotus
A budda moment
Flowering

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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.
japanese food 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 temple in Japan kabusanji temple in Japan
miyama village in Japan otokuni temple in Japan

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.

wakasono rose park in Japan yoshimine temple in Japan
nagaoka tenmangu shrine in Japan otokuni temple in Japan

Japanese Oyatsu 2

Roughly meaning “Time Eight” (the 8th segment of the ancient 12-fold timekeeping system), Oyatsu is a sweet or snack eaten at around two or three pm in the afternoon.

Toraya

If you haven’t ever tasted a Monaka (a rice-cake-wafer sandwich filled with bean paste) that can vibrate your delicious-conscious mind, then this is definitely worth trying! That kind of gourmet enlightenment hit me when I first pecked at one made by Toraya, a Japanese Shinise (an old-established shop) in Kyoto. That was in my thirties, and you may say that I hadn’t eaten many high-quality products so far. OK, maybe, I’m just exaggerating a bit, I’ll admit it, but still, I can say you’l never regret the experience. And so is its Yokan (bean paste jelly). Since childhood, the sweet has been just a boring Oyatsu for me, which totally changed after trying their products. Yokan can be so delightful and thrilling!
Check the shop: Toraya.

Japanese Gohan 1

Nanakusa Gayu

Meaning “Seven-herbs porridge”, Nanakusa Gayu is a dish consumed on January 7, wishing health throughout the year. So, what are those seven herbs to be included? They are Seri (Japanese parsley), Nazuna (shepherd’s purse), Gogyō (a species of daisy plant), Hakobera (Stellaria), Hotokenoza (Lapsana), Suzuna (turnip), and Suzushiro (radish). But you don’t have to explore the fields to find them; a seven-herbs set is available at the supermarket.

The taste? Well, you can’t expect much since its purpose is to enhance your health, and it tastes like another salt-based porridge. An ancient legend says a filial son prepared this porridge for his ailing (already) centenarian parents to prolong their lifespans.


Seasonal Haiku 7

By Masaoka Shiki


Ajisai ya
Kinohu no makoto
Kefu no uso
Hydrangeas
True colors yesterday
False colors today

Note: The photo for inspiration.
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