Tea-ceremony

Wagashi with tea ceremony of December

Finally, the year is coming to a close in December. In Japan, it is customary to soak in yuzu bath on the winter solstice, when the days are the sh...
Tea-ceremony

Wagashi with tea ceremony of November

November is the border between autumn and winter in Japan. The Tori-no-Ichi is held on the day of the rooster in November to buy lucky charms such ...
Kimono

Trivia of Japanese checkered pattern / Traditional Kimono pattern ⑤

Ichimatsu pattern is called a checkerboard pattern in English and it is a pattern in which squares of two colors are repeated up, down, left, and ri...
Tea-ceremony

Wagashi with tea ceremony of October

October is a month of enjoying moon-viewing called Otsukimi in Japanese. At this time of the year, there are many delicious foods available, such a...
Kimono

Trivia of Japanese hemp leaf pattern / Traditional Kimono pattern ④

Japanese hemp leaf pattern, called "Asanoha" is a geometric pattern of hexagons connecting rhombus shapes. This pattern has been used to decora...
Shrine

Shrine stamp in Hawaii!? Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii

Did you know that there are shrines overseas where you can get a shrine stamp? That's the Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii in Honolulu, Oahu, ...
Tea-ceremony

Wagashi with tea ceremony of September

In Japane, 9th of September is one of the five festivals, called 'Chou-yo'. This is also known as the "Chrysanthemum Festival" because people decor...
Shrine

Asaskusa Sensoji Temple, the place to go in a kimono

Sensouji Temple is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Tokyo. Did you know that it is the oldest temple in Tokyo? It was founded in 628...
Tea-ceremony

Wagashi with tea ceremony of August

Summer is in full swing in August. It seems like every year the heat gets hotter and hotter. In Japan, August is the season of Obon, when we wel...
Souveir

Secretary’s recommendation! “Denish bread” from “Moncher” in Yurakucho

This is their specialty Danish bread. They use a lot of fresh butter and fresh cream, and every step of the process, from preparation to baki...
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