15 Jun | Eleonora Badellino |No Comments

Umeshu: The Japanese Plum Liqueur

Umeshu is liqueur that derives from the preservation of plums in alcohol (the whole fruit, with their seed still inside) together with sugar. Depending on the alcohol and sugar percentage, you can get different flavors, and preparing it at home is really simple.

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19 Mar | Norma |No Comments

Hanami, the Fleetingness of Beauty in a Year of Crisis

Memories of fleeting beauty and friendship. All the more important to think about wonderful past experiences and look forward to future chances when this difficult time is behind us. MEMORIES: We laughed and shared stories, talking for hours and hours under the soft rain of sakura petals. It was like a scene straight out of a fairy tale, and a smile comes across my face whenever I recall it….

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27 Dec | Nick Colaccino |No Comments

Mochitsuki: The Traditional Art of Making Mochi

While mochi is enjoyed year-round, it is particularly popular during the New Year’s holiday when families come together. This is important, because the traditional method of making mochi takes time and a lot of helping hands…

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17 Dec | Nick Colaccino |No Comments

When I Say “Christmas,” You Say… “Chicken?”

As an English teacher in rural Japan, one of my favorite “culture” lessons was teaching my first-year students the shocking truth about Christmas in my home country: we don’t devour KFC for Christmas dinner. I’ll bet that most of you reading this find it odd that I would have to clarify such a thing. But for more than 3 million families in Japan, Christmas and Kentucky Fried Chicken go together like Coca Cola and Santa.

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12 Mar | Rae DeFrane |No Comments

White Day in Japan – The day the men give back

White Day??? What’s the history of this strange twin to everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday you might ask? In the 1977, the CEO of a small confectionary company in Fukuoka called Ishimura Manseido was reading a magazine in his office for inspiration to revitalize sales…

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