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Welcome to the Chagenkyo Matsuri: Wazuka’s Teatopia Festival

What is Chagenkyo? Celebrating the long history of tea cultivation in Kyoto, the Chagenkyo Matsuri is a festival that has taken place annually for over 30 years. Located in the town of Wazuka, visitors can enjoy great tea and cultural education in a scenic location.Wazuka was one...

10 Must-Do Activities in Osaka

When in Osaka, be sure not to skip over these activities. Experience every side of the metropolitan city. Abe no Harukas [caption id="attachment_28681" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Abe no Harukas is the tallest building in Japan.photo credit: http://gathery.recruit-lifestyle.co.jp/[/caption] The tallest building in Japan, visiting the top of the Abe no Harukas...

Tea Rooms to Visit in Kyoto

When visiting Kyoto, your tea options may seem limitless. Finding your perfect place to sip away the afternoon take some trial and error. Before you go, consider our short list of remarkable tea spots around the city. Tea Room Ceremony Juan Located within walking distance of the...

Murakami

5 Places from Murakami’s Japan

Haruki Murakami Murakami became a literary legend with his 1987 novel Norwegian Wood. Since then, he has stolen the hearts of readers with his quirky, slightly fantastic, yet somehow realistic worlds. His main characters are accessible yet not quite typical. Shibuya, Tokyo 【After Dark】 While the precise location...

Kakishibu: Natural Color for a Natural Life

[caption id="attachment_28527" align="alignright" width="200"] Kakeshibu Handbag, by Kyoto-based dye works company Maeda Senko[/caption] What is Kakishibu? Kakishibu is a natural dye derived from juicing unripe persimmons. The juice is then fermented to create the final product, a tannin which can be used in many domestic situations. This...

Kimono

Kimono and Yukata Rental Shops in Kyoto

What’s the difference between Yukawa and Kimono? [caption id="attachment_28495" align="alignnone" width="860"] Formal Japanese KimonoPhoto credit: http://art-educ4kids.weebly.com/[/caption] The primary difference between yukata and kimono are the fabrics used to make the garments. Yukata are typically made from a light cotton material as they are worn throughout the summer...

Wazuka

A Home for Art on a Hill in Wazuka

What is Wazuka? Wazuka is a town in Kyoto Prefecture famous for its high quality tea. The farming families in Wazuka have been producing Ujicha for over 800 years. Today around 300 farming families still live in Wazuka. [caption id="attachment_28466" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] A tea processing factory sits...

tsukimi

Tsukimi: Japanese Harvest Moon Festival

Tsukimi Did you celebrate the harvest moon this week? Here in Osaka, it was too cloudy to fully appreciate the full moon. However, tsukimi (moon viewing) is a holiday and, despite the cloudy weather, many people around Japan, and throughout Asia, celebrated. https://www.instagram.com/p/BKXlyi7AIoN/?tagged=tsukimi&hl=en What is Tsukimi? Tsukimi literally means...

Bamboo Lanterns Light Up Kyushu

Experience Kyushuu's Bamboo Lantern Festivals Throughout Oita Prefecture, there are various bamboo lantern festivals. These festivals were started, in part, to help maintain the surrounding bamboo forests. Today Oita Prefecture is the largest producer of madake bamboo in Japan! All of the bamboo lanterns are handmade and...

Wagashi: Traditional Japanese Sweets

Wagashi and Tea Wagashi (和菓子) are beautifully decorated, traditional Japanese sweets. Rice cakes (mochi), red bean sweets (anko bean paste), and some fruits are all common types of wagashi. https://www.instagram.com/p/BKQXFh0j3eJ/?tagged=wagashi&hl=en A Short History of Wagashi The word "wa-gashi" is literally means "Japanese snacks." The first character "和" read "wa"...

Roasted Barley tea – Mugicha

Roasted Barley Tea – A Japanese Summertime Favorite

What is Roasted Barley Tea? Roasted barley tea, also commonly referred to as “mugicha,” is a popular beverage in Japan. Even though it is referred to as tea, it does not actually contain any tea leaves. Rather, it is an infusion of unhulled barley grains and...