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Bilingual Magazine Kamihikouki Celebrates Tea Art

Kamihikouki Magazine [caption id="attachment_28781" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Kamihikouki Magazine features TEA in their 7th issue.Photo Credit: Kamihikouki Magazine[/caption] Kamihikouki Magazine is an artist-run magazine based in Osaka, Japan. They welcome submissions in either English or Japanese from writers and artists based anywhere in the world. The magazine aims...

Good morning, Osaka!

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 credit:[/caption] The tallest building in Japan, visiting the top of the Abe no Harukas...

Do you know where to go for tea in Kyoto?

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...

Kakishibu is a traditional Japanese dye created from persimmon juice.

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...


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...


Visit Yakushima the Inspiration for Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke

Check out tea from Yakushima! Visit Yakushima's Ancient Forests Home to ancient trees and moss covered rocks, Yakushima is a lush green forest located off Kyushu island in western Japan. The forest became Japan’s first UNESCO World  heritage site in 1991. However the site is best known...


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. What is Tsukimi? Tsukimi literally means...

Lanterns light up a staircase during the festival.

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...

Traditional Japanese treats include seasonal fruits and nuts.

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. A Short History of Wagashi The word "wa-gashi" is literally means "Japanese snacks." The first character "和" read "wa"...