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By Kate Cohen | Japan. Travel, Culture, History, Food.

You too can cook washoku / Futomaki can be filled with anything

In the United States, “sushi burrito” shops are often seen at food courts. They sell a kind of evolved version of futomaki thick sushi rolls.<p>You can …

82-year-old DJ puts unique spin on Tokyo's club scene

Sumiko Iwamuro knows a thing or two about juggling work.<p>She spends her days behind the counter at a family-run specialty <i>gyoza</i> restaurant and one or …

Tokyo Cheapo

Cheapo Weekend: Golden Week Edition Part 1<p>Lots of fun and free events on for the Golden Week holiday!<p>Get The Free Tokyo Cheapo eBook Guide and Cheapo …

Tonkotsu ramen’s international popularity inspires innovations

FUKUOKA — If you want to talk about Fukuoka Prefecture’s specialty dish, it has to be tonkotsu ramen. It is believed the ramen originated in a stall …

Early summer toast

Geiko and maiko entertain customers on a terrace that opened Monday beside the Kamogawa river in Kyoto. Diners can enjoy a cool evening breeze while …

Japan's traditional blues for bright and cheery kids

‘It’s stinky!” shouts my 4-year-old daughter, jumping up and down with an expression of pure glee on her face. The object of her fascination is a …

Folk toys to bring good luck: Traditional hariko technique creates distinctive, tasteful charms

Traditional hand-crafted hariko dolls are made by pasting pieces of paper in layers to make shapes. With their rounded forms, warm tactility and …

I'll miss the Tokyo subway how to be polite signs https://t.co/PkEuIiRsji

At 104, Toko Shinoda talks about a life in art

The only living Japanese on a postage stamp, 104-year-old Toko Shinoda reflects on a lifetime devoted to art.The post At 104, Toko Shinoda talks …

Short, sweet and to the point: the one-line retort

"Kankei nai" is the ultimate brush-off, meaning "Nothing to do with me."The post Short, sweet and to the point: the one-line retort appeared first on …

The Androgynous 'Third Gender' Of 17th-Century Japan

From the 17th to 19th centuries, gender could be neither binary nor biological.<p>Generation Z refers to individuals born during the mid-1990s and early ‘00s often billed as the generation most likely to fully embrace gender fluidity. According to one report, around 56 percent of teens ages 13 to 20 …

Gender

Farm Stay In Shizuoka - Enjoy Local Hospitality And Beautiful Sights

Less than an hour from Tokyo, <b>Shizuoka Prefecture</b> has always been a popular tourist retreat with its emerald green tea fields, the iconic Mount Fuji …

Japan

Japan Eats | Episode 80: My Career in Sake

Ok, yeah, it was worth braving the hordes of humanity. #夜桜 #花見 #sakura #hanami #nakameguro

Crazy-Gorgeous Things to See in Japan That Aren't Cherry Blossoms

Japan is a bit of a conundrum. It's old, dating back thousands of years with a history and culture steeped in intricate tradition. And yet it's also …

Yozakura @ Inogashira Park https://t.co/jlNiTObCQs

Japan Has Got To Be The Most Beautiful Place On Earth Right Now

April showers bring tunnels of flowers. 😍<p>If you didn’t catch any cherry blossoms this year, never fear: Japan’s wisteria season is nearly here, and there’s still enough time to plan a trip before the big bloom.<p>Japanese wisteria is a flowering plant with cascading blossoms that can grow up to three …

Japan

Gorgeous Japanese performance art combines dance and high-speed face mapping

Vimeo recently highlighted this stunning minute-long art collaboration called “INORI (prayer).” It comes from creative and technical director …

KUNIYOSHI「歌川国芳」 (c.1797-1861) https://t.co/ECqhE75CAC

BOUND TO PLEASE / Smiles at sumo stable glimpsed through cats’ eyes

Moru and Mugi, the Sumo Stable Cats (Arashiobeya no Moru to Mugi)<p>By Yukai<p>Little More, pp72<p>With the cat cafe fad spreading overseas, some might say …

Ukiyo-e Inspired Manner Posters for Seibu Railway

Last year Seibu Railways launched a new poster campaign to educate their straphangers on proper train etiquette and manners. Given the surge in …

Japanese Culture

Be a nun for a day at a Kyoto temple

KYOTO — On a hill overlooking Yamashina Ward, Kyoto, there is a temple that has long come to the aid of weary women. I visited in the middle of …

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