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The sakura have begun to bloom, and there is hardly a more attractive time of year to visit Japan than now. Clouds of pink petals are covering the nation as friends and family gather for a week of hanami, or flower viewing parties. It’s this time of year that sakura flavored goods start filling the shelves. That’s right, Japan’s love for this transient bloom doesn’t just stop at merely gazing at them–...

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After writing about a few regions in Japan and the omiyage they are famous for, people actually got in touch with me asking more about what omiyage are and the etiquette behind them. If you’ve been to Japan, surely you’ve seen them before, tourist shops everywhere filled with enticing boxes of local sweets that are all packaged individually inside a nice, large pre-gift wrapped box. These are omiyage. Even outside Japan, omiyage are...

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In the month leading up to Valentine’s Day, stores beginning put out elaborate displays selling chocolates and other such gifts, much like any other country. However, these displays are all geared towards women looking to buy chocolate. In Japan, women have the social obligation to give every man they know chocolate on this day. The men get to sit back and relax as he’s pampered by all the women in his life. The types of...

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  Arashiyama is a bit of a romantic destination and it’s a great example of picture-perfect, traditional Japan. You’ll often see people dressed in kimono walking through the small alleyways and rickshaws running past carrying customers. While there are a few temples and other points of interest, such as the Bamboo Grove, what I love most about Arashiyama are all of its small shops. The main road is lined with small,...

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Persimmon Season in Japan


Posted By on Oct 30, 2013

Autumn is the season of bright orange, red, and golden hues in everything from foliage to fruit. In Japan, it’s one of the best seasons for wholesome, filing seasonal food and deliciously ripe fruits from apples to figs. The very best autumn has to offer comes in the form of persimmons. When green fades to orange, it’s time. Peel and slice a persimmon or take a bite as is – we won’t tell anyone. Sweet and...

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“Yugao-tei” tea house in the first picture, standing by “Hisago-ike” pond in “Kenroku-en” garden, was built in 1774.  It was originally standing on a small island in the pond, however it is now found near the pond, because a part of the pond was reclaimed together with the small island and the tea house on it. The name of “Yugao-tei” comes from the openwork, whose subject matter is...

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