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Making Tea with Children Helps Teach Values

Making Tea with Children Helps Teach Values

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 14th May 2019

In Japan, the tea ceremony is more than an artistic pastime for preparation and presentation of matcha. The ideals which it represents serve as tools for teaching children personal and social values … read more
Dawn of the Era of Beautiful Harmony

Dawn of the Era of Beautiful Harmony

Posted by Momoko Kagamizu on 26th Apr 2019

May 1 in Japan is the dawn of the new era of Reiwa (令和, Beautiful Harmony). The entire country is abuzz with excitement, hope, and anticipation. Empress Masako will accompany Emperor Naruhito, alon … read more
Japanese Festival of Dolls (Hina-Matsuri)

Japanese Festival of Dolls (Hina-Matsuri)

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 1st Mar 2019

In Japan, one of the sure signs of the arrival of spring is Hina-Matsuri, the Festival of Dolls.Japanese have celebrated Hina-Matsuri since at least the 8th-century Heian period. During this time Japa … read more
Japanese Table Manner Tips and Useful Phrases

Japanese Table Manner Tips and Useful Phrases

Posted by Yukiko Kisaki on 10th Nov 2018

  Japanese is a culture of etiquette, with elaborate rules for table manners.The following is a brief tutorial on Japanese table manners and polite phrases, which you can practice … read more
What is the best season to visit Japan?

What is the best season to visit Japan?

Posted by Yuri Nonaka on 24th Aug 2018

I often get asked about the best season to visit Japan. Such a seemingly simple question. However, there are more choices and more “seasons” than most people realize. Japan is a land of … read more