Lifestyle blog featuring thoughts, musings and a personal point of view about Japanese style, interiors, culture and travel.
Japan, with its rich cultural tapestry, is known for many things and one of the gems in its cultural crown is the national drink: Sake.
As well as being a relaxing drink with a complex flavour profile, this traditional Japanese rice wine has ceremonial and cultural importance as well as playing a strong role in Japanese cuisine.
Autumn in Japan is a magical time when the summer heat mellows into cooler, crisper days and nature transforms into a vivid display of red, orange and yellow. This season is cherished by both locals and visitors for its breathtaking foliage, cultural festivals and delectable foods.
As we approach autumn and get a feel for the cooler months ahead, one timeless and heart-warming trend is coming to the fore once again: vintage-inspired tableware. This trend, characterized by its homely and cosy look, has become an increasingly popular way to decorate homes and is a style that is often seen in Japanese homeware and tableware.
Making Japanese food at home can seem difficult and a lot of bother, which it is if you want to do it well! Many recipes require a lot of typically Japanese ingredients and sometimes specialist kitchen equipment that are hard to find, especially if you live in a rural area.
Japanese cuisine includes many delicious side dishes, condiments and dips that are served as part of the main meal.
They’re often not easy to find in UK supermarkets, especially if you don’t live in a big city, but some are quite easy to make yourself with just a few ingredients. They really add that extra authenticity to your meal and bring out the delicious umami flavour of your Japanese cooking!
What’s the deal with a suribachi? Isn’t it just the same as a pestle and mortar? Well not quite…
The suribachi is a traditional cooking implement used in Japan. The word literally means ‘grinding bowl’ and it’s similar in function and shape to a pestle and mortar. There are, however, some notable differences and many cooks and chefs prefer the Japanese version.
Colour is important in many aspects of our lives and the colours we surround ourselves with can have an impact on our mood, how we feel and our well being.
Fugu, known as pufferfish or blowfish in English, is the notorious deadly fish eaten in Japan as a specially prepared delicacy.
The takifugu fish itself is quite a cute looking creature with the distinctive round pufferfish shape. But, if you happened to hook one on a fishing trip, I would think twice before sticking it on the grill or slicing it for sashimi!
Furoshiki, traditional Japanese fabric wrapping cloths, have an interesting origin dating back many hundreds of years.
And yet they're still common in Japan today and finding popularity in the West too because of its use as a replacement for single use wrapping paper.
If you have ever eaten cake in Japan you will know how extraordinarily delicious they are, so much so that it’s difficult to describe to someone who hasn’t experienced it!
Japanese kawaii culture is, in most Western people’s minds, reserved for kids and teenage girls. It’s literally the culture of ‘cute’ – anything that is sweet, adorable and charming can be described as ‘kawaii’.
So as a, shall we say, more mature person, how can I get away with a cute look, either for myself or my home?