Yearly Archives: 2014

Legendary Nagano: Folk Tales and Legends from the Roof of Japan

December 24, 2014 by Ray Proper

The Story of Lazy Taro is one of 23 stories in Legendary Nagano: Folk Tales and Legends from the Roof of Japan, a collection translated by Peter Ninnes and Sachiko Miyairi. The book is available in Kindle and paperback from Amazon, and in other e-book formats from Smashwords.com. We have a short interview with Peter, below, followed […]

Hatsuhinode in Nagoya 2015

December 24, 2014 by Ray Proper

Among the many customs associated with “oshogatsu,” or New Years, are a good many firsts; from the first trip to the shrine to the lesser practiced first tea ceremony of the year, New Years in Japan is about moving forward and marking the occasion. A popular first is the practice of “hatsuhinode,” or taking in […]

Nagoya Ramen Festival

December 22, 2014 by Ray Proper

Ramen is classic Japanese food.  If you ask a random person, foreign or Japanese, male or female, what their favorite food is you are highly likely to get “ramen” back as your answer.  Ramen is a noodle soup of wheat noodles served in a meat-based broth.  Standard flavors include: Shio or “salt” Tonkotsu or “pork bone” Shōyu  or “soy sauce” Miso […]

Lost Items in Japan and Shareikin Rewards

December 16, 2014 by First Admin

In Japan there is a very old system of “lost and found”, based on a 1300-year-old system preceding Japan’s urbanization or unification as a nation. Small lost-and-found centers all over Japan have been used for centuries, even to facilitate the return of food and produce to their original owners. In the modern practice, “finders” of […]

Onsen – The How To’s, Do’s and Don’ts

December 12, 2014 by Mark Guthrie

As temperatures around the country plummet, the Japanese winter can seem harsh, particularly if you are not fortunate enough to live in an environment that is equipped with central heating. However, as unlikely as it seems, there is some cause for celebration, as the winter is the perfect time to indulge in the Japanese pastime […]

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