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Inari sushi is prepared differently in the Kanto area (Tokyo), Kansai area (Osaka) and Tohoku area (Sendai). Be creative and enjoy different flavors of your choice. In this articleI will share the most basic Kanto-style inari sushi recipe.
Atsukan (hot sake) warms your body and is one of the wintertime pleasures of the Japanese style. The "Chirori" is a traditional sake server that brings out the flavor of sake and is perfect for enjoying Atsukan.
In Japan, there is a custom of eating Eho-maki (uncut sushi rolls for good luck) on Setsubun (the last day of winter). Setsubun, a uniquely Japanese annual event, is a big event for children to look forward to. In this article, we will introduce how to make and eat Eho-maki, a classic Setsubun dish!

If you have ever visited shops in the countryside in Japan, you have probably seen a beckoning cat at least once. It is a symbol of a thriving business, called "Maneki-neko". This adorable cat holding a gold oval coin in one hand and raising one hand is not just a decoration, it actually has special meanings. Would you like to bring good luck to your home or shop with the traditional Japanese lucky charm "Maneki-neko"?

On New Year's Day, the most special of the year's festivities in Japan, people celebrate the New Year with their families or close friends by preparing Osechi-ryori as a special event meal. Osechi-ryori is a food culture that has many different types and contents that vary from region to region. Even if it is not Japanese cuisine, it will look more authentic in a lacquered Jubako box. Why don't you spend the upcoming New Year's holiday enjoying traditional Japanese culture?
There is a custom of decorating Kagami-mochi (the rice cakes) to offer to Shinto and Buddhism during the New Year in Japan. Many households display them to celebrate the New Year. So, let's decorate "Kagami-mochi" and enjoy a Japanese-style New Year.
In Japan, "Jugoya" has been held nationwide since ancient times as a custom to love the moon. In ancient times, it was the aristocrats' pleasure to admire the moon reflected on the surface of the water or in a sake cup, but this custom eventually became popular among the general public and continues to this day.
In Japan, we have Obon Buddhist annual event to welcome our ancestors’ spirits. Commonly, companies or shops are closed during the Obon period same as Easter. Let’s focus on Obon in detail!
In Japan, people celebrate Tanabata on July 7 every year. Tanabata is one of the seasonal events and is sometimes called as “Shichiseki” (Seventh Night) or “Hoshimatsuri” (Star Festival). Today we introduce Tanabata, which is a traditional Japanese culture and its history and how to spend on that day.
“Children's Day" is celebrated all over the world and, in Japan, May 5 is the Children's Day, which is also called “Tango-no Sekku”. We will explain a habit called “Tango-no Sekku”, which is one of the traditional events in Japan.
In Japan, there is a long series of holidays including national holidays from the end of April to the beginning of May every year. It is called “Golden Week” as a popular nickname in Japan, as it is a long series of holidays of more than a week.
Saitama Prefecture is one of the most famous tea growing areas in the Kanto region. The picking of new tea leaves begins in late April, and the famous product "SayamaTea" begins to be distributed in May. Here, we will introduce Sayama Tea, one of the three major teas representing Japan.
There is a traditional culture called “Hanami” in Japan. When cherry blossoms start blooming every spring, people are delighted with the arrival of spring, and at large parks and special venues for cherry blossom viewing, they enjoy eating delicious lunch boxes and drinking alcohol while watching the cherry blossoms.
There is a custom in Japan to eat “Ohagi” on the equinoctial week in spring. “Ohagi” is made by wrapping cooked glutinous rice with red bean paste. We are explaining to you how to make red bean paste and “Ohagi” step by step.
There is a special event called “White Day” on every March 14 in Japan. I introduce “White Day”, which is an event they give back the gifts to those who gave you gifts on “Valentine’s Day”.
In Japan, each season is associated with seasonal events, goods, etc., which you can find in daily life. In particular, “spring” has a positive meaning such as “new encounters or starts”, “hopes” and “expectations”. Today we are going to introduce ADERIA Sakura Tableware, which makes you feel the arrival of spring.
Mirror finishing of knives have various advantages such as increased sharpness and resistance to corrosion. Today we are going to tell you how to perform mirror finishing on knives. Today we are going to show you how to perform mirror finishing of knives.
For knives, mirror finishing not only can enhance appearance but also can increase sharpness and durability. Mirror finishing is to polish the surface until it shines and gets reflection like a mirror. Such maintenance of knives is the base of Japanese cuisine. Today we are going to tell you about the advantages of mirror finishing and the features of mirror-finished knives.
Valentine's Day is a day when people send gifts and their gratitude to their beloved ones. This custom originated from the religion of Christianity. However, Japan has its own custom for Valentine's Day. Today we are going to tell you about “Japanese style Valentine's Day”.
Japan has a custom of bean throwing on Setsubun Day (the day before the calendrical beginning of spring) to drive out evil spirits. Today we are going to tell you about Setsubun in Japan. This traditional Japanese event is very exciting and fun. Let’s give it a try to experience a Japanese culture.
In Japan, sea breams are associated with good luck and often used for special meals on celebrations for some phonetic reason. In particular, salt-crusted sea bream looks gorgeous and tastes delicious. Today we are going to tell you about its history and recipe. Let’s try cooking the special dish for the New Year!
In Japan, people eat various kinds of traditional New Year-related cuisine including Osechi and sea bream dishes, etc.Ozoni is one of Japanese traditional dishes for New Year’s. Today we are going to tell you about history of Ozoni and how to cook it. There are different styles depending on locales. Let’s experience Japanese culture for the start of New Year 2022!
Japan has a custom of eating Toshikoshi Soba (year-crossing noodles) on New Year’s Eve (“Omisoka” in Japanese). Today we are going to tell you about the reason and origin why we eat Soba at a crossover of years as well as how to make Toshikoshi Soba. Soba has unique flavor, and it is an essential food for Japanese people. Would you like to eat Toshikoshi Soba and enjoy the Japanese tradition to have a great New Year start?
In Japan, where we have 4 seasons, people tend to value the custom to use seasonal ingredients or add some seasonal taste to their cooking. Today we focus on the sense of “smell”, featuring especially “sesame”, whose season is September to October, and tell you how to grind sesame and extract its rich smell.
Candied sweet potatoes (called “Daigaku Imo”) are popular food in Japan. “Daigaku” means University and its name originated from the fact that it was popularly eaten among university students in late 1800s to early 1900s. Today we are gong to tell you a recipe of Daigaku Imo.
Rich aroma of fresh coffee fascinates people worldwide. The world of coffee is profound once you are particular about how to brew it. Today we are going to introduce a simple way to brew authentic coffee. Would you like to have a wonderful morning with hand-dripped coffee?
Today we are going to tell you how to make overnight dried fish, which has been familiar to Japanese people. Making of dried fish is more profound than expected as we need to take account into kinds of fish, concentration of salt, time for drying, etc. Let’s find your own recipe!
Tempura is a representative Japanese food. It is as renowned worldwide as other Japanese foods. However, cooking Tempura is difficult, requiring high skills. Today we are going to tell you the basics and tips for how to cook delicious Tempura. It would be wonderful if you can eat Tempura at home anytime in your life!
For Japanese people, delicious rice is a minimum requirement for satisfactory meals. However, cooking delicious rice is not that simple. Today we are going to introduce “Hario Induction Rice Cooker Casserol”, with which everyone can cook delicious rice. Would you like to enjoy fluffy and freshly cooked rice?
In Japan, bamboo serving plates (“Bonzaru” in Japanese) have been used since ancient times for draining or drying food materials, serving food, etc. They are a very convenient tool that can be used for multiple purposes. Today we are going to show you how to select and use Bonzaru. Would you like to get a natural bamboo Bonzaru made in Sado as your new cooking partner?
“Ammitsu”, is one of representative Japanese confections and mostly served at shops. Ammitsu is actually easy to make at home. Today we are going to show you how to make Shiratama Ammitsu (Ammitsu with rice flour dumplings). Let's enjoy this summer with homemade Ammitsu!
Do you like Soba noodles? Soba is one of the most popular Japanese food and getting even more and more popularity abroad in recent years.  Today we are going to introduce how to have “Sobayu”,  the hot water in which Soba noodles have been boiled and which contains lots of nutrition. Let’s fully enjoy the attraction of Soba by having Sobayu!
There are various kinds of liquor including brewed liquor, distilled liquor and mixed liquor. Liquor is an important culture reflecting local customs and history. Today we are going to introduce Nihonshu, a traditional Japanese liquor and show its profound world. Why don’t you step in there to experience authentic Nihonshu firsthand and trace the history and tradition of Nihonshu?
In Japan, there is a custom of eating eels on a day of the ox (called “Ushinohi”). This custom dates back to the Edo Period and it is actually effective to prevent summer heat. Let’s spend the midsummer day of ox with authentic Japanese style!
TSUKI and YUKI are tableware originated from Japanese traditional culture and made of roof tiles (Kawara in Japanese).  They feature unique color, stylish design and even good functionality. They have earned high reputation worldwide and received various awards. Would you like to get the sophisticated tableware originated from Japanese traditional culture and techniques?
Sushi is an art of food created by skilled professionals. It is believed it takes so many years to learn how to make sushi .  However, it doesn’t mean only professionals can make sushi. As the recipe is actually simple, you can enjoy it in your own way. Today we are going to introduce basics of making sushi.
Japanese tea is now popular all over the world.  There are various types of Japanese tea. “Sayama Tea” is one of top 3 Japanese tea. Today we would like to introduce Sayama Tea from Saitama Prefecture and demonstrate how to brew tasty tea.
Japan has had its own tea culture since ancient times and even now a lot of people love drinking tea. Today we would like to introduce two differentiated teaware, Tetsukyusu (iron teapot) and Tetsubin (iron kettle) and explain their features and tips for use.
In Japan, there is a unique charcoal grill called “Shichirin”. It has been used at home or restaurants since before. Shichirin can even optimize flavors of the ingredients and make them more delicious. Would you like to experience authentic BBQ with a wonderful Japanese cooking tool?
Today we would like to introduce “Shokado Bento Box”, a little gorgeous, Japanese traditional bento lunch box. Shokado Bento Box is a Japanese traditional bento style and it is sort of a reproduced version of Japanese Kaiseki Cuisine. Would you like to have one for special occasions?
What we introduce today is “HAREKUTANI”, a modern Kutani ware designed by combining traditional Kutani ware and modern lifestyle. The design is not only cute but also a good match with various kinds of dishes. They will add some playfulness to your table. Let’s brighten your table with modern unique Kutani ware!
There are lots of food that represent Japan, but in fact Onigiri is the most common food in Japanese people’s life. Today we would like to introduce how to make Onigiri using Onigiri molds. If you just have a Onigiri mold, you can enjoy various tastes of Onigiri by adding your touch. Let's give it a try!
In Japan, where there are clearly four seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter, you can see seasonal flowers throughout the year. Today we would like to show you flower languages of seasonal flowers. Each flower has different meanings or concepts. Let’s send your messages or feelings with appropriate flower motifs!
Sharpening knives is important not only for stress-free, pleasant and delicious cooking but also for safety. Today we are going to introduce an amazing sharpener that can easily sharpen knives without particular skills. Why don’t you get this amazing sharpener to no longer get bothered with dull knives!
Sakura is a national flower in Japan, representing the sign of spring, start of life, dawn, or hopes. Today we will introduce tableware with Sakura motifs. The crossover of the Japanese symbolic flower, Sakura and Japanese traditional craftwork, Kutani Ware represents the Japanese crafting souls. Let’s check them out!
Speaking of Easter, rabbits symbolize prolificacy and eggs symbolize the origin of life, and both are believed to represent fertility. Today we are going to introduce how Japanese people believe rabbits bring good luck and use rabbit motifs as lucky charm. Let’s get rabbit teaware and celebrate  Easter in Japanese style!
Despite being originated from China, Ramen has been developed independently from the original style in Japan. Now it has taken a firm hold in Japan as a new food culture, which is more and more spreading to the world. Today we will show you the whole process to cook “Spicy Miso Ramen".
Hina-matsuri is a festival celebrating girls and wishing them good health. It is a historic and traditional event where people display dolls called “Hina-Ningyo” for protection from misfortunes and eat specific dishes. Today we are going to introduce how to cook Chirashi-zushi and Osuimono!

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