One of the well-celebrated annual festivals in Japan, Setsubun or the Bean Throwing Festival marks the beginning of spring. Learn more about the origin, the mamemaki ritual and the delicious foods enjoyed on this day.
What better way to immerse yourself in Japanese culture aside from its tantalizing food? Movies of course. This year we’ve compiled a list of JOC readers’ Japanese movie recommendations that promise some cultural enrichment, fun, laughter, heartfelt tears and more.
Learn about how the Japanese celebrate Toji, the winter solstice, from enjoying yuzu bath, eating kabocha to attending winter solstice festival.
Green tea is the daily elixir of Japanese, enjoyed for its sweet, earthy flavor and innumerable health benefits. Learn more about its history, types, benefits, and how to steep the perfect cup of green tea.
If you enjoy Japanese children stories and folktales, we highly recommended Issun Boshi The One Inch Boy by Icinori, an adaptation of the classic Japanese fairy tale.
Explore the varieties of edible seaweed used in Japanese cooking, the health benefits and how to cook with these sea vegetables.