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Monthly Archives: March 2016

31Thu 2016

The “Flip” Side of Sakura

Actually, “Sakura“, cherry tree blossom, is not the main culprit, contrary to one may think. Cedar trees (“sugi”) are, as are cypresses (“hinoki”).
As beautiful as Spring season is in Japan (and by now, we assume you have heard of Sakura and

22Tue 2016

About Japan, Nobel Prizes and Yamatodamashii

Japanese GDP is the third in the world and its advanced technologies are worldly known. Yet the number of Japanese Novel Prize winners is only 24.
That’s seventh in the world – though it is top for Asian countries. As far as natural sciences are

16Wed 2016

The Sense of Hygiene in Japan

Yesterday we were discussing making sushis and thus grasping the rice … That triggered a question about hygiene.
So today we’ll discuss the sense of hygiene in Japan, which is important in this society. Learn more about the famous Japanese cleanliness

15Tue 2016

About Hayazushi and Narezushi

While everyone knows about sushi, most foreign people may not know that there are various kinds of Sushi in Japan. To simplify, kinds of Sushi can be divided into two types: “早鮨” (“Hayazushi“) and “なれ鮨” (“Narezushi“).
“Haya” means “quick”, “Nare” means “become”. The difference between these