菱餅 – Hishi Mochi

For hina-matsuri we display beautiful dolls and offer food and drink.  Normally the drink is shirozake or Japanese white wine, and the …

Practice Session

Beginners welcome!!!  $10 for the first timer, $5 for the current students, $15 for others.  We practice speaking Japanese phrases.  Contact me …

美人姫 – Bijin-Hime

Bijin-hime is the name of a special strawberry that is produced by a farm in Gifu, Japan.  Bijin-hime literally means “beautiful princess”. …

いちごころ – Ichigokoro

A farm in Yamaguchi, Japan has been producing and selling heart-shaped strawberries named Ichigokoro since 2016.  They can produce only up to …

節分 – Setsubun

Setsubun literally means “dividing season” and it is the day before a new season starts based on the traditional East Asian lunisolar …

2018 Anime Top 5

Here is the list of top 5 anime for 2018 according to the Japanese fan website www.anikore.jp.   1) A Place Further than …

絵馬 – Ema

An ema is a wooden plate on which to write a wish or a prayer.  We offer money at a Shinto shrine …

明けましておめでとう

If you look up how to say “happy new year” in Japanese on Google, you will find “あけまして おめでとうございます”, and probably because …

正月飾り – Shōgatsu Kazari

Did you put up Shōgatsu kazari?  Are you ready for the New Year? Shōgatsu kazari is the generic term of all types of Japanese …

Christmas Bocchi

I mentioned in my Christmas post that most people in Japan celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve.  We often hold a party with …