Kids Program

Only $49.99 for two 1-hour classes!!!  We have kids classes (age 9-15) at the SCETA Japan Center on Sundays, 2-3pm.  Currently we …

カッパ – Kappa

A kappa is a yōkai in Japanese folklore.  The oldest writing about Kappa appears in a dictionary that was first made in …

京都の川床 – Kyoto Riverbed

Kyoto is well-known for its riverbed restaurants.  These are restaurants that build zashiki or a tatami-covered platforms on the river and serve …

御朱印 – Goshuin

About 500 years ago, Goshuin already existed.  It is believed that back then a Goshuin was an official stamp that was used …

梅雨 – Rainy Season

Last year the rainy season ended at the end of June in Tokyo.  That was the earliest ever according to the Japan …

Andes Melon

The Andes Melon (アンデスメロン) was developed by a Japanese nursery company in 1977.  This is short for “Anshin-des Melon”. Anshin-des Melon literary …

八村塁 – Rui Hachimura

Hachimura was the first Japanese player drafted in the NBA.  His father is Beninese, but he was born in Japan and grew …

Happy Father’s Day

Father’s Day was started in the U.S., but in Japan we celebrate it as well on the same day (please click here …