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How the Japanese Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to connect with that special someone in your life, but did you know that the 14th of February is celebrated differently in Japan? Discover how Valentine’s Day works in Japanese culture, and learn about White Day, the traditional alternative celebrated a month later. The history of Valentine’s day Valentine’s Day in Japan dates back to the 1950s, and represents the changes that have occurred in Japanes [ + ]

The 12 Most Popular Japanese Celebrations Throughout the Year

When it comes to festivals, the Japanese know how to celebrate. Their traditional ‘matsuri’ may have started hundreds of years ago and they may vary from community to community, but what they all have in common today, is that they’re very exciting, extremely enjoyable and everyone is more than welcome to join in the fun. In fact, it’s said that you’ll always find a festival going on somewhere in Japan. Here are 12 of the most popular ce [ + ]

A Guide to Making Sashimi at Home

Can’t get enough of sashimi, but can’t afford to eat out at restaurants every time you fancy this simply delicious, elegant raw fish dish from Japan? Think that it’s too time consuming or too difficult to make yourself? We’ve put together a quick guide to making sashimi at home, telling you all you need to know in order to prepare this Japanese delicacy, from how to choose your fish to how to serve it beautifully. Follow our instructions [ + ]

How to Have Your Own Japanese Tea Ceremony

We all know food and drink are about more than sustenance. Many aspects of our world’s belief systems can be seen in the way beverages and meals are prepared and consumed by different cultures. It’s easy to see this in the Japanese tea ceremony. This ceremony is known as sado, which translates to ‘the way of the tea’. At a broad scope, Zen buddhism is reflected in the tea preparation. The tea ceremony represents an attempt to connect w [ + ]

How to Eat Like the Japanese

Japanese meals involve finding a balance between flavours and beautiful presentation. There’s a lot to love in traditional Japanese cuisine, including its fresh, light and flavoursome qualities. You should finish a Japanese meal feeling nourished and satisfied, never over-stuffed. Not only is Japanese food a taste sensation, but its health benefits have been lauded the world over. If we were to let traditional Japanese food be our me [ + ]

Japanese Food Bloggers Part 2: 20 More Japanese Food Bloggers to Follow

If you love Japanese food and want to try to prepare some of your favourite Japanese dishes at home or even are just interested in learning more about Japanese dishes and ingredients, we’ve got just the trick for you. Such was the engagement and response with our last blog post on the 20 Japanese Food Bloggers To Follow, that we’ve decided to create a follow up post with a list of another 20 great Japanese food blogs from around the world for [ + ]

The Best Places To Enjoy New Year’s Eve On Sydney Harbour

Darling Harbour, in the heart of Sydney, is one of the best places in the world to celebrate New Year's Eve. From the picturesque harbour itself to the world famous fireworks and the events going on in the city, you’re guaranteed to have a good time and find plenty of things to do through the day and deep into the night. However, many things you might want to do in Darling Harbour on New Year’s Eve need to be booked well in advance because [ + ]

Vegetable Tempura: The Best Produce for the Job

To the untrained eye, tempura is an unrefined platter made by simply throwing a mix of vegetables or seafood together with batter and deep frying it. Anyone without any sort of culinary experience would be able to do this, right? As it turns out, that could not be farther from the truth in the case of a well-prepared plate of tempura. What a good tempura chef accomplishes is a crunchy, savoury flavour and texture through finely battering [ + ]

4 Japanese Chef Documentaries You Have To See

As food lovers, we tend to gravitate towards original flavours, a mixture of spices and culinary influences we might not have considered before. It might be found in a place where historical immigration naturally brings together a melange of flavours with residents bringing together tastes from their homelands, including non-native ingredients. The singularity of Japanese cuisine Still, while unique mixes are certainly going to pave the way for [ + ]

11 Japanese Dishes That Are Surprisingly Edible

From poisonous fish, to horsemeat sashimi, boiled locusts and dancing squids, Japanese food constantly breaks the rules to create playful dishes that not only taste great, but look amazing. Here’s a few new foods to add to your bucket list! Let us know which of these 12 you’ve tried, and what it was like. 1. Fugu Fugu is one of the most infamous Japanese dishes. Made from the pufferfish, this dish can be fatal if you have been [ + ]

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