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江戸切子:Edo-kiriko

The clear colors and delicate patterns of Edo-kiriko cut glass date back to 1834…

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いちご:Strawberry

People of all ages love strawberries for their sweetness as well as their refreshing sour tang…

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初夢:Hatsu-yume (The first dream of the year)

Fortunetelling through dreams has been widely practiced around the world for more than 5,000years…

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鍋:Nabe(Hot Pot Cooking)

Nabe (also known as o-nabe) is one of Japan’s most cherished cooking styles, especially in times of cold weather…

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いい夫婦の日:A Good Couple Day

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Children’s Day—Japan has a number of special observances devoted to the family, and one of them is on November 22nd, “Good Couple Day.”

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紅葉:Kouyou

kouyou

In autumn, one of the most splendid aspects of the Japanese countryside is…

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温泉の入り方:How to Enjoy an Onsen (Hot Spring Bath)

onsen

Many Japanese travelers love to soak in onsen (hot springs)…

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電車の乗り方:The Right Way to Ride a Train

train

The Japanese phrase tsukin jigoku (“commuting hell”) refers to…

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風鈴:Furin (Wind Bell)

furin

The Japanese summer can be humid and oppressive…

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銭湯:Sento (Public bath)

sento

"Sento" is public bath or common bathhouse in Japanese towns and cities…

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ゴールデンウィーク "Golden Week"-An important Japanese holidays season

Golden Week

"Golden Week," which runs from late April through early May…

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桜:Sakura (Cherry Blossom)

Sakura

The Japanese people have cherished sakura cherry blossoms in many ways ever since antiquity….

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ひなまつり Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Doll Festival)

hinamatsuri

In Japan, family members offer wishes for the health and happiness of girls…

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節分:Setsubun (Bean-Tossing Festival)

setsubun

Setsubun bean-tossing festival, or “the parting of the seasons,” is a festival traditionally held on February 3rd to signify the passing of winter and the coming of spring...

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成人式:Seijin-shiki (Coming-of-Age Ceremony)

Seijin-shiki

Seijin-no Hi, (Coming-of-Age Day) is a national holiday in Japan observed on the second Monday of January…

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忘年会:Bonen-kai (Year-end party)

Bonen-kai

At the end of each year, numerous Japanese adults hold parties known as bonen-kai

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七五三:Shichigosan ("Seven-Five-Three")

Shichigosan

Festival for children of three, five, and seven years of age

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スポーツの秋:Fall, a season for sports

Fall, a season for sports

Fall is a time of year that is especially treasured in Japan…

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箸:Chopsticks

Chopsticks

Finely crafted chopsticks - an elegant touch to round out a flawless Japanese meal

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酒:Japanese Sake

Sake

Sake is an alcoholic beverage that is filtered “Moromi” liquid, made from fermented rice, “Koji” and water through a filtering machine.

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七夕:Tanabata (Star Festival)

Tanabata (Star Festival)

Tanabata is the traditional Japanese Star Festival in summer, held on July 7th.

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梅雨:Tsuyu (Rainy season)

Tsuyu (Rainy season)

Japan's tsuyu, or rainy season, generally lasts from early June through the middle of July.

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山菜:Sansai (Mountain Vegetables)

Sansai(Mountain Vegetables)

Sansai ("mountain vegetables") are edible plants that grow naturally in the fields and on the mountains.

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ゆるキャラ:Yuru-chara (literally, "humorous mascot character")

Yuru-chara (literally, "humorous mascot character")

The term yuru-chara refers to mascots, created mainly by municipal governments, to promote their localities, local tourism, and products.

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電化製品:The Allure of Large Electronics Stores

The Allure  of Large Electronics Stores

Mass electronics retailers offer a great variety of items at affordable prices, with examples including refrigerators, rice cookers, washing machines,

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和食:Washoku (Japanese cuisine)

Washoku(Japanese cuisine)

The word washoku generally refers to traditional Japanese food. In 2013, "Washoku, traditional dietary cultures of the Japanese"

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