If you want to understand Japanese chocolate, it helps to learn about the various chocolate companies in Japan. Ever since chocolate was introduced to Japan, Japanese companies have created all sorts of unique and tasty forms of chocolate. Some of these varieties have become quite famous internationally. Others are relatively obscure outside of Japan, but … Continue reading 5 Biggest Japanese Chocolate Companies and the History of Chocolate in Japan
The happi coat is probably the most informal and casual traditional Japanese garment you will ever find. It’s best known as a festive, festival outfit. Outside of Japan, it hasn’t gotten as much attention as the kimono or yukata. Internet search engines don’t help matters by misreading the name "happi" as “happy” (which makes it … Continue reading What is a Happi Coat? – An Intro to Japanese Traditional Clothing
If you’re a fan of Japanese culture, you’ve probably heard about sake. Maybe you want to try some for yourself, but you have some questions. What is sake? How strong is it? What is proper sake etiquette? These questions and more will be answered here. Before we begin, keep in mind that sake contains alcohol, … Continue reading What is Sake? – Nectar of the (Japanese) Gods
The kimono is undoubtedly the best-known item of traditional Japanese clothing. But what is a kimono, really? What distinguishes the kimono from other traditional Japanese clothes? Why is the kimono considered Japan’s national outfit? Kimono culture and history For years, the kimono has been an iconic symbol of traditional Japanese culture. Japan even uses it … Continue reading What is a Japanese Kimono?
If you’re looking for a crunchy Japanese snack, you ought to give senbei a try. Senbei is one of Japan’s classic, traditional snack foods; much older than Pocky sticks (by a couple of centuries). But, you may be wondering, what is senbei? What’s in senbei? Is senbei healthy? Read on to find out: Senbei basics … Continue reading What is Japanese Senbei?
What is a jinbei? If you want to learn more about this unique piece of Japanese clothing, you’ve come to the right place. (You won’t find information about Jinbe, the fish-man member of the Straw Hat pirates from One Piece here. Sorry about that.) While kimono, yukata, and happi coats are well-known outside of Japan, … Continue reading What is a Jinbei?
What is a yukata? How does yukata differ from kimono? If you’re a fan of anime or manga, you’ve probably seen characters wearing yukata or kimono. You may have wondered about these unmistakably Japanese clothes. (Traditional Chinese and Korean styles are different from Japanese ones.) For example, many slice-of-life anime series will have an episode … Continue reading What is a Japanese Yukata?
Before I lived in Japan, I had always marveled at the endless amount of video games, anime merch, and other goods that just didn’t make it out of the country. As a longtime gamer and anime fanatic, I couldn’t help but be jealous of all the cool stuff I wasn’t able to get in Canada. … Continue reading ZenPlus Review: The Easiest Way to Buy from Japan
If you're a newcomer to the Crunchyroll anime streaming platform and immediately find that the Crunchyroll app or website isn't working at all, it could be your geolocation that is the issue. In this article, I'll explain how to determine if that is the case and how to get around that issue with a cheap … Continue reading Why is Crunchyroll Not Working? – Probably Your Geolocation
Loot boxes and loot crates have soared in popularity. Be it monthly boxes of video game merch for hardcore gamers, or a monthly care package of treats for your dog, there seems to be a loot box out there for everyone. And for Japanophiles, there are many options as well. From anime merch to gaming … Continue reading TokyoTreat Review – The Taste of Japan Delivered Every Month