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Saya Sheath with Genuine 24K Japanese Gold Leaf for Kitchen Knives

You know, Kinkakuji temple in Kyoto is completely covered in Gold Leaf which has been a traditional craft product of Japan for more than 400 years. This time we’re pleased to introduce the Beautiful Saya Sheath (or knife cover) with Genuine 24K Gold Leaf and Gold Stream that are specially custom-made by the skills of …

Gion Matsuri Festival in KYOTO

The most popular festival in Japan, “Gion Matsuri”, has started today. It is scheduled to take place over the entire month of July. The Gion Matsuri is not only the most famous but also one of the oldest & greatest in Japan. The origin is said a Goryoue or Mitamamatsuri (a religious service for the spirit of the dead) …

What’s the difference between “Omotenashi” and “Service”?

Do you think it’s true that the Japanese have a heart of “omotenashi”? Today, we’d like to introduce three Omotenashi spirits that Japanese ladies and gentlemen need to remember. What “Omotenashi” is all about?  It’s one of the bad things about the Japanese to be willing to use a certain word without deeply thinking its …

Heavy snow across Japan this week

A blizzard is about to sweep along the Sea of Japan coast from Hokkaido, Sankin to Kyushu around January 25, because a large low-pressure system is expected to stay over Northern Japan until the beginning of February. Kyoto, the Japanese ancient capital has already been covered with white color. The “Kinkaku-ji” temple looked more beautiful …

Kimono as the Japanese culture

Kunio Yanagida (1875~1962), known as the father of Japanese native folkloristics, or minzokugaku, analyzed the Japanese culture focusing on a cyclical rhythm comprised of two different types of events: “hare” and “ke”. Events of “hare” includes “shogatsu” (new year holidays), “obon” (a unique vacation season in summer to welcome spirits of their ancestors) and any …

The meaning of “wabi” and “sabi”

There must be a lot of people conjuring up the words “wabi” and “sabi”, hearing of the spirit of tea ceremony, but how many of them can give an explanation on exactly what these two words “wabi” and “sabi” mean? Here are the excerpts from an interview with Mr. Soushin Kimura, author of the book, …

What is “UMAMI” in Japan ?

We have been seeing the word “umami” these days. The word is spelled as it is “U M A M I” in foreign countries and has become global common language. Since Umami was born in Japan, the Japanese appears to be more sensitive to umami. One company had conducted a survey to see to what …

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