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culture, food, history, language

The Japanese Tea Ceremony

The Japanese Tea Ceremony is both beautiful and baffling, with every movement loaded with meaning which can be lost on foreign visitors. This guide takes you through the basics of the tea ceremony and where you can...

Japanese Passion Fruit Kit Kat

Japanese KitKats

The Japanese have a much wider range of KitKat flavours than you might be used to. While many of the flavours sound appealing, there are several distinctly Japanese flavours which might be harder to stomach.

Chilled soba noodles with tempura

A Brief Guide to Noodles

Noodles are a staple food in Japan and knowing a little about the different types of noodles will mean you'll always be able to find a tasty, filling and (usually) cheap meal. This guide talks you through the basics.

One of the many courses in an evening meal at a Ryokan

Ryokan Dinners – Kaiseki Ryori

In many ryokans you will be served a style of food known as kaiseki ryori for dinner. This is an extravagant multi-course meal with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients.

A sign with katakana script | © JapanTrip

How to Read Japanese Writing: Katakana

Learning to read Japanese fluently takes years of practice, but this brief guide introduces the katakana writing system. The characters in this system represent different sounds and being able to translate them will...

An onsen

Japanese Onsen Bathing Etiquette

Traditional Japanese bath houses are relaxing and therapeutic, but the rules can be complex. This guide takes you through the basics.

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