FAST AND SERIOUS – All about Japanese Cards

Card games have always fascinated young and old alike and nothing like an ol’ game of Bridge or Bluff to spice things up. Like popular card games across the world, Japanese traditional card games have for centuries delighted players, boggled lookers-on and exhilarated winners. Here we take a look at some of the famous card…

KIMONO & its Parts

The ubiquitous KIMONO is the very symbol of Traditional Japan and defines its rich cultural essence and aesthetic sense. Although we refer to it as “KIMONO”, do you know that there are various components that go together to make up its intriguing appeal? Here is my brief intro to the parts of a kimono, from my…

NIHON RYOURI – A Taste of Japan

The Land of the Rising Sun, Japan, is known world-wide for its exceptional cuisine. Being an island nation, most of Japan’s main foods include varieties of Fish (sakana). Sashimi, which means sliced food, is prepared using any kind of meat but generally, fish and other sea-foods are eaten in this form. The tradition of eating…

TANABATA – WHEN WISHES COME TRUE

Sasa no ha sara sara Nokiba ni yureru Ohoshisama kira kira Kingin sunago Bamboo leaves are rustling, Swaying at the eaves; The stars are twinkling, Like gold and silver sand.   Ah! One can almost picture the night sky with the wind softly brushing against bamboo plants. Sung in a melodious tune, Tanabata-sama, for that’s…

SUMO – Of Sizes and Strength

When it comes to Japanese sport, the most iconic picture that comes to mind is that of two huge men facing each other, wearing nothing but a loin cloth, gearing up for a battle of the titans (quite literally!). Sumo, as a sport and as a tradition, has evolved immensely to become the National Sport…

ORIGAMI

What is Origami? Origami is the Japanese word for paper folding. ORI means to fold and KAMI means paper. Together, they form the word, “origami.” It is an art form that has been handed down from parent to child through many generations. Origami involves the creation of paper forms usually entirely by folding. Animals, birds,…