The Emperor of Japan has changed [Heisei to Reiwa]- Change of Era

2019 is a special year in Japan.  The name of the Japanese Era, “Gengou”, will c

Challenge the Market – Coffee and Japan 2

The Japanese learned to love the bitter hot drink imported by pioneers from Euro


Coffee was first introduced to Japan in the 17th Century, through the restricted

Story of Moss – From Green Valley to Terrarium

Bonsai has been a favourite hobby for many in Japan and China.  It’s satisfying

The Universe in a Small Space – Art of Bonsai

The word Bonsai translates as Tray Plant.  It is a popular Japanese art form, of

The Importance of Lunch Time Break – Bento Box

At what time do you start thinking about lunch? At 11:30, or as soon as you walk

Solving Traffic Jam with Nostalgic Scenery – Trams in Japan

Tram lines were considered obstructions to traffic during the time of mass motor

Flying Kite on Special Days

In the Japanese traditional song about New Year’s Day, the first activity mentio

Lucky Bag Full of Happiness for 2019

Happy 2019 to all our readers.  Thank you very much for taking an interest in th

New Words 2018 – How Long Will They Stay NEW?

The New Word of the Year 2018 was announced on 1st December.  The selection was

Social Apartments – SNS in Real Life

“Eating rice out of the same pot” is a Japanese saying to explain camaraderie am

Tori no Ichi – The Bird Market in November

November sees the beginning of the end of the year, Toshi-no-se.  In the Kanto r