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The History of Onigiri for Delicious Japanese Cuisine Onigiris are traditional Japanese fast food that's made of rice. The onigiri is then wrapped in seaweed and often filled with fish, meat, vegetables or anything else you might think of. Traditionally, the onigiri was carried by travelers as food that could be quickly eaten on the go. In an 11th-century diary written by Murasaki Shikibu Nikki, there is mention of people eating rice balls. At that time, onigiri were not called onigiri, but tonjiki instead, and often eaten during outdoor picnic lunches. Most people attribute the origins of onigiri to the...

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Japan is a beautiful country with rich culture. One of the best ways to experience the country is to take the time to visit and learn about Japan's history and customs. The adventure doesn’t need to end after your vacation is done. The best way to continue to enjoy Japan is by bringing home souvenirs as your own little piece of Japan for your family, your friends, and of course yourself! 1. Japanese Clothing Clothing is a popular souvenir because Kyoto is well known for its textiles. Kimonos, yukatas, and kimonos are all colorful and elegant. They make for a...

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What is a Daruma Doll? Have you ever heard about the traditional Daruma doll from Japan? This adorable-looking figure has a deeper meaning, in that it aspires for perseverance and grants good fortune. Most foreigners are not even aware of its origins or what hides under its wacky appearance. A Daruma doll is a traditional Japanese good luck charm that is used to help stay motivated on a goal. A Japanese legend states that the doll will lose its powers of good luck if it is not given a name. In order to start the ritual, first make a wish...

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When is the Best Time to Visit Japan? Japan is amazingly popular throughout the year, but for different reasons. Spring and early summer are some of the busiest travel months because it is such a beautiful time to spend watching the cherry blossoms bloom all around the country and enjoy the long sunny days. But Fall is a great time to visit because of the changing leaves that are typically on display during this season. The colors that change during this time of the year add life to nature's scenery & it's a great time for capturing photos in them....

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1. The History of Japanese Pajamas The history of Japanese pajamas is a story that is as complex and nuanced as the culture that created it. The garment was originally worn by noblemen for their lounging and sleeping needs, but over the centuries, pajamas have evolved in design and purpose. Today, people wear them to sleep, lounge around, or attend to their children’s bedtime rituals. In Japan, pajamas are called yukata or jinbei. Yukaya are always one-piece garments with wide sleeves and are traditionally made from cotton or silk fabrics in bright colors. Yukata are popular for both formal wear...

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