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Introduction to Japanese Knife Sharpening Stones Sharpening stones are one of those tools that are essential for keeping your knives in tip-top shape. I've been using stones for years now, and I've learned a lot about the different types and how to use them effectively. In my experience, Japanese stones are some of the best on the market. They come in a variety of types, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. From natural stones to water stones, there's a sharpening stone out there for everyone. One of my favorite things about using a sharpening stone is that it's a...


Bonsai, Guide, Traditional -

Bonsai tree care is the art of cultivating small trees in containers to maintain their size and shape. It has been an integral part of Japanese culture for centuries and requires skill, patience, and knowledge to achieve the desired aesthetic beauty of the tree. The techniques used for bonsai tree care vary depending on the type of tree and its age, but there are several basic steps that should be followed for all trees. Placement: Choosing the Right Location for Your Bonsai Tree One of the most important aspects of bonsai tree care is finding the right place for the...


Culture, Guide, Lifestyle, Traditional -

Geishas are a traditional part of Japanese culture and have a long and interesting history. The first geishas appeared in the 13th century and were originally men known as taikomochi. These men were entertainers who performed a variety of roles, including telling stories, cracking jokes, and providing music and dance. By the 16th century, geishas had evolved into more of a storytelling and humorous role, and by the 17th century, women began joining the ranks of geishas as well. By the 1750s, women geishas outnumbered the men. Geishas were originally assistants to oirans, which were high-class courtesans who lived in...


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As a self-proclaimed sword fanatic, there's nothing I love more than delving into the rich history and cultural significance of different types of blades. And when it comes to swords, it's hard to top the iconic Japanese katana. But before we dive into the details of this legendary weapon, let's start with the basics: What is a Katana? A katana is a type of Japanese sword with a curved, single-edged blade that is traditionally made of tamahagane (a type of high-carbon steel). The blade ranges from around 23.6 inches to 29.5 inches in length and is worn edge-up in a...


Culture, Spiritual, Traditional -

New Years is celebrated everywhere in the world, but it is interesting to compare the differences between western New Year / Christmas, with the way we celebrate it here in Japan. In many western countries, Christmas is meant to be spent with family and is a treasured time with loved ones while New Years is about fun celebrations with friends.  In Japan, it is the opposite. New Years is one of the most important times of year here in Japan and I would love to tell you more about it, so read on! Oshogatsu and Hatsumode As a Japanese person,...




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