How to Make Umeshu (梅酒, Plum Wine)

What is Umeshu and Where Can You Get It? Have you ever tried umeshu (梅酒)? Also known as plum wine, this is a sweet and refreshing drink often served on-the-rocks or mixed with soda water. Its fruity taste makes for easy sipping, and is one of my favorite summer beverages! You can find umeshu pretty... Continue Reading →

Unique and Fun Stationery to Buy in Japan

Japanese Stationery Supplies In case you didn't know, Japanese stationery rocks! Compact, cute, and clever... these characteristics describe almost every item in the stationery aisle, and let me just say - it's a real challenge refraining from buying it all. Maybe that should be an Olympic Sport ?. Since I've started to gather a nice... Continue Reading →

Bungo Beef: Oita’s Signature Wagyu

What is Bungo Beef? Today I'm going to introduce one of Japan's premium wagyu dishes, Bungo Beef! I'm sure you've heard of Kobe Beef and wagyu before.... so how does Bungo Beef fit into the mix? A slab of Kobe Beef Simply put, wagyu (和牛) means Japanese cow. (和 is pronounced 'wa' and means Japanese,... Continue Reading →

Vending Machines: Convenient or Overkill?

Special in Japan: Abundant Vending Machines Introducing a new type of blog post I'm calling: Special in Japan! Recently I've only been writing about big trips and events, but there are so many other things I experience and learn every day that I also want to share. So to post more consistently and not leave... Continue Reading →

Aizome Traditional Indigo Dyeing in Kurume

A recent visit to the Chikugo region of Kurume brought me to the steps of a workshop specializing in the production of indigo textiles. The most highly regarded products are called Kurume Kasuri which feature intricate, handcrafted, dual tone patterns. Kurume Kasuri Textiles To be considered true Kurume Kasuri (an official national handicraft of Japan),... Continue Reading →

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