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Why strawberries are popular in Japan – Ichigo No Hi

Strawberries are the most beloved fruit in Japan, so much that you can find them in parfaits, daifuku mochi, and super kawaii and photogenic Christmas cakes. And they also have a dedicated day! A brief history of Japanese strawberries Strawberries were imported to Japan from Europe in the mid 1800s, but were still considered simply …

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Shikifukujin Meguri: Visiting the seven Japanese gods of luck

If you want to start the new year with a good supply of luck, take a few hours to visit the temples of the seven gods of luck (Shichifukujin Meguri – 七福神巡り). When to do shichifukujin meguri? The first seven days of the year are considered particularly lucky, however it is not unusual to make …

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Osechi ryori: Japanese new year foods to attract fortune

The Japanese new year celebration is all about attracting luck and prosperity and food makes no exception: so much that there is a word for the food ensemble of January 1, osechi ryori. The traditional meal of the Japanese new year is called osechi (おせち), and it’s served in lacquered boxes (jubako) that are usually …

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Mochi tradition and microwave-free recipe for the Japanese new year

It’s almost the new year, so in Japan it’s time to make mochi and attract luck on you and your family – so here I share the tradition and a microwave-free recipe you can easily make at home. The end of the year and the beginning of the new one represent two recurrences of extreme …

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Kagami mochi to celebrate the New Year Japanese style

As early as December, Japanese supermarkets start selling New Year’s decorations. The most traditional is kagami mochi, two mochi and a mandarin stacked on top of each other. ‘Kagami’ means mirror, because the two mochi seem to have the shape of a bronze mirror used in Japan in ancient times. The mandarin is called ‘dai-dai’ …