Tag Archives: Japanese

Jojima Sake Festival 2013

If you like Japanese sake (nihonshu), then you know that one of the most exciting times of the year has nearly arrived–kurabiraki season!¬†Kurabiraki is when sake breweries open their doors to visitors and offer free or low-priced tastings of most … Continue reading

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Top Ten Japanese Character Mascots 2012

I published my first top-ten Japanese yuru-kyara list almost one year ago, and thanks to enthusiastic responses from readers I have decided to make an updated list with a view of 2012 as a whole. You will recognize some of … Continue reading

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Introduction to Japanese Sake (Nihonshu) and Sake Shops in Fukuoka

When it comes to alcoholic beverages, most people associate Kyushu with shochu, a type of liquor widely produced in the region (especially in southern Kyushu). However, in Fukuoka Prefecture (and neighboring Saga Prefecture), nihonshu¬†has considerable popularity. Nihonshu (lit. “sake of … Continue reading

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The Hardest Question: Why Did You Come to Japan?

One of the hardest questions that people in Japan ask me is also one of the first questions I received, and one of the most common for every expatriate living here. The question: Why did you come to Japan? Every … Continue reading

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Sake Dining Sagakura

In June 2010, a remarkable bar called Sake Dining Sagakura opened in the Tenijn/Nakasu area. Although shochu, local beer, and other drinks are available, Sagakura’s main focus is on nihonshu (Japanese rice liquor, often known simply as”sake” in other countries). … Continue reading

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Hakata Hanami: Fukuoka Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots for 2011

As winter fades away and the sun begins to make daily appearances, the cherry blossom season is almost upon us. The best time for viewing blossoms in Fukuoka in 2011 will be March 30 to April 7 (according to the … Continue reading

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