Writer: Preetha ( Page 2 / 4 )

I am from India. I am living in Gifu Prefecture with my husband from 2014 onwards.
After giving birth to our baby here, I am spending more time on writing about our trips, and other things that I saw and hear in this nation. I love the customs, traditions , festivals and all above that the places and foods of Japan. The beauty of Japan is always helping me in my hobbies of painting and writing. Also Japanese taste is encouraging a lot in my cooking.
Looking forward to know more and more new words in Japanese, hearing about unique customs and practices in Japan, discovering new means for enjoying our life in Japan.

Ume Viewing Sites in Nagoya

This year’s winter is about to be over very soon. According to the Lunar calendar, Japan’s spring has already started. Plum blossoms are the very first flowers that are blooming in every spring to welcome the season of flowers pampered by the cool breeze.

A Few Edible Weeds Used in Japan

We can see a lot of green leafy vegetables consumed by the Japanese society often in the raw form or boiled in soups and other dishes. They also make use of many commonly found wild plants that are let unnoticed by all of us even though we may find them around us.

Osechi Ryori : New Year's Bento Box

Like any other time, during the New Year also, Japanese have some special food items. There are timings for consuming each kind of food. Among them the most popular and a must followed practice is to eat a set of food in special lunch boxes named as Osechi Ryori. This is consumed as the first food just after welcoming the New Year.

Offering Money in Japan

There are a lot of special envelopes seen in Japanese stores. These envelopes are called "Noshibukuro". They usually have a colourful cord at its front side. There are various varieties of gift envelopes with different titles. Japanese people give gift money during the occasions like New Year, wedding, funeral, baby’s birth, school admission etc. Different occasions have different fancy envelopes to enclose the gift amount.

Understanding the Years Based on Japanese Eras

When we write the date in Japan, we could see that instead of writing the year as 2015, they used to write 27 in most cases. If your date of birth is before 1989, you can notice an unpredictable change in the year which will make you really confused. So it is necessary to know clearly how to write the Japanese year and what is the basis of this year calculations.

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