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Japanese vs. Western Kitchens

Japan vs. the West: Kitchens I J-Life International
Japanese kitchens are central to the home.  In Japanese the kitchen is called the kamado.  Not only is this space important for food preparation bu...

Buddhism in Japan

Buddhism in Japan I J-Life International
According to tradition the founder of Buddhism, Siddartha, was born in 563 BCE in what is now considered to be southern Nepal.  He was a prince who...

What's in a Tatami Mat?

What's in a Tatami Mat? I J-Life International
Tatami mats are the traditional flooring used in Japan.  Originally, tatami was only used amongst the rich and upper class but during the Muromachi...

Three Reasons You Need To Be Using Chopsticks

Three Reasons You Need To Be Using Chopsticks I J-Life Internattional
Lowers Glycemic Index (GI) of Food One of the biggest health benefits of using chopsticks is that it lowers the Glycemic Index of the food we eat. ...

The Traditional Japanese Home

Traditional Japanese Home I J-Life International
Japanese homes are built in a very different manner than those in the West.  They are built to allow for airflow due to the high temperatures in th...

Kōdō 香道, "Way of Fragrance"

Kōdō 香道, "Way of Fragrance"
Incense was first introduced to Japan through the spread of Buddhism.  After it’s initial arrival, incense culture in Japan quickly flourished.  It...

Japanese vs. Western Sleep Style

Japanese vs. Western Sleep Styles I J-Life International
The Japanese have a very different approach to architecture and interior design in comparison to the West.  Due to the prominence of earthquakes, J...

Incense in Japan

Incense in Japan I J-Life International
Incense is an important aspect of Japanese culture going back hundreds of years.  Japan was introduced to incense through the use of it in Buddhist...

History of Sushi

History of Sushi
Sushi is a favorite dish well known around the world.  Today you can find a wide variety of sushi from different kinds of fish to vegetarian, simpl...

Hanami 花見

Hanami 花見
Hanami is the act of viewing the Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) and is a common cultural event in Japan.  The word Hanami is a combination of the Kanji w...

Golden Week

Golden Week I J-Life International
Golden Week is the name given to the week in Spring that houses four of the fifteen Japanese national holidays.  The week begins with Showa Day fol...

A Brief History of Bento Boxes

History of Bento Boxes I J-Life International
The earliest records of Bento Boxes date back to the 5th century.  Many people were out all day hunting, fishing, or farming.  The Bento Box was or...