Author: David

Famous Japanese Authors You Should Try Reading

Many readers outside of Japan aren’t familiar with Japanese literature. That’s unfortunate because many wonderful authors from Japan exist. Japan has maintained a vibrant literary culture since writing was introduced to Japan from China in the 5th century via Korea. It was during the Meiji Period (1868-1912) when modern Japanese literature grew exponentially. Since that…

Valentine’s Day in Japan: A Look at Japanese Valentine’s Day Traditions

Valentine’s Day in Japan: A Look at Japanese Valentine’s Day Traditions

Most well-traveled, culturally-aware people will know that holidays are not universal. As we approach February 14th, you might wonder: Do they celebrate Valentine’s Day in Japan? And if so, how is it different? Valentine’s Day in Japan: The Basics Most of our readers will be familiar with the Western way of celebrating Valentine’s Day. Generally…

What is a Tatami Mat?

What is a Tatami Mat?

You’ve likely noticed that the flooring in Japanese rooms looks different than what we are used to in the West. This type of flooring is called tatami and, like many things in Japan, it’s quite interesting. What is Tatami? A tatami is a type of mat used as flooring material in Japanese rooms. Traditionally, the…

12 Unique Japanese Kit Kat Flavors You Need to Try

12 Unique Japanese Kit Kat Flavors You Need to Try

The origin of Kit Kat, the chocolate-covered wafer bar, goes back to 1911 when British confectionery company Rowntree trademarked the term. It wasn’t until the 1920s that production started, and became wildly successful. Most people are familiar with the traditional Kit Kat which is milk chocolate over crispy wafers. There have been variations like white…