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Japanese Christmas Gift Ideas and Inspiration

Although Christmas Day is not recognised as a national holiday in Japan, Christmas is still a hugely popular event which is celebrated every year. In Japan, Christmas is acknowledged as a time to spread happiness rather than a religious occasion, and features gift-giving at its centre. Whether you are an avid lover of all things …

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Japanese Wedding Traditions and Customs

With wedding season upon us, and it often being difficult to know what to expect at a Japanese wedding, we thought it best to share some Japanese wedding traditions for the uninitiated! Whether you’re attending a Japanese wedding this summer or are just curious to learn more about Japanese marriage customs, this post will give …

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Top 5 Christmas Japanese Gifts

Top 5 Japanese Christmas Gifts

With Christmas just around the corner, we could all do with a little inspiration when it comes to getting those last few gifts. At The Japanese Shop, we have so many unique and authentic Japanese gift ideas that make a perfect and unforgettable present. This year has seen some new and exciting products added to …

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Japanese Prints took centre stage from the 19th century onwards

Japanese Woodblock Prints Guide

Woodblock printing (‘mokuhanga’) is a traditional art form in Japan involving the printing of text, images, and patterns. Many intricate and famous prints have been created as a result of Japanese woodblock printing techniques, and these prints go far back in Japan’s history. This guide highlights how and when this process began. Woodblock Printing History …

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What to Expect at a Japanese Wedding

Summer is the season of love and with romance in the air, you may have found yourself on the receiving end of a few wedding invitations – or perhaps you’re planning your own. Whether you’re headed down the aisle, toasting a happy couple, or just daydreaming about your future special day, there are so many …

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How to Prepare for a Japanese Christmas

Christmas, a predominantly Western celebration, spread to Japan during the 1960s. According to German Japanologist, Klaus Kracht, Christmas initially took root in Japan due to the country’s desire to be accepted into the wider international society after its period of isolation ended. Now, more and more Japanese people are adopting this present-giving, joy-spreading time of …

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Our Step-by-Step Guide: How to Use Chopsticks

We’ve all been there: headed out for a healthy Japanese meal, ordered our favourite Katsu curry, only to find that we spend hours awkwardly trying to figure out how to use the chopsticks so that we can eat more than one grain of rice before our dinner goes cold. With Asian cuisine booming in the …

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How to Celebrate Father’s Day – Japanese Style

Whether your father has ties with Japan or you simply want to do something a bit different this year, a Japanese-themed dinner is a fun and original way to celebrate Father’s Day. So put your Japanese knife skills to the test and get the sake flowing (preferably in that order), and learn how to celebrate …

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What Happens on Japanese Valentines Day?

How is Japanese Valentines Day Celebrated? The Japanese love to do things a little differently to the rest of the world and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Japanese Valentines Day is celebrated over two dates, February 14th and exactly one month later on March 14th. Why over two days? Well February 14th is dedicated to women …

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