A Guide to Japanese Ninjas

A Comprehensive Guide to the Japanese Ninja

  The Rise of the Ninja Although hotly debated, ninjas are believed to have first emerged during early feudal Japan (somewhere between the 12th and 15th century), a time when aristocratic rule had collapsed and chaos overcame the country. Unlike samurai, who were known to fight honourably, ninjas were free from rules, using unorthodox tactics …

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Japanese Sake: The Comprehensive Guide

What is Japanese sake? Sake (pronounced sah-kay) is an alcoholic Japanese drink made predominantly from rice. It is a popular part of Japanese cuisine and can be enjoyed at home, in restaurants and at special occasions such as weddings. The word sake can also be used as a more general reference to any other alcoholic …

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Your Complete Guide to Japanese Etiquette

Every country has a rich and multifaceted culture and Japan is no exception. Although you cannot possibly be expected to learn the intricacies of Japanese etiquette, this guide will help you on your way to walking and talking like the Japanese do.   Taking off your Shoes While travelling through Japan you will undoubtedly take …

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A Beginner’s Guide to Bonsai

Bonsai have been an intrinsic part of Japanese culture for over a thousand years. These dwarf-potted trees were originally cultivated in China but were adopted by Japanese Zen Buddhists in their attempt to embrace the beauty of nature during a period of severe austerity. Nowadays, the growth of bonsai trees is less to do with …

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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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5 Minute Guide to Japanese Table Manners

How to Give the Right Impression When Dining in Japan Certain dining etiquette is universal. It’s generally a bad idea to discuss unappealing or tasteless topics, and you should never just leave the table without first excusing yourself and thanking your host. However, most countries also hold their own unique customs – and in the …

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