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Take Your Tea Ceremony Into the Wilderness With This Outdoor Nodate Tea Set

Outdoor tea ceremonies known as nodate (野点) began in the 16 century when Japanese samurai on hunting and war expeditions drank tea with their lunch. Akin to a picnic, the tradition continues to this day but preparing one was a complicated affair. Now, thanks to this nodate tea set, setting up a tea ceremony on your next camping trip has never been easier.

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Artist Has Spent Last Two Years Drawing Animals to Fulfill Twitter Promise. Has Another 16 Years to Go.

Be careful of the promises you make on social media. Two years ago, a Japanese artist who goes by the name Harenatsu posted a photo to her Twitter account introducing her series “small animals playing in the notebook lines.” She went on to explain that for every retweet, one animal would appear. It was retweeted 22,000 times.

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Now is the Only Time You Can Visit this Pop-Up Igloo Restaurant in Nagano

Looking for a unique dining experience in Japan in the age of covid? From late January through late February, a section of Iiyama (Nagano prefecture) is transformed into a magical igloo restaurant where a local hot pot specialty called noroshi-nabe is served. Situated in the northernmost part of Nagano Prefecture, Iiyama is merely an hour and a half away from Tokyo via the Hokuriku Shinkansen.

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Camakuruma: The Igloo-Inspired Camping Car

I’ve never really seen the appeal of RVs or camping cars but this Camakuruma is making me take a second look. A combination of the Japanese words kamakura (igloo) and kuruma (car) the new concept car was developed jointly by a number of companies including Toyota and Hoshino Resorts, who want to allow skiers to rent the vehicles and park them right by the slopes to allow easier access than ever.

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Everyday Products Push Above Their Weight with Adorable Sumo Illustrations

Sumo is not just about contact wrestling. It’s about velocity; it’s about strategy; it’s about rituals. And it’s these multifaceted elements that keep audiences hooked. One of those is illustrator Satoko Fuke, who recently teamed up with lifestyle brand Felissimo to create a series of whimsical sumo-inspired products like salt shakers and glasses that are not only filled with salt and water but with humor too.

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Hiraku Suzuki’s Constellations Configured From Silver Spray Paint and Marker

“Constellation #19” (2017), installation view at Arts Maebashi | photo by Ooki Jingu

From studying the veins of dead leaves as a child to making music using environmental sounds, the Japanese contemporary artist Hiraku Suzuki has always been fascinated with the archaeological language that makes up the world around us. But rather than reconfigure the fragments around him, Suzuki chose to forge his own language as a way of re-understanding his environment. The exploration eventually lead to a series he calls “Constellation.”

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Spring Intimation: an Exhibition of Paintings by Brooklyn-based Japanese Artist Akané Ogura

this post is sponsored by Akané Ogura

Come celebrate the new year and the arrival of spring through food and art. “Spring Intimation ~ 春のほのめき~ Haru no Honomeki” is an exhibition of paintings by Brooklyn-based Japanese Artist Akané Ogura, taking place at Japanese restaurant Gen in Brooklyn through February 27th, 2022.

Who would have thought the covid pandemic would last so long? Unfortunately, many people living in New York City who have family abroad are still having difficulty reuniting with loved ones. Some cultures celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah while others celebrate New Year. In Japanese culture, New Year is the biggest celebration of the year. They celebrate with the tradition of having a New Year’s meal and visiting a local shrine to pray for the health and prosperity of the year.

With the current Japanese border restrictions, 3 days quarantine at the government specified hotels and 14 days quarantine at home, long waiting time at the airport for the testing and processing after 14 hours flight, many people who had planned on traveling to see their family had to postpone their visits once again.

In this exhibition, Ogura exhibits her paintings inspired by her heritage of Japan. She took her sentiment of “Longing for Japan”, and created several new paintings. She also gathered paintings she made in the past, specifically seasonal from New Year to early springtime. She uses the traditional Sumi-e technique and Impressionistic painting method to create the unique series of seasonal plants and nature scenes of Japan and her distinctive portraits of women.

Visit the seasonal exhibition during this unique time and celebrate the new year and early spring with authentic Japanese food and saké at Gen Brooklyn (map).

Music Monday: Kaho Nakamura

If you’ve seen Mamoru Hosoda’s latest film BELLE, you may recognize our featured musician of the week as none other than the voice of the animated film’s protagonist. Thirty-year old Kaho Nakamura is a Japanese singer-songwriter based in Kyoto who was selected last year as the voice of Suzu/Belle. Having originally attended art school with ambitions to become a visual artist, Nakamura’s background is evident in her songs and music videos which are richly layered with texture, color and emotion.

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The Road Less Traveled in Tohoku

this post is sponsored by Tohoku Japan

The six prefectures that make up Tohoku were once considered Japan’s frontier. Now, excellent access by train, plane, and automobile have enabled more visitors to appreciate the region’s natural scenery, from the fresh green leaves of Aomori Prefecture’s Oirase Gorge in summer to the burst of color of Miyagi Prefecture’s Rairai-kyo Gorge in autumn. Japan’s borders remain closed due to the global pandemic, but in anticipation of a reopening, correspondent Noam Katz travels to Tohoko in search of hidden gems.

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In Historic Narai-Juku, an Ancient Sake Brewery Converted to a Lodge

all photos by Masahiro Ikeda courtesy Nosigner

At one point in time, the 400-year old Narai-juku was one of the most-prosperous “stations” along the Nakasendo trail that connected Kyoto with current-day Tokyo. As a designated preservation site, it’s one of the few places in Japan that has retained its Edo-era architectural charm. Along a narrow road lined with merchants and inns was the former Suginomori sake brewery. It’s here that a new lodge called Byaku has decided to inherit roots.

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