Healthy eating practices and veganism helped tofu gain a foothold in the West relatively recently. It started slowly in the 1960s and has grown ever more popular. However, Japan has been eating…

Having spent the past few months freely lamenting the patent lack of expediency in Japan’s vaccine campaign, it’s time to give credit where indeed it is due. The turnaround has been quite…

Rice is an essential part of Japan. Not just the Japanese diet, but also the country itself. Beyond being the staple food source for centuries, the meaning behind this simple grain has been deeply ingrained…

When most people begin their study of reading and writing Japanese kanji, they often learn numbers, days of the week or other simple characters such as “river” and “mountain.” I began mine…

When is Japanese milk not milk? What may sound at first like a Zen koan riddle is actually a legitimate question that you may want to know the answer to because a…

One of the more surprising aspects of Japanese cuisine, when presented to those who’ve never experienced it, is the array of raw dishes. While people around the world are familiar with sushi, sashimi,…

A well-established and proudly repeated fact in Japan is that this country has four distinct beloved seasons. More importantly for foodies, this means seasonal foods are a huge part of Japanese culture,…

As the pandemic continues many of us have found ourselves newly exploring wellness options — or perhaps renewing an existing interest in this area. And while travel is currently still not advisable,…

Deep in the majestic Kirishima mountain range lies one of Japan’s best-kept beauty secrets: its water. This is where Nomu Silica, a natural mineral water rich in silica, is sourced.  What is…

Fitness products are confusing. It’s often hard to sort through all the options and terminology swirling around the supplement industry. Now imagine trying to figure out which of the many products are…

Striving to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle with a diet full of nutrient-dense foods is ideal, but sometimes this can be challenging. For the past few months, especially, we have all…

This year has been brutal — and we’re still only halfway through it. We’re living through a global pandemic, rampant racism, unprecedented unemployment, financial crises, global warming — and the real fear of…