• What Exactly Is Sake?

    If you’ve ever dined in a Japanese restaurant, then you may have noticed a beverage called sake on the menu. Sake is an alcoholic drink that holds an esteemed place in Japanese culture. Watch this video to learn more about sake.

    Sake is made from rice and in the same way as beer, but it is served and enjoyed like wine. The rice grains are polished before being used to make sake, and the various levels of rice polishing result in different types and qualities of the beverage. Traditionally, another person should pour sake for you, and it can be considered impolite to serve this drink to yourself.

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  • Ways That Rice Is Used in Japanese Cuisine

    If you enjoy dining at Japanese restaurants, then you may realize how significant rice is as an ingredient in Japanese cuisine. Continue reading to learn just a few of the ways that rice is used in Japan.


    If you’re like many people, then you’re already familiar with sushi. Sashimi is sometimes confused with sushi , which is always served with rice and may or may not include fish or meat. Sashimi , on the other hand, is a dish of thinly sliced and bite-sized raw fish or meat, and it is typically enjoyed with wasabi paste and soy sauce.


    Arguably the most common and beloved way to enjoy rice in Japan, onigiri is a kind of rice ball. First, rice is steamed and then seasoned, often with seaweed, salt, and vinegar. Then, it can be prepared in a variety of ways. Typically, the rice is pressed into a round or triangular shape and may then be topped with ingredients like tuna and mayonnaise, pickled vegetables, or red beans. Then, it is wrapped in a piece of seaweed for easy eating.


    Brewed from rice and enjoyed like wine, sake is an alcoholic beverage that is popular and historically significant in Japan. There are many types of sake , and they can vary in quality, cost, and taste.


    Mochi is cake made from rice that is pounded into a paste. Mochi can be enjoyed in many ways, for example, boiled and served with soy sauce and sugar or baked and topped with sweetened red beans. You can also find premade dessert products that are balls of ice cream wrapped in sweetened and flavored mochi . Zoni , which is a traditional Japanese soup served on New Year’s Day, features mochi as the main ingredient and might also be made with vegetables, meat, and seafood.

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  • The Celebration of Golden Week in Japan

    During Golden Week, everything from Japanese restaurants and accommodations to trains and sightseeing spots become crowded with tourists. The reason for this is that the Golden Week is a collection of 4 national holidays, and it is one of Japan’s 3 busiest holiday seasons. Continue reading to learn about Golden Week celebrations in Japan.

    Showa Day: April 29

    Showa Day (Showa no Hi) celebrates the birthday of former Emperor Showa, who passed away in 1989. Up until 2006, another Golden Week holiday, Greenery Day, was celebrated on April 29.

    Constitution Day: May 3

    Constitution Day (Kenpo Kinenbi) is a patriotic holiday that commemorates the enactment of the post-war Japanese constitution, which took place in 1947. Citizens of the country hold the Japanese constitution as a point of pride. For many, this constitution is most well-known for Article 9, which prohibits Japan from participating in war activities, unless it is in self-defense.

    Greenery Day: May 4

    Formerly celebrated on Showa Day, which is on April 29 and marks the birthday of former Emperor Showa, Greenery Day (Midori no Hi) is a holiday that is dedicated to nature and the environment. This is because Emperor Showa loved plants and the outdoors. Interestingly, May 4 was already considered a national holiday because, by law, a day that falls in between 2 national holidays is declared and celebrated as a national holiday, as well.

    Children’s Day: May 5

    The final holiday of the Golden Week is Children’s Day (Kodomo no Hi) . On this day, families pray for the future success and health of their sons by celebrating the Boy’s Festival (Tango no Sekku) and displaying samurai dolls and carp streamers, which symbolize success, power, and strength. On May 3, the Girl’s Festival is celebrated.

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