JAPANESE CULTURE BLOG

Sway Stories: Momotarō (桃太郎)

FOLKLORE

Sway Stories:  Momotarō (桃太郎)

Japan's folklore is little-known outside of the country, yet there are some fascinating and quirky stories to rival the most well-known tales.  Read on to learn a little bit about Momotarō (桃太郎), or "Peach Boy", as we kick off our new series on famous Japanese folk tales and myths... The Adventures of Momotarō   Born out of a giant peach that was found floating down a river by an elderly woman, a young boy was discovered when the woman and her husband began to cut and eat the peach.  The boy informed the childless couple that the Gods had chosen...

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Happy International Dog Day

Happy International Dog Day

The iconic bronze statue of Hachikō at Shibuya station in Tokyo As we approach International Dog Day on 26 August, the true-life story of the Akita dog Hachikō's incredible loyalty to his owner is a particularly heartwarming tale.  Along with the Akita Inu, with inu (犬) meaning dog, there are six ancient breeds native to Japan; Hokkaidō, Kai Ken, Kishu, Shikoku, Shiba Inu. The most well-known Japanese breeds, like the Akita and Shiba Inu, fall under the spitz type of dog.  Characteristics include large, bear-like faces, thick fur, pointed ears and small, dark, deepset eyes.  The cutest part?  Their curled tails....

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Nagashi-sōmen (流しそうめん)

FOOD SUMMER

Nagashi-sōmen (流しそうめん)

Sōmen are thin noodles made from wheat flour, that cook quickly.  They're a common sight through summer in Japan, where they're usually eaten cold to help cool you down.

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Top 5: Japanese TV Shows to Binge

MANGA TV

Top 5: Japanese TV Shows to Binge

If you're looking for a new TV series, read on for our favourite Japanese shows currently available on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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O-hashi no Hi (お箸の日)

FOOD

O-hashi no Hi (お箸の日)

Happy Chopsticks Day for 4 August! In Japan, chopsticks spread from China around 500 AD and are known as ohashi. Read on for our top tips on chopstick etiquette.

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