JAPANESE CULTURE BLOG — KITCHENWARE

Doyo no Ushi no Hi (土用の丑の日)

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Doyo no Ushi no Hi (土用の丑の日)

Eel is firmly reserved for the fish and chip shop in the UK, but it’s a fairly common feature of Japanese cuisine, particularly in summer.  Eel is known as unagi in Japan, and Doyo no Ushi no Hi (土用の丑の日) is a tradition that sees people eat unagi to maintain their stamina in the hot weather. 

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Sway Eats: Iced Matcha Latte (抹茶ラテ)

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Sway Eats: Iced Matcha Latte (抹茶ラテ)

Cool down from the warmer weather with our quick, easy and refreshing iced matcha latte (抹茶ラテ) recipe.

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Happy National Tea Day

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Happy National Tea Day

In Japan, like in the UK, nothing brings people together like a heartwarming cuppa.  From the art of cha-no-yu (tea ceremony) to traditional earthenware, it’s an integral part of both everyday life and national culture. 

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The Humble Tenugui (てぬぐい)

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The Humble Tenugui (てぬぐい)

Giftwrap, bento box cover, headband, wall art, and now mask.  Don’t underestimate the humble tenugui. Staples of everyday Japanese life, tenugui are incredibly useful pieces of cotton, silk or hemp fabric that date all the way back to the Heian era (794 to 1185 AD).  Although they were originally considered luxury items, they’ve since become popular for their eco-friendly, multipurpose uses.  Its name comes from the Japanese characters for te (“hand”) and nugui (“to wipe/wiping”).  Sway Gallery Tenugui Collection Today we’re sharing a simple, step-by-step guide from our friends Hamamonyo so you too can make your own DIY tenugui face...

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Urushi no Hi (漆の日)

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Urushi no Hi (漆の日)

Today is Urushi no Hi (or the less fun-sounding “Lacquer Day”) in Japan. The urushi technique dates back to 5000 BC and involves a long and complicated technical process using sap extracted from Asian lacquer trees. Multiple layers of wafer-thin, semi-transparent lacquer are carefully applied by hand to create the distinctive depth and sheen, making urushi goods a thoughtful gift for gastronomes. Have you seen our lacquered chopsticks and magewappa (bent woodware) lacquer covered plates?

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