JAPANESE CULTURE BLOG

Japanese Folk Toys (郷土玩具)

Japanese Folk Toys (郷土玩具)

Read more about kyōdo-gangu, little handmade dolls and figurines that became popular during the Edo period.

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Top 10: Classic Manga

BOOKS MANGA

Top 10: Classic Manga

If you’re looking for an introduction to manga, check out our rundown of ten classics from different genres.

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Sway Playlist #3

MUSIC

Sway Playlist #3

Celebrate the start of summer with some of our favourite Japanese and Japan-inspired songs for the warmer weather.

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Wa-rōsoku (和蝋燭)

CRAFTS HOME NATURE

Wa-rōsoku (和蝋燭)

In celebration of World Environment Day on 5 June we’re honouring wa-rōsoku (和蝋燭), or Japanese candles.  In contrast to most Western-made candles, which are often made out of beeswax or animal fats, traditional Japanese candles are crafted from natural fats sourced from plant matter.  Historically, they were created for temples as a way to honour ancestors without killing animals against Buddhist beliefs.  This makes them a brilliant vegan alternative to other candles. Wa-rōsoku last longer, particularly in drafts, and they burn brighter and bigger, all with very little smoke.  Not only that, painted Japanese candles (e-rōsoku) are individually hand-drawn by...

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Sway Eats: Iced Matcha Latte (抹茶ラテ)

FOOD KITCHENWARE

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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