Feel the Heat of Wasabi


Wasabi is a popular Japanese condiment similar to horseradish, most commonly used when eating sashimi and sushi. It has a unique sharp taste: you can feel your sinuses clear immediately after consuming it. Wasabi is widely served in Japan and the rest of world is fast getting to appreciate its addictive flavor. Wasabi (わさび(山葵), a […]

Favorite Anime Characters


Anime is considered a diverse art form using distinct techniques in the production process that continue to evolve with new technologies. Here are just some of the favorite anime characters of all time. Shinji Ikari The Shinji Ikari character is a young boy who first appeared in Gainax Co., Ltd.’s Neon Genesis Evangelion in 1995. He was asked […]

Japan’s Rabbit Island of Ōkunoshima


There’s a tiny island called Ōkunoshima in the Inland Sea of Japan, in the city of Takehara in Hiroshima Prefecture. It could be just any small island out of Japan’s 6,852 islands. What makes Ōkunoshima different is that it is also known as Usagi Jima (うさぎ島) or Rabbit Island because of the unbelievable number of feral rabbits that […]

Delicious Ekiben Meals on the Go!


Bento box meals are a fast, healthy, and cost effective way to get a satisfying meal. The word bento came from southern Song Dynasty slang, from the word “convenience,” in the Kamakura period (1185-1333) when cooked and dried rice (hoshi-ii) came about. Intricate wooden lacquer boxes held bento at hanami (tea parties) and bento flourished until after WWII, […]

Discovering Japan by Train


Aaaaaaaall Aboooaaard! Railways are one of the most important means of transportation in Japan since the 19th century. Today, the Shinkansen (新幹線), or new trunk line, is a network of high-speed railway lines called bullet trains: an essential mode of transportation that gets people around the country. Japan has a long history with trains that helped propel the industrialization of its economy. […]

Welcoming Spring with Hyakumono-Zoroe Sennin Gyoretsu


Shunki Reitaisai (Grand Festival of Spring) is usually celebrated on the 17th and 18th of May in Nikko, Japan. It is a wonderful way to welcome spring and commemorate the Tokugawa Ieyasu and other great samurai warriors. Tokugawa Ieyasu (1543–1616) was founder and first shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate that ruled from 1600 until the Meiji Restoration in […]

The Components of a Katana


The katana (刀) is one of the most popular types of swords in the world. It was used by the samurai class in feudal Japan and is commonly known as the samurai sword.  It is defined by its characteristic curved, single-edged, razor sharp, thin blade with a rounded or square guard and long grip so it […]

KCP Winter 2016 Students Visit Edo-Tokyo Museum


Recently, KCP Winter 2016 students visited the Edo-Tokyo Museum as a cultural activity: a wonderful way to learn first-hand about the  history and way of life of the Japanese people. The Edo-Tokyo Museum, located in the heart of the bustling metropolis, gives visitors a glimpse of early life in the ancient city and envisions what the future […]

Delectable Sakura Cheese


Varieties of Mongolian-style cheese were introduced to Japan centuries ago from China and Korea. Cheese entered mainstream Japanese dining during the Meiji Era in the late 19th century. It was a most significant time in Japanese history in many aspects such as in politics, culture, and cuisine. In 1868, when Japan transitioned from being a closed and highly […]

KCP Winter 2016 Students Visit Asakusa


Asakusa, a favorite place to go to in Japan, is close to the brimming metropolis of Tokyo and has a rich and vibrant history. Asakusa is an urban district conveniently located just on the north-east outskirts of central Tokyo, at the brim of the eastern end of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line subway, and about a […]