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Extended Snack Information – Christmas 2017

Without further ado, here is the link to this month’s extended snack information for the November / December Christmas edition of Taste Japan 2017. Enter your password from this month’s flyer below and read on!

From all of us here at Taste Japan – here’s hoping you have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New year wherever you may be.


Extended Snack Information – October / November 2017

Here’s this month’s snack writeup! Enter your password from the flyer included in the box to get access to more detailed information on each delicious treat.


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Momijigari (紅葉狩)

October and November usually sees the temperatures cool down and the onset of winter starts. Autumn (when it comes!) is a wonderful time in Japan as the Japanese maple tree sheds its colourful leaves.

The Japanese even have a word for this annual phenomenon – Momijigari (紅葉狩). Vibrant reds, yellows and browns can be seen and many places have their own illumination festivals where the trees are lit up for spectators at night – it is a truly wonderful experience and a must if you travel to Japan during this time of the year.

Places worth visiting to see Momijigari include the traditional capital of Japan – Kyoto, or Nikko which is a train ride away from Tokyo in Tochigi Prefecture. Also anywhere in the mountains of Gifu and Nagano in central Japan are well worth a visit.

Check out how beautiful Kiyomizudera (清水寺, literally “Pure Water Temple”) looks in Kyoto…

Extended Snack Information – September / October 2017. Halloween Edition

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Here’s this month’s write-up of your box contents, including a few extra special Halloween themed goodies.

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Malc & Rich

Extended Snack Information – August / September 2017

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Obon (お盆)

Obon (お盆) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honour the spirits of one’s ancestors that has been celebrated for at least 500 years. Although a traditionally religious time of the year, it has developed into a national holiday during which Japanese revisit their hometown’s to get together with family for a few days.

A dance, known as Bon-Odori has also developed over the years and it is a common sight at festivals across the country during this time of the year. Participants of the dance traditionally wear yukata, or light cotton kimonos that are often beautifully adorned and the look finished off with Geta (下駄) – Japanese sandals made from wood.

Many Obon celebrations include festivals with games, and summer festival food like chilled cucumber and watermelon. The festival ends with Toro Nagashi (灯籠流し), or the floating of lanterns. Paper lanterns are illuminated and then floated down rivers symbolically signalling the ancestral spirits’ return to the world of the dead.