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1月 14, 2019 0

Finally a friend who made this website came to Wakalture!


Keith is my friend from England who used to live in Japan.
I met him 6 years ago after I came back from my working holiday in Australia. We just kept in touch then after I came back from Canada (also working holiday), I decided to start Wakalture for visitors to Japan. Since I know he is a designer, I asked hime to create Wakalture’s logo, flyer and this website.
As you see, he created this cool website!!
This is his website; https://www.gd86.co.uk

That was 2016. He’s finally come to Wakalture after 2,5 years just before he left Japan!!


He chose 虎 means tiger to write.
Even though he knew the kanji, it was still challenging for him!

He left a great review on TripAdvisor:)

As I know quite a bit of kanji already, I still found it interesting to try my hand at shodō under the eye of Wakana Sensei. She taught me some meanings of kanji that I had no idea about, as well as other parts of the Japanese culture. It was really interesting, as you get to learn about kanji, and also understand more about how difficult it can be.

If you’re interested in Japanese calligraphy (Shodo), then please contact me!!
You’ll learn the Traditional Japanese Calligraphy;) I have a license to teach Calligraphy and over 20 years of experiences.
info@wakalture.com
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1月 10, 2019 0

Guests from Make-A-Wish


I had an offer from Make-A-Wish through Airbnb experience.
Yohan and his family visited me for Udon making and Calligraphy class:)
They came from Quebec, Canada. I’ve visited there when I lived in Toronto few years ago. So we enjoyed talking about their city too!!
 
They enjoyed making Udon noodle from scratch!!

Then they tried Japanese calligraphy.
It’s not easy to write with brush but they enjoyed the difficulty too;)

Their works:)
From the left hourse, car, family.
They chose the words which they like.

They also liked my handmade accessories (Origami earrings, Tsumami-zaiku hairpin etc…) and brought some back home:)

I hope I could help Yohan’s travel more memorable:)

1月 09, 2019 0

TOKYO SURPRISE!

TOEI TRANSPORTATION × TripAdvisor are holding TOKYO SURPRISE campaign!! And Wakalture is chosen for it:D

Wakalture surprise😆💕 I’m on the poster!!
 
I’m on the trains, buses even in platforms😲 

They have “Toei One-day Pass” (Toei Marugoto Kippu)
Adult:700yen/Child:350yen
You can take all Toei line such as Toei Oedo Line, Toei Asakusa Line, Toei Shinjuku Line, Toei Mita Line and Toei buses for one day.
Also, you may win an assortment of mementos!! 
The ticket is marked “当” 😀

Wakalture is also chosen TOKYO SURPEISE! TOUR ROUTE:02 !!
In the route 02 tour, you can visit 9 spots include Wakalture Experience:)

Check their official web site for more details!!
TOKYO SURPRISE!

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Toei transportation on Facebook

1月 08, 2019 0

Osechi, a traditional Japanese meal for New year


Osechi is a traditional Japanese food for New year.
They come in special boxes called Jubako. Each dishes in Jubako have special meaning for welcoming New year.

Most of shops closed around New year long time ago like before having fridge. So that people had to make something that they could keep long time while all shops closed. So it used more sugar, salt or vinegar.
People used to cook but it’s a lot of work. So now most of family buy it;) My mum and grandma still cook some of them though:)
The top one is at my home.

And these below are my husband’s place Osechi!!

1月 06, 2019 0

Japanese New Year

Happy new year!!:D

Today, I will introduce this Japanese traditional ornament called Shimenawa Kazari (or Shimekazari).
Shimenawa is usually used at Shinto shrines to mark sacred spaces and to chase away the evil spirits. The Shimenawa Kazari used on New Year has a similar meaning. Usually display on the front door.
People used to start to dispaly from 13th December. Since Christmas got popular in Japan, we usually display after 25th.
The number 9 doesn’t mean good (sound of 9 is suffering in Japanese) so people shouldn’t display on 29th. Also 31st. It’s called “Ichiyakazari”, ichiya means one night and kazari means display. To display it just the day before new years, this doesn’t mean good as a lack of respect.
Then take this off on 7th January most of people in Kanto area (East side of Japan) and 15th in Kansai area (West side of Japan).

I just found this Shimenawa Kazari at Daiso (100yen shop) then take some off, changed a bit and glued Tsumami- zaiku:)
I put Tsumami-zaiku of pine, bamboo and plum trees with a crane. They all are symbols of good luck!!

I will write about Osechi, a traditional food in New year next;)

Thank you for reading,
I wish you all have a wonderful year!!

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