Category Archives: Modern Traditions

Coming of Age Day — 成人の日

Happy Coming of Age Day! Today is a national holiday in Japan. Everyone who turned twenty in the past year gets all dressed up and goes to a big ceremony to celebrate. There’s lots of partying after, since 20 is … Continue reading

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Today’s Watercolor AND Youtube: Tanabata!

This past weekend was the third and final of my city’s big festivals! The first is the Daruma festival in early January and the second is the Tanabata Festival in July. I put together this little video about it for my … Continue reading

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United Arrows Shaved Ice

One of my absolute favorite things about Japan is the profusion of shaved ice in the summer time. From the Dom Pérignon shaved ice at the Grand Prince Takanawa (it’ll set you back a cool ¥30,000, or about $300, but … Continue reading

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Today’s Watercolor: Obon Cucumber Horse & Eggplant Cow

Hey guys! Wow, it’s been a crazy summer so far. Between my presentation at Otakon and the World Heritage Tour in Tomioka, I’ve barely had time to paint anything, let alone post. Luckily this weekend I finally had a chance … Continue reading

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Tanabata Macarons!

Happy Tanabata! The Star Festival is a romantic holiday in Japan, where two literally star crossed lovers meet once a year across the Milky Way, if the night is clear. I picked up these adorable Tanabata Macarons the other day, … Continue reading

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White Day in Japan!

Friday was White Dayhere in Japan. On Valentine’s Day I went all out, staying up until 1 am to bake a hundred little cat-shaped madeleines and putting together bags and with name tags. The morning of the

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Sakura mochi!

The morning of graduation I opened the teachers’ room door to be greeted by the almost overwhelming scent of Sakura. One of the teachers has a

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