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Sakura Season

We’ve all seen those amazing photos of blossom taken in Japan. The sakura (cherry blossom) season has just begun over there, but celebrations go beyond a simple stroll through the trees. Many Japanese people organise hanami (flower viewing) parties beneath the trees, with the partying sometimes lasting all day and well into the night. The…

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An Entirely Edible Mother’s Day Sushi Bouquet

Here’s a lovely idea from Japanese food specialist www.yutaka.co for kids to make for their mums this Mother’s Day. It’s a beautiful bouquet that’s entirely edible because it’s made from sushi cones – or temaki, to give them their official Japanese name. You can choose to fill them with whatever you fancy – avocado, wasabi,…

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Sapporo Snow Festival

One of the most fabulous festivals in Japan each year is the Sapporo Snow Festival. It’s not sponsored by the famous beer of the same name, it’s actually named after the city of Sapporo in which the three festival sites are located.  The festival began in the 50s when a group of students created a…

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Aphrodisiac Sushi Heart Pizza –

Makes Perfect Valentine Foreplay, Says Relationship Expert Chilean author Isabel Allende famously said: “Cooking can be like foreplay” and she was spot on, according to UK-based relationship expert and lifestyle coach, Olga Levancuka. Cooking with your long-term partner can be a real turn-on and it can also help two people meeting for the first time…

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Chinese New Year

The Chinese celebrate the Year of the Rooster in 2017. Their official new year begins on Saturday 28th January and ends on 15th February 2018. Also called the Spring Festival, because the dates are governed by the Chinese lunisolar calendar, they change every year. We take a look at some of the traditions surrounding the…