THE STORY OF THE CRANE

The crane is a symbol of longevity and fidelity to the Japanese people. The bird lives for many years and Japanese legend says it can live for 1000 years. The crane also only has one mate during its’ lifetime. Giving birthday, wedding and anniversay gifts with the...

Miso Soup

4 cups Dashi (soup stock) ½ piece Ageh, cut into bite-sized pieces 4 Tablespoons Miso Paste 3 oz. Tofu, cut into bite-sized blocks 4 tbsp. Green Onions, chopped Bring the dash to a full boil, add the ageh and cook for about 2 minutes. Reduce heat and add the tofu....

THE DARUMA DOLL

This robust character is a symbol of good luck, good fortune, and strength. The Daruma’s physical presence is strong, and in most cases, the doll is difficult to knock over due to it’s rotund figure. As a result, it is said that the Daruma will never fall to defeat or...

Sunomono – Cold Noodle Salad

4 inch strip of thinly sliced English Cucumber 50 grams of Harussame Noodles 1/2 cup of Tiny Cooked Shrimp (or crab meat) 7 tbsp. of Rice Vinegar 3 tbsp. of Sugar 2 tbsp. of Water 2 tbsp. of Mirin (Japanese sweet cooking wine) – optional Mix the vinegar, sugar,...

KOKESHI NINGYO DOLL

The Kokeshi Ningyo dolls are the most popular of all Japanese folkcraft. They come in all sizes and shapes, and their specific forms, facial features and painted patterns identify the region where they are made. The art is passed from master to apprentice, and while...