抹茶饗宴:探索抹茶的世界與日本頂尖抹茶產地

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當我們提到日本,抹茶無疑的會被視為該國最具代表性的產品之一,但你知道抹茶的來源嗎?抹茶是由遮陽的環境下生長的綠茶茶葉,以石磨的方式加工成抹茶粉。並以其鮮豔的綠色、獨特的風味和多種健康益處而受到大家喜愛,也是長久以來一直讓日本人引以為傲的傳統。

 

抹茶的歷史

茶道的實踐茶道的實踐 | ©Adobe Stock

抹茶除了僅僅是一種時尚飲料之外,還擁有悠久而豐富的歷史。追溯到12世紀,抹茶一開始是由名為榮西的日本佛教僧侶引入日本,他不僅帶來了綠茶種子,還引進了禪宗佛教的制茶技術。

在這些種子被帶回日本後,這些茶種子們在當時鎌倉幕府的京都府寺廟旁土地找到了適合自己的生長環境。在這個時期,抹茶的生產一直受到嚴格的限制,因此它也成為了一種醫學奢侈品的象徵,尤其禪宗僧侶和武士在冥想儀式中所重視的醫療效果。

隨後,隨著茶道的實踐日益普及,抹茶在日本文化中的重要地位以及以用它來接待外賓的角色得以確立。

 

抹茶的種植與它的保健效益

碾茶碾茶 | ©photoAC

製作抹茶綠茶粉的過程中,因為要將茶葉在有遮陽設備下進行至少20天的遮蔽生長的種植方式,這個過程也稱為「碾茶」,以增加其葉綠素和茶氨酸的含量。這也讓抹茶有更鮮豔的綠色及更豐富濃郁的鮮味,更被認為會具有讓人身心平靜、振奮的效果,並提高專注力和睡眠品質。

在遮蔽期過後,茶葉經過收割、蒸煮和乾燥之後,再細工研磨成抹茶粉。這個過程不僅保留了綠茶本身的營養成分和抗氧化劑,還提供了許多的健康效果,包括抗衰老和預防動脈硬化,這也讓抹茶受到全球民眾的喜愛,尤其是女性。

 

各種不同品質的抹茶

抹茶可以分為三個主要等級
抹茶可以分為三個主要等級 | ©Adobe Stock

抹茶粉根據其質地、香氣、味道和顏色等多個標準進行分級。生產地的不同,是分級系統中是關鍵的影響條件。因為氣候、土壤組成等因素,都會影響茶葉品質。

一般來說,最高品質的抹茶是來自最幼嫩或最早收成的茶葉,因其嫩度、鮮豔的顏色和濃郁的味道而受到很高的評價。相反的,品質較低的抹茶味道則較為溫和,但仍擁有令人愉悅的口感。

整體來說,抹茶可以分為三個主要等級:

 

1. 茶道級抹茶

茶道級抹茶茶道級抹茶 | ©photoAC

最高等級的抹茶,來自精心培育的一番茶的嫩芽和嫩葉。這個等級的抹茶經過精心加工過程,以此確保生產出最新鮮、最精緻、口感最順滑的抹茶粉。茶道級抹茶以其鮮豔的翠綠色和絲滑的質地而聞名,意在單獨品嚐,不添加任何甜味劑或添加劑,讓純淨的味道得以完全展現。

 

2. 烹飪級抹茶

烹飪級抹茶烹飪級抹茶 | ©Adobe Stock

烹飪級抹茶具有比較濃烈、濃郁的風味,使其能夠與其他配料互相襯托,通常來自二番茶或第二次收成的茶葉。這個等級的抹茶通常來自含帶有殘留莖和脈的茶葉,因此其顏色會比茶道級抹茶更加暗淡一些。它也可能是由許多不同地區生產的抹茶粉混合而成。儘管如此,它仍保有其特有的顏色和豐富獨特的風味,使其成為是拿鐵或雞尾酒等混合創作的理想選擇。

 

3. 食品添加級抹茶

食品添加級抹茶食品添加級抹茶 | ©Adobe Stock

最後,這個等級的抹茶通常由收成季末期所收成的茶葉製成,此等級的茶葉會比較偏黃色色調,也會有獨特的苦澀綠茶風味。是抹茶粉產品中最經濟實惠的,它同時也是添加於食品或營養品中的最佳選擇。

儘管這三個等級的抹茶都具有其不同的營養成分,但茶道級抹茶顯著含有較高的茶氨酸和咖啡因,有助於振奮精神和提高專注力。相反的,其他等級的抹茶則往往具有更高的抗氧化劑和茶多酚含量。要真正了解其中的奧妙,請啟動您的感官進行探索,來找到您最喜歡的抹茶等級!

 

日本國內前3名的抹茶生產地

作為全球主要的抹茶生產國,日本全國,除了北部,以其各地所生產高品質的抹茶粉而聞名。在日本,不僅可以品嚐到來自各地區的綠茶品種以滿足您的味蕾,還可以深入探究其獨特風味和香氣所展現的豐富歷史和文化意義。讓我們來看看日本幾個頂級的抹茶產區!

 

1. 京都府的宇治

宇治市是日本最主要的抹茶栽培地之一宇治市是日本最主要的抹茶栽培地之一 | ©photoAC

宇治市,位於京都的南部,被公認為抹茶的發源地,是日本最主要的抹茶栽培地之一。宇治的抹茶被譽為是日本最高等級,以其濃郁的香氣和甜美的奶油味而聞名,伴隨著微妙的苦味底蘊。這種獨特的風味歸功於它所種植的地理條件,宇治市因為夏季炎熱且冬季寒冷,這種氣候造就了收穫最優質綠茶葉的理想環境。

在西元12世紀,榮西將綠茶種子和製作綠茶粉技術帶回京都之後,宇治就開始了茶葉栽培的傳統。這也讓宇治自然地成為了日本茶道的發源地。到了14世紀中期,日常飲茶的禮節更是普遍地融合在日本人的生活之中,宇治抹茶也獲得了很高的評價,被公認是皇室茶道會上使用的最高等級禮物。即使在今天,宇治抹茶仍受到全球茶藝愛好者的高度推崇。

 

2. 愛知縣的西尾

愛知縣的西尾愛知縣的西尾 | ©PhotoAC

作為第二大抹茶生產中心,位於愛知縣的西尾市有著日本全國30%的抹茶產量。它以提供許多最優質的抹茶而聞名,以其豐富、充滿鮮味和絲滑的風味而受到大家喜愛。與其他抹茶生產地區不同的是,西尾市將超過97%的茶葉,用來生產純抹茶或高品質的日式抹茶點心,這也讓它更與眾不同。

西尾抹茶擁有近800年的悠久種植歷史,茶葉在矢作川河岸的溫暖氣候和肥沃土壤下茁壯生長。與宇治類似,據說綠茶種子是在13世紀,由佛教僧侶清智國師引入西尾,並種植在實相寺的院子裡。直到明治時代,隨著從京都宇治傳過來的茶種子和製茶技術,西尾的抹茶生產才開始蓬勃發展。

 

3. 鹿耳島縣

鹿耳島縣鹿耳島縣 | ©PhotoAC

位於九州南部的鹿兒島縣是日本第二大的綠茶生產地,僅次於靜岡縣。其獨特之處在於使用創新的方式來生產單一產地抹茶,基本上是有機抹茶。該地區因為有活躍的火山,而造就了豐沃的土壤、加上溫暖的氣候和充沛的降雨,為綠茶樹的茶芽栽培提供了最佳的生長條件。

鹿兒島的農民打破了傳統,採用創新的技術和全新概念來滿足全球對健康食品激增的需求,進而生產出風格獨特,且濃厚並帶有微妙收斂口感的抹茶,這樣的成果完美應證了該地區肥沃的土壤和有利的地理條件。也因其廣闊平坦的地形,鹿兒島縣在單一產地抹茶生產方面處於全國領先地位,而京都府由於氣候限制,不太允許這樣的生產方式。

 

和JAPAN RAIL CLUB一起探索抹茶的世界

抹茶已經征服了全球觀眾的味蕾抹茶已經征服了全球觀眾的味蕾 | ©PhotoAC

作為日本茶文化的重要象徵,抹茶已經征服了全球觀眾的味蕾。不管是在宇治市體驗茶道級抹茶,還是品嚐以西尾抹茶製成的抹茶甜點,都可以感受到日本抹茶正娓娓訴說著綠茶茶樹栽培的傳統、創新和其中藝術的故事。

 

 

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你知道嗎?日本是世界第二大綠茶生產國,僅次於中國,而靜岡縣的茶就占全國生產量約40%。 一般來說,茶葉會經過蒸、揉和乾燥等過程來製作成飲用茶。採摘後的茶葉會被蒸熟以停止氧化,以保持茶葉的鮮綠色、營養和清新的香氣。

Carissa Loh

抹茶饗宴:日本綠茶探索指南

你知道嗎?日本是世界第二大綠茶生產國,僅次於中國,而靜岡縣的茶就占全國生產量約40%。 一般來說,茶葉會經過蒸、揉和乾燥等過程來製作成飲用茶。採摘後的茶葉會被蒸熟以停止氧化,以保持茶葉的鮮綠色、營養和清新的香氣。

So Much Matcha: An Essential Guide to Green Tea in Japan
Sue Lynn

So Much Matcha: An Essential Guide to Green Tea...

High in anti-oxidants and packed with anti-inflammatory properties, green tea (緑茶) is one of Japan’s most popular beverages and an important part of its culture, and can be found all...

Carissa Loh Culture

So Much Matcha: An Essential Guide to Green Tea...

High in anti-oxidants and packed with anti-inflammatory properties, green tea (緑茶) is one of Japan’s...

製茶故事:京都舞妓之茶本舖
Sue Lynn

製茶故事:京都舞妓之茶本舖

當提到日本的綠茶,大家都知道日本京都是茶文化的中心。 綠茶一開始是在西元9世紀,由幾個佛教僧侶從中國引進到日本的。在日本人的生活中,綠茶已經成為一種有著許多用途而且對人體健康的飲品。 作為日本文化的一部分,抹茶、煎茶和玉露等的綠茶品種也提供了多樣的口味選擇和體驗。例如傳統的日本茶道,不僅喝茶能帶來健康,茶道更成為了日本獨一無二的文化。

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

製茶故事:京都舞妓之茶本舖

當提到日本的綠茶,大家都知道日本京都是茶文化的中心。 綠茶一開始是在西元9世紀,由幾個佛教僧侶從中國引進到日本的。在日本人的生活中,綠茶已經成為一種有著許多用途而且對人體健康的飲品。 作為日本文化的一部分,抹茶、煎茶和玉露等的綠茶品種也提供了多樣的口味選擇和體驗。例如傳統的日本茶道,不僅喝茶能帶來健康,茶道更成為了日本獨一無二的文化。

Maker's Story: Gyokuro Tea from Kyoto by Maikonocha Honpo
Sue Lynn

Maker's Story: Gyokuro Tea from Kyoto by Maikon...

When it comes to green tea from Japan, Kyoto stands as the hub of tea culture. Originally introduced by returning Buddhist monks from their travels in China in the 9th...

Sue Lynn Food

Maker's Story: Gyokuro Tea from Kyoto by Maikon...

When it comes to green tea from Japan, Kyoto stands as the hub of tea...

Maker’s Story: Premium Matcha Products from Uji, Kyoto by Kyoeiseicha
Sue Lynn

Maker’s Story: Premium Matcha Products from Uji...

This May, JAPAN RAIL CLUB celebrates the joy that matcha brings to our lives with the special “So Much Matcha” Omiyage Snack Box. May marks the start of the traditional...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

Maker’s Story: Premium Matcha Products from Uji...

This May, JAPAN RAIL CLUB celebrates the joy that matcha brings to our lives with...

綠之日快樂!一起來探索日本新綠季節中五個不能錯過的景點
Sue Lynn

綠之日快樂!一起來探索日本新綠季節中五個不能錯過的景點

在日本眾多節慶與珍貴傳統之中,有一個特別關於自然崇敬的慶典——綠之日。這個國定假日訂於每年五月四日,見證了日本與自然的深厚連結,也提醒人們欣賞這個70%都是山區的島國上,那些美麗的綠色景觀。

Carissa Loh Culture

綠之日快樂!一起來探索日本新綠季節中五個不能錯過的景點

在日本眾多節慶與珍貴傳統之中,有一個特別關於自然崇敬的慶典——綠之日。這個國定假日訂於每年五月四日,見證了日本與自然的深厚連結,也提醒人們欣賞這個70%都是山區的島國上,那些美麗的綠色景觀。

Happy Greenery Day: 5 Must-Visit Places to Explore During Japan's Shinryoku Season
Sue Lynn

Happy Greenery Day: 5 Must-Visit Places to Expl...

Nestled amongst Japan’s vibrant festivities and cherished traditions lies a celebration rooted in reverence for nature―Midori-no-Hi (みどりの日 Greenery Day). Observed annually on 4 May, this national holiday is a testament...

Carissa Loh Culture

Happy Greenery Day: 5 Must-Visit Places to Expl...

Nestled amongst Japan’s vibrant festivities and cherished traditions lies a celebration rooted in reverence for...

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central Wholesale Market
Sue Lynn

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central...

Hokkaido is Japan’s food paradise as the northernmost part of the country is the top producer of agricultural products and seafood: the vast lands covering Japan’s second largest island and...

Wendy Ng

Fresh From Hokkaido: A Guide to Sapporo Central...

Hokkaido is Japan’s food paradise as the northernmost part of the country is the top...

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of Japan
Sue Lynn

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of ...

Japan is an island nation that has always been known for its stunningly beautiful landscapes but even amongst these, there are three locations that rise above the others and are...

Dawn Sim Nature

Nihon Sankei (日本三景): The Three Scenic Views of ...

Japan is an island nation that has always been known for its stunningly beautiful landscapes...

Japan celebrates Golden Week between April 29 to May 5
Sue Lynn

Golden Week: Exploring Japan's Week-Long Festiv...

What is Golden Week? Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク or 黄金週間 Ogon Shukan), recognised as one of Japan's most prominent and bustling holiday periods, usually spans from late April to early May...

Dawn Sim Culture

Golden Week: Exploring Japan's Week-Long Festiv...

What is Golden Week? Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク or 黄金週間 Ogon Shukan), recognised as one of...

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉
Sue Lynn

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉

賞花的樂趣之一,就是它們轉瞬即逝的特性:花期每季只有幾天,但那短暫幾天卻難忘極了。來看看六種春天當季花卉,以及賞花最佳時機!

Carissa Loh Nature

春暖花開:櫻花之外的六種當季花卉

賞花的樂趣之一,就是它們轉瞬即逝的特性:花期每季只有幾天,但那短暫幾天卻難忘極了。來看看六種春天當季花卉,以及賞花最佳時機!

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Than Sakura
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Tha...

Flowers herald the beginning of spring, and in Japan, no flower is more synonymous with spring than the beloved cherry blossom (桜 sakura). However, other than these pretty, pink blossoms,...

Carissa Loh Nature

Spring Beginnings: 6 Seasonal Flowers Other Tha...

Flowers herald the beginning of spring, and in Japan, no flower is more synonymous with...

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in April and May
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in A...

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are flowers symbolic of spring, often alluded to the promise of a new beginning in many Japanese literature. | Photo by Dawn Sim   A symbol...

Dawn Sim Spring

Spring Beginnings: 7 Things to Do in Japan in A...

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are flowers symbolic of spring, often alluded to the promise of...

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in Japan
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in J...

Spring in Japan is a time for celebration as the season marks new beginnings. Other than the mesmerising cherry blossoms painting the landscape, spring is the best season to experience...

Wendy Ng Food

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Try Spring Foods in J...

Spring in Japan is a time for celebration as the season marks new beginnings. Other...

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festivals in Japan
Sue Lynn

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festival...

Photo by cyesuta (CC BY-SA 2.0)   Spring is a season of new beginnings, bringing with it beautiful flowers, comfortable temperatures, and a time of celebration. While most travellers head...

Carissa Loh Festival

Spring Beginnings: 6 Must-Visit Spring Festival...

Photo by cyesuta (CC BY-SA 2.0)   Spring is a season of new beginnings, bringing...

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in Japan
Sue Lynn

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in ...

Matsue Castle in spring. | Photo by 島根県観光連盟 Japan, a nation celebrated for its rich history and enduring cultural heritage, is particularly famous for its magnificent Japanese castles (お城 oshiro)....

Carissa Loh Culture

Castle Day (6 April): 10 Must-Visit Castles in ...

Matsue Castle in spring. | Photo by 島根県観光連盟 Japan, a nation celebrated for its rich...

Sakura Karinto and Marui Suzuki
Sue Lynn

Maker’s Story: Seasonal Karinto Snacks from Tok...

April marks the official arrival of spring in Japan, and one of the cherished traditions of celebrating this season is to enjoy “ohanami” (お花見)! Ohanami means “flower-viewing”, and this is...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

Maker’s Story: Seasonal Karinto Snacks from Tok...

April marks the official arrival of spring in Japan, and one of the cherished traditions...

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Northeast Japan
Sue Lynn

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blosso...

Hirosaki Castle Park | Photo by Aomori Prefecture Cherry blossoms or sakura (桜) herald the start of springtime in Japan. Spring is the prettiest and most enjoyable season with radiant...

Wendy Ng Spring

A Guide to Sakura in Tohoku: Best Cherry Blosso...

Hirosaki Castle Park | Photo by Aomori Prefecture Cherry blossoms or sakura (桜) herald the...

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of Shochu Distilleries in Miyazaki
Sue Lynn

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of S...

Shochu (焼酎) is one of the most consumed alcoholic beverages in Japan and the Japanese drink more shochu than sake. Considered to be Japan's national spirit, Shochu is gaining great...

Wendy Ng

A Guide to Japanese Shochu: A Tasting Tour of S...

Shochu (焼酎) is one of the most consumed alcoholic beverages in Japan and the Japanese...

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultural Icons
Sue Lynn

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultura...

Statues of the Namahage located in Oga Peninsula. | Photo by PhotoAC Steeped in tradition, Tohoku (東北), the northeastern part of Japan comprising of six prefectures – Aomori (青森), Akita...

Dawn Sim Culture

Tohoku: A Tale of Tradition through its Cultura...

Statues of the Namahage located in Oga Peninsula. | Photo by PhotoAC Steeped in tradition,...

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from Northeast Japan
Sue Lynn

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from North...

Japan is a food paradise and beyond the major cities and well-trodden travel routes, you can unearth more culinary treasures spread throughout the country if you venture into the less...

Wendy Ng Food

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Try Food from North...

Japan is a food paradise and beyond the major cities and well-trodden travel routes, you...

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots in Tokyo for Ohanami
Sue Lynn

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots ...

If you have visited Tokyo between late March and early April, then chances are you have witnessed the enchanting sight of cherry blossoms (桜 sakura) in full bloom. A cherry...

Carissa Loh Culture

Sakura 2024: 5 Must-Visit Cherry Blossom Spots ...

If you have visited Tokyo between late March and early April, then chances are you...

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from Tohoku
Sue Lynn

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from ...

Located on the north-eastern part of mainland Japan, Tohoku (東北) is made up of six prefectures, and is a treasure trove of beautiful nature and fascinating history. It’s a wonderful...

Carissa Loh Food

Tasty Tohoku Treats: 6 Must-Buy Souvenirs from ...

Located on the north-eastern part of mainland Japan, Tohoku (東北) is made up of six...

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souvenir & Gift-Giving Culture
Sue Lynn

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souven...

Have you heard of omiyage (お土産)? If you’ve been to Japan, then you have probably seen the colourful and beautifully packaged boxes of local confectionery filling the gift shops along...

Carissa Loh Culture

Omiyage Day (8 March): Exploring Japan's Souven...

Have you heard of omiyage (お土産)? If you’ve been to Japan, then you have probably...

March Maker's Story: Hand-grilled Rice Crackers from Akita by Kanaeya
Sue Lynn

March Maker's Story: Hand-grilled Rice Crackers...

The Tohoku Region is home to some of Japan’s best untouched nature. Take Akita as an example, a prefecture where lush landscapes meet premium rice fields. Renowned for its exceptional...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

March Maker's Story: Hand-grilled Rice Crackers...

The Tohoku Region is home to some of Japan’s best untouched nature. Take Akita as...

March Maker’s Story: Obuse Chestnut Snacks from Takachiho (Winner of JR East Omiyage Grand Prix 2023 - Koshin’etsu Area Prize)
Sue Lynn

March Maker’s Story: Obuse Chestnut Snacks from...

If you have been to Japan, you will understand the universal struggle of finding the perfect souvenir or omiyage (お土産) to bring home for your loved ones and colleagues. While...

Sue Lynn Maker's Story

March Maker’s Story: Obuse Chestnut Snacks from...

If you have been to Japan, you will understand the universal struggle of finding the...

Hina Matsuri (3 March): Japan’s Spring Festival Celebrating Girls’ Day
Sue Lynn

Hina Matsuri (3 March): Japan’s Spring Festival...

Displaying exquisitely made hina-ningyo dressed in traditional Heian attire is the main activity associated with the Hina Matsuri | ©photoAC Have you ever heard of Japan’s Hina Matsuri (雛祭)? Otherwise known...

Dawn Sim Culture

Hina Matsuri (3 March): Japan’s Spring Festival...

Displaying exquisitely made hina-ningyo dressed in traditional Heian attire is the main activity associated with the...

Inspired by Izu: Exploring Izu Peninsula Through The Eyes of Japanese Writers
Sue Lynn

Inspired by Izu: Exploring Izu Peninsula Throug...

If you are a fan of Japanese literature, take a walk in the footsteps of literary giants and look no further than Izu Peninsula (伊豆半島), which lies just about 1-2...

Dawn Sim Travel

Inspired by Izu: Exploring Izu Peninsula Throug...

If you are a fan of Japanese literature, take a walk in the footsteps of...

Mount Fuji with tea plantation in the foreground
Sue Lynn

Mount Fuji Day (23 February): 5 Ways to Enjoy J...

Standing at 3,776m above sea level, the almost perfectly symmetrical Mount Fuji (富士山 Fujisan) is Japan’s highest mountain, and has become a symbol of the country, recognised worldwide for its...

Carissa Loh Travel

Mount Fuji Day (23 February): 5 Ways to Enjoy J...

Standing at 3,776m above sea level, the almost perfectly symmetrical Mount Fuji (富士山 Fujisan) is...

Happy Cat Day (22 February): 5 Cat Islands in Japan to Meet Feline Friends
Sue Lynn

Happy Cat Day (22 February): 5 Cat Islands in J...

Are you a cat (猫 neko) lover? If you’ve been to Japan, you might have noticed how beloved cats are over there. Think maneki-neko (招き猫) cat figurines that beckon luck,...

Carissa Loh Culture

Happy Cat Day (22 February): 5 Cat Islands in J...

Are you a cat (猫 neko) lover? If you’ve been to Japan, you might have...

In the Mood for Love: Romancing on Valentine’s Day in Japan
Sue Lynn

In the Mood for Love: Romancing on Valentine’s ...

Love is in the air in February with Valentine’s Day! On 14 February, Valentine’s Day is universally celebrated across the globe where presents like chocolates, candies, and flowers are gifted...

Wendy Ng Culture

In the Mood for Love: Romancing on Valentine’s ...

Love is in the air in February with Valentine’s Day! On 14 February, Valentine’s Day...

Romance Izu in the Air: 5 Romantic Spots in the Izu Peninsula
Sue Lynn

Romance Izu in the Air: 5 Romantic Spots in the...

With so many captivating attractions, you can spend days exploring the Izu Peninsula with your loved one, but where to start? Here are our top five picks for romantic dating...

Carissa Loh Travel

Romance Izu in the Air: 5 Romantic Spots in the...

With so many captivating attractions, you can spend days exploring the Izu Peninsula with your...

A Side Trip to Saitama: Discovering “Little Edo”, Cafes, and the Railway Museum
Sue Lynn

A Side Trip to Saitama: Discovering “Little Edo...

Located just about half an hour north of Central Tokyo, Ōmiya Station (大宮駅 Ōmiya-eki) is the gateway to the neighbouring Saitama Prefecture (埼玉県). It is also a stop on more...

JAPANKURU Travel

A Side Trip to Saitama: Discovering “Little Edo...

Located just about half an hour north of Central Tokyo, Ōmiya Station (大宮駅 Ōmiya-eki) is...