Category Archives: Japan

Traditional Japanese Table Setting and Manners

Traditional Japanese Table Setting. Japanese Table Manners

Over the centuries, there has been a variation in the traditional table settings of the Japanese; this is partly caused by the dining table types utilized in different times or periods. Early in history, hazoken were box-shaped small tables that were used. Each individual had trays or hazoken on the ground. Later on, tables with […]

Best Chabudai Table – The traditional Japanese low table reviews

Best Chabudai Table – The traditional Japanese low table reviews

The chabudai is one major piece of furniture found in most traditional Japanese homes, be it a tea or low dining table. Most times, these tables come with a height of 15 inches, and this is because, most times, they are used on tatami mats in combination with floor cushions and chairs, or zabuton and […]


Although it no longer has the word “prefecture” in it’s name, the Tokyo Metropolis (東京都; Tokyo-to) is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and is part of the Kanto Region (関東地方; Kanto-chiho) on Honshu, the main island of Japan. While most people think of Tokyo as a city, it’s actually not. In the 1940s they merged what was then considered Tokyo City […]


Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the busy Yamanote Line in Tokyo, Japan. People often joke about the crowdedness of Tokyo trains. There are all these visions of people being pushed on by conductors and the so-called “train pushers”. While that does still happen on […]