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The cool taste of Summer

Oh, sweet! Summertime in Japan can get fairly hot and humid. So, many people will often turn to chilled seasonal foods to help cool themselves down and even whet their appetite. And there are certai...

  • Say It with Tomatoes

    Designer and producer Michiyo Koyama adds an unusual, colourful twist to standard bouquets—by using fresh vegetables and other edible plants instead. You may be familiar with floral garlands and fr...

  • Slurp Some Soupy Goodness

    Fancy duck or snapper-based ramen? Check out some of the latest ramen flavours around at these noodle hot spots. [caption id="attachment_4537" align="alignnone" width="770"] Left: Men-Men Tei / Cen...

  • Only the best and freshest

    “Although Corner House offers a French-based menu, I’m also inspired by the ingredients that are available and the places I’ve travelled to. When I first visited Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market years ago, I wa...

  • Celebrating Family with Dance

    Take a closer look at one of Japan’s most important customs, the Obon summer festival. Ah, summer in Japan! When the long school holidays come around and workers go on vacation, the season is r...

  • Shiga Souvenirs

    Take home a piece of Shiga with you. ...

  • History walkabout in Shiga

    Take a stroll through Shiga’s past, with its many interesting historical sites, some dating as far back as more than 1,900 years. >>Read more about Shiga shigts...

  • A Very Shiga Feast

    You’ll never go hungry in Shiga Prefecture, not with so much good food available! ...

  • Experience the Spirit of Shiga

    Shiga Prefecture, located in the heart of Japan, has the distinct honour of being home to the largest lake in Japan. Lake Biwa, which covers 670 square kilometers (about one-sixth of the entire prefec...

  • Land of Plenty

    To the people of Shiga Prefecture, Lake Biwa is known as the Mother Lake. The enormous lake—which spans 670.4 square kilometres—provides locals with a profusion of fish, but its fresh, clear water als...

  • Sightseeing in Shiga

    While Lake Biwa is the main draw for visitors to Shiga Prefecture, there is plenty more to see and do. >>Read more about Shiga historical places...

  • Rice is Nice

    Onigiri, or rice balls, is a popular comfort food in Japan. Cooking instructor Sonia Phua from ABC Cooking School explains how to make a traditional triangle-shaped onigiri. “Onigiri, or rice b...

  • Shime like a Star

    Parfaits are eaten all over Japan and are very popular for their decadent toppings and elaborate designs. But this iconic frozen dessert is growing in popularity across Japan thanks to a cool new tren...