What Does Sakura Mean to Japan?

Sakura is the Japanese word for cherry blossoms, the small, delicate, pink flowers seen during spring. Cherry blossoms are known as the flower of spring, and have become special flowers showing that spring is officially here.

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A plate of karaage, or Japanese fried chicken, with some lemon on the side.

Karaage: The Story of Japanese Fried Chicken

Karaage, also known as Japanese fried is golden, juicy and crispy. It comes in many varieties from all over Japan, and utilizes many different flavors. Let’s learn more about karaage’s origins, and its worldwide fame.

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An imposing red gate torii gate, reflective of shinto in Japan.

The Ultimate Guide to Shinto in Japan

Shinto is based on beliefs in the supernatural and nature itself. Its beliefs of purity, respect for the cycle of life, and “the way of the Gods” underline every aspect of traditional and modern Japanese culture. 

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