Forgetting-the-year party: the tradition of bonenkai

As the end of the year approaches, people often feel the need to reflect on the achievements but also  the trials and tribulations of the old year: what did I do wrong? What did I do right? Has this been a successful year? Have I grown as a person? Have I grown professionally? A lot […]

Life beyond green tea– Japanese coffee culture

Japanese people drink tea. Black tea, green tea, hot or cold tea. They consume the freshly brewed drink from special cups and kettles, paying attention to the right temperature and preparation method, and it is all represented in a certain, mystical happening called the tea ceremony. Or at least I had this stereotypical idea of […]