Category Culture

Japan New Year

New Year, 正月 shogatsu, is the most important holiday in Japan. Most businesses shut down from January 1 to January 3, and families typically gather to spend the days together. Every year is an other year, which means that the years ars completely separate. Every year begins with a fresh start. So they have bonenkai parties with the purpose of leaving the old year’s worries and troubles behind. Homes and entrance gates are decorated with ornaments. On New Year’s eve toshikoshi soba, symbolizing longevity, are served.

January 1 is a very favourable day, best started by viewing the new year’s first sunrise, and traditionally believed to be representative for the whole year that has just commenced...

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Cooking Cooking | Let’s make some kimbap!

And the first episode of Cooking Cooking is a fact!

Hi everyone!

Cooking Cooking is a show that gets us to try out recipes or make our own recipes and share it with you. We might fail, or we might succeed, that’s why it is called Cooking Cooking!

So we made kimbap for the first time! It went well, kinda. Let’s blame the minute rice we used instead of short-grain white rice, so you better use that!

We didn’t really have any measurements for everything that we put in our kimbap, so I will just list what we used.

For the herring roll:
-Herring (Haring)

-ham (doesn’t matter what kind and if you use it or not)

and for dessert!
-syrupwaffel (stroopwafel)
-hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles)

And d...

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Korean New Year

Korean celebrate two New Year’s Days. One at the start of the year on the Lunar calendar (Sonal) and the New Years day we know, which start on the first day of the solar calender (January 1st). But the Lunar New Year is one of the most important Korean holiday on the calendar.

New year’s days are family holidays. The Solar New Year’s Day is more traditionally celebrated with friends. The Lunar New Years day is a three-day event. Most people try to return to their family homes to spend time with and to honor ancestors. If family members are not all gathering in one place, then it also customary for the younger generations to visit older uncles, aunts, and relatives that live close enough and give well wishes for the New Year...

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Cooking Cooking [Christmas Edition with Elke]

If you have been in South Korea before, you may have noticed that most cafes offer a treat on the menu that looks a lot like toast. If toast would be served with a lot of whipped cream and fruit that is. They call it honey bread (허니 브레드) and it is super tasty.

Because we can’t stay in Korea all the time and buy this lovely treat, we decided to bring bread – well, -the Korean kind at least – to the Netherlands and share the recipe with you so you can make it at home!



For the honey bread itself

*sliced sandwich bread
*clear honey
*softened unsalted butter
*5-6 marshmallows (depending on size)

Used as topping

*stewed pear slices
*whipped cream

In honor of the Christmas season we added some festive toppings in this recipe, but you can vary these endless...

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Japan Markt Leiden

On the 15th of May, the Japan market was in Leiden! I went there with my mom, who also likes the Japanese culture.
At that time we had to take the bus because of the maintenance of the railways around Utrecht. After a long trip we finally arrived in Leiden. It was very funny to see all the people who were planning to go to the market. You could see by their appearence who was going.



The market was very long and had very different stands. Anime, food, cultural and more. It was very busy when we were there, but I visited all of the stands. I especially liked the stand with second hand stuff. They were going to donate most of the money for the tsunami and the earthquake which made it even more convincing to buy from them.

I think, if you love the culture of Japan, you would a...

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Studying in South-Korea

It’s been a long time coming, as you asked all the questions a while back, but here it is!
Natasja from Hallyucon answered your questions regarding studying in Korea.

How much is the tuition? And what class do they offer?

If you go on exchange, your tuition is the same as what you pay to your home institute. You do not become a real registered student in Korea, you are only on exchange and remain a student of your home institute (school in the Netherlands). This means, you pay tuition here, and not there.

For language courses, there is separate tuition. This differs per school, so you’d have to check their websites. Often you can pay for either a full year or half a year.

For classes, they offer different things per university...

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Charlotte’s review: Geek in Japan

As we know, Japan isn’t all about manga and anime. But most of us don’t know or just don’t want to know more about the culture of Japan. But, if you want to learn more, Geek in Japan is a good book. It talks about a anime culture, work culture, food and a lot more. It isn’t a guidebook that you could take with you in Japan, but more of a culture guide book for us otaku’s. It’s written for the people who grew up with Pokemon, manga and videogames, better to say, us internet users who wants to learn more about the culture and hopefully travel there one day.


Geek in Japan

In the beginning the book discusses the history of Japan briefly...

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Pocky and Pepero

Valentine’s day is over and you’ve got some pocky from your loved ones ( or you bought it for yourself). You look at it and think: ‘Where is it even coming from? And what is the difference between Pepero and Pocky?’

Pocky new package
‘Sukky’ comes from ‘suki’ which means love and pocky.  But for us forneigers, it’s quite funny.

And what is the history of pocky? And pepero?

Well if you keep reading you will know!

The orginal chocolate covered biscuit was first sold in 1966. The name ‘Pocky’ comes from the sound that you make when you eat it, which is pokkin. In 1976 the original was followed by the (all mighty) almond coating, and in 1977 the strawberry coating came out. Nowadays you have all sorts of flavors like milk, mouse, matcha (green tea), honey, cookies and cream, and many more flavors...

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14 days’s in South Korea

The 14th of every month is a holiday in South Korea. This is quite ironic, as it is a number to be feared in Asia; the word for four is the same as the word for death. Most of these days are for couples to celebrate their love. We made a list for you!

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 January 14th: Diary Day / Candle Day

Blank diaries are given as gifts among couples and friends. Anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions are recorded into the brand new journals. Most of these diaries have funny Konglish text on them. Also, some celebrate  Candle Day and give and receive decorative candles.

 February 14th: Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in South Korea much like it is in the West, except for one main difference: Only the women give gifts; men are off the hook in February.

 March 14t...

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14’s of the month in Korea

Today it’s the 14th of december which means it’s Hugday! But what do you on this day exactly? Well every month has it’s own special 14h day. So today we are going to talk about the 14th day and what you surpose to do on this day!

January 14th : Diary Day / Candle Day

Blank diaries are given as a gift among the couples and, ofcourse, friends. In the brand new journals, the anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions are recorded. Also, these journals are covered with Konglish phrases. Some also celebrate this day as Candle Day and give and recieve decorative candles.


February 14th: Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in South Korea much like it is in the West, except for one main difference. Only the women give the men ( or other friends ) chocolates.

March 14th: W...

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