Have you heard of the Victoria Falls before?

The fact that I am Half Zambian and Half Japanese, I would like to share my Zambian heritage with you. Whenever we are asked, do you the most famous waterfall? What is the first answer that come to head? Is it the Niagara Falls? Well actually, it is not. Have you every heard of the Victoria falls before? First of all,  the Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, the fourth largest river in Africa, which is also defining the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Victoria Falls is the ONLY waterfall in the world with a length of more than a kilometer and a height of more than hundred meters. […]

If tomorrow wasn’t a promise, what would you do today.

Good evening everybody! Just a few more hours until we say goodbye to 2015 and welcome 2016! How was your year 2015? I bet you had a mixture of happy moments, sad moments and some moments you may have regretted.  As we approach the end of the year, I would like to ask all of you, this year,  what is that one thing  that you really wanted to do or that one thing that you really wanted to say but for some reason you just didn’t have the guts to do. My motivator asked me that, If tomorrow wasn’t a promise, what would you do for today. When I heard this, […]

The Sake Culture of Japan

For those of you who are currently staying in Japan or currently living abroad and have an interest in the Japanese Culture, you must be wondering what the Japanese people do during the New Year. To be honest , there are a number of activities that Japanese engage during the New Year. But among all the activities, I would like to introduce to O-toso (Spiced New Year Sake), which first originated in China. New Year in Japan or commonly known as  o-shogatsu, is the biggest national holiday and celebration. The O-toso ceremonial involves drinking of  sake that is mixed with a blend of herbs. The mixture of herbs is said to […]

Have you heard of (かいろ)/POCKET HEATER

The summer days are over and winter has come once again. For the next 3 or 4 months, Japan will get colder and keeping your self when you go outside would be a challenging. They say that people with cold hands have warm hearts. Seriously?? I beg to differ.  I believe having a warm body or warm hands will enable you to spread the love and the warmth during the cold season. For those of you who have cold hands or get cold quickly, Japanese sells KAIRO ( or pocket heater ). Kairo are small pouches or sachets that contain chemicals ( tiny stone-like materials ), that heat up when exposed […]

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

Lets be real people. When was the last time you did something for the first time? In life, as we get older, we tend to stick to things, activities or people that are familiar to us. In short, most people these days have decided to become comfortable with their situation and not strive for more. To be honest, such people are not living life to its fullest. I would like to advice all of you about the type of mentality you should have and develop to enable you to reveal a better version of yourself. The first and most important thing that one should remember each and everyday is this.Try […]

青汁 ( AOIJIRU )

青汁( AOIJIRU ) is a Japanese vegetable drink that is made from KALE.  Kale is  also known as green drink or green juice in English, a direct translation of the Japanese meaning. Aojiru an herbal drink in Japan and consists of combining kale and other mean green ingredients such as Komatsuna ( a leaf Japanese mustard spinach ), that is drank to prolong one life.  Aojiru is a good source of dietary fiber that would prevent constipation as well as increase your metabolism, give you beautiful, smooth looking skin, and increase your immunity in your body. So for those of you who would like to live long, healthy and lose some weight,  I would recommend drinking this! […]

What is the difference between soba & udon?

Have you ever wondered what the difference between soba and udon is? Before explaining this, one should know what the word ( NOODLES ) mean. Noodles made from dough which is stretched, flattened and cut into a variety of shapes, but it is more common to serve and eat many noodles at once, and thus more common to see the plural form of the word. Udon and Soba are typical Japanese noodles and are a part of the  Japanese diet and life style. Udon noodles are made out of white flour, and in terms of appearance Udon is a thick whitish noodle and soft. On the other hand, Soba noodles appear grey or brown color and are made […]

Have you every heard of Shichimi (七味) before?

In most foreign countries whenever some one asks for chili to add for their meals or cooking, we tend to think of the green or red type of chili pepper right? Well in Japan, we have a special type of chili that contains a mixture of SEVEN ( 七 ) ingredients, in short Shichimi basically means SEVEN CHILI FLAVORS. Shichimi contains,  Sea weed, Coarsely ground red chili pepper, Ground Ginger, Grounded Japanese Pepper, Hemp seed, white & black sesame seeds, and Roasted orange peel. How cool is that! When it was first produced in the 17th century, it was first used for medical purposes then later sold as a herb […]

Japanese Energy Drinks ( Does it really work or is it bad for your health )

Japanese Energy Drinks ( Does it really work or is it bad for your health )

What are energy drinks?  Energy drinks are drinks that contain large doses of caffeine and other legal stimulants. We have now entered a generation where energy drinks have become so popular among  Japanese teenagers and young adults.  Japan has become a really busy and active society. Working hours tend to be long and  Japanese people depend on coffee or energy drinks that both contain caffeine to start their day. Caffeine stimulates your nervous system, giving you energy and causes you to feel more alert  of your surroundings and gives you that extra energy if you have had lack of sleep. Unfortunately, the effects of caffeine wear off after a few hours. The […]

Hello everybody ! Self Introduction ( Half Zambian & Half Japanese )

Hello everybody ! Self Introduction ( Half Zambian & Half Japanese )

Hello everybody! My name is Chipa Mwenya, the Sakura House Sales and Resident Relations staff/ African community co-ordinator INTRODUCTION I am half Zambian and half Japanese. I was born and raised in Zambia. I moved to Japan in 2009, September, to pursue my Bachelor`s Degree in Architecture and to discover more about my Japanese roots. When I came to Japan in 2009, I enrolled in an Intensive Language Japanese Program for a year to brush up on my Japanese grammar and learn how to speak more. After that, I enrolled into the Department of Architecture at Tokai University. Actually, I had a hard time deciding on which department to enroll in because, […]