TENOHA & | WORKSHOP: Masking Colors with Mascottie's Shunya Sugawara

Do you know Masking Colors? It is a very special Japanese paint: it can be removed and applied again to another area. Surely it is something fun for both adults and children, who can use it without problems, being water-based.

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Once again, at TENOHA Milano you can have a special experience! You can try this paint in a special workshop by Shunya Sugawara, Japanese graphic designer and creator of kawaii characters "Mascottie". With this workshop, you can make your own advent calendar with MASKING COLORS products. What are you waiting for? other than booking your place in the workshop In collaboration with Masking Colors + Mascottie on: https://www.tenoha.it/

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When: November 2nd
Where: &|WORK -  TENOHA MILANO — Via Vigevano, 18, 20144 Milano
Time: 15.00 – 17.00
Cost: 5€
Pax: 10
Kids over 8 years old are allowed

Notes: Workshop in English with Italian translator - Product available for purchase in TENOHA &|SHOP

More information: https://www.tenoha.it/


Have you ever heard of SHIBORI? TENOHA Milano has once again decided to amaze us and give us an even more unique occasion.

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It is a real art that allows you to decorate thanks to threads, folds, elastics, and pieces of wood. We are sure that most of the passionate people of Japan have heard of this technique, but even for newbies, it is a great opportunity!

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Imagination, a unique gift that we can use to express ourselves. You have the opportunity to do so because TENOHA MILANO always has Japanese tradition at heart and wants to make it known to as many people as possible. In addition, as always, it offers important moments that you could not live without taking a plane.

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AKI TAKESHITA, born in Kyoto in 1983, graduated in Textile Design at Tama Art University in Tokyo, then specialized in Shibori with master classes. He will be the one to teach you the magic of SHIBORI in the special TENOHA Milano workshop! Let yourself be carried away by this magical art!


When: October 26th
Where: &|WORK -  TENOHA MILANO — Via Vigevano, 18, 20144 Milano
Cost: 55€
Time: 15:00-18:00
Pax: 15 persone

More info: https://www.tenoha.it/

TENOHA & | TASTE – NORI • NORI APERITIF: ARTE SU MARTE The solitude of the nebulae

The solitude of the nebulae is the set of galaxies. And what the highest representation of the Galaxy is? Woman, of course. For this reason, at the special aperitif Nori • Nori on Thursday, TENOHA MILANO will have the opportunity to tell the public about the universe of five female artists. An innovative content together with the special aperitif that, by now you know, can only be found here at TENOHA.


Exposition of the 5 Galaxies:

SARA PAROLINI: https://www.instagram.com/notoneline_art/?hl=it

LARA MONTRESOR: https://www.instagram.com/laramontresor/?hl=it

DANILA DE SANTIS: https://www.instagram.com/danila_desantis/?hl=it

PAOLA SANARICO: https://www.instagram.com/loque_notedigo/?hl=it

MAYA PEROTTI: https://www.instagram.com/mayaperotti/?hl=it

And more! You know that TENOHA MILANO always looks for new artists and new worlds! There will be white canvases available for anyone wishing to unleash and show off their art! We are waiting for you, artists and not, as long as you have something really special to tell us! We are obviously there and you can't miss it for any reason!


THURSDAY 17 October 2019 | Hours 18.00 - 23.00


Via Vigevano 18, 20144 Milan


12 € Drink + Buffet & Nori Maki

More info:

TENOHA & | TASTE – Hakken Menu the return, episode 5 & 6

Here we are again to explore new horizons of our trip to Japan! TENOHA Milano offers us new surprises with the 5th and 6th steps of the Hakken Menu!

#5 Toriten & Udon

14 Oct ~ 27 Oct Toriten + Udon - Oita Prefecture

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Oita is located in the Kyushu region. One of the most famous dishes is the Toriten with the Udon and TENOHA offers you just that as the new HAKKEN menu!

Chicken tempura accompanied by Udon in broth with vegetables and egg.

#6 28 Oct ~ 10 Nov Sukiyaki Don

October 28 ~ November 10: Sukiyaki Don - Kanagawa Prefecture

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Kanagawa Prefecture is located in the Kanto region. From 1868 foreigners began to meet Japan from Port Yokohama and the culture of eating beef spread.
This is why TENOHA Milan has chosen Sukiyaki and is one of the most famous Japanese dishes in the world!

SUKIYAKI DON: Bowl of rice with Sukiyaki (beef, mixed vegetables, shiitake mushrooms, tofu in Sukiyaki sauce) poached eggs and kobachi.


The new traditional Japanese dishes and another step in the journey through the prefectures of Japan are waiting for you! We are all at TENOHA in via Vigevano 18, Milan!
And don't forget the stamp collection! If you arrive at 6 Hakken you can have a special gift... Who will discover the TENOHA Milan gift? We are all in the game!


Further information: https://www.tenoha.it/taste/hakken-continue-2/
Cost: 16,00 €

Via Vigevano, 18, 20144 Milano


9 must-see cities in Japan

I always thought that making a list of the beauties of Japan was a bold venture. In fact, we are talking about a truly marvelous country, where every corner has a reason for being beautiful and every city has its importance.

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Despite this, however, many travelers ask us for advice on what to see, what not to miss, and we don't want to disappoint them! We will try to list 9 must-see cities, 9 essential stages to get back home with unforgettable memories.


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Chaotic, elegant, electrifying, ancient, vital, to be discovered over and over again, Tokyo is a metropolis in constant evolution, the world capital of technological development. Its neighborhoods are essential destinations for those facing a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun for the first time. Here we find Shibuya with the most transited crossing in the world and the square dedicated to the famous Hachiko dog.

We cannot forget the cosmopolitan Shinjuku and Ginza, realms of shopping and luxury. We then continue on the artificial island of Odaiba with the extraordinary European reconstructions. We then move on to Asakusa which seems to turn back to the past and to tradition. Akihabara the undisputed realm of modernity and technology, Roppongi realm of entertainment. The famous Bunkyo district where the Tokyo dome is located and an area of ​​prestigious universities. To finish with Shinagawa, Tokyo's business center and the curious and extravagant Harajuku. Present and past, excesses and traditions mix in a huge city that you will want to visit all the time!



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A pioneering city, Sapporo was built on the basis of a rectangular North American style street system with linearly named and numbered streets. Capital of Hokkaido and Japan's fifth-largest city, Sapporo offers numerous parks whose visit is really recommended! Also, this beautiful city is famous for its ramen, beer and the annual snow festival held in February.



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As the ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto has an unparalleled charm thanks to its many Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. Not to mention gardens, imperial palaces, traditional houses built entirely of wood and the Geisha district in Gion. Rich in traditions, visiting Kyoto is essential for a dip in ancient Japan capable of conquering anyone who sets foot in it!


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2000 years of history for this city that rises to the north of the Kyushu coast. A dynamic and ever-expanding metropolis, Fukuoka was born from the union of two cities: the homonymous and Hakata. Today it is still possible to hear about Hakata referring to Fukuoka! The ancient temples, the marvelous beaches and the numerous shopping centers make Fukuoka an essential destination for travelers. This place is also perfect for fans of traditional yatai (outdoor food stalls) that are found every night in Nakasu and Tenjin and whose typical dish is Hakata Ramen: superlative!



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Capital of good food, Osaka was the commercial center of Japan, preserving today its important role as a major industrial and port district. Not only that, Osaka is loved by visitors thanks to the rich nightlife it offers. Furthermore, we cannot forget the variety of street foods one can come across when strolling through the lively Doutonbori district. Moreover, it is possible to enjoy its architecture and the 16th century Osaka Castle, its symbol par excellence.



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Here we come to the town with the greatest number of treasures dating back to the 8th century. Famous for the deer living free in the park, Nara is the cradle of Japanese art, literature and culture. Among all the wonderful temples, that of Todaiji is the most loved by visitors because it is the one that contains the Daibutsu-den the largest wooden building in the world containing the bronze statue of the Great Buddha, 15m high.


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We talked about Nagasaki for a long time in our blog and it is absolutely among the 9 cities to visit not only for the sad memory tied to the past but for all its wonders. There is a particular event that deserves our attention: the celebrations of the ancient lunar new year, now commonly called "Lantern Festival". Every year over 15,000 lanterns are lit and placed in various parts of the city, dances, exhibitions and shows of various kinds fill the heart and eyes leaving that wonderful sensation of satiety.


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The capital of Okinawa, Naha has an unusual Japan. Much more similar to tropical atmospheres, here the rhythms are relaxed and the traditions stand alone. Along the Kokusai Dori you will come across shops, restaurants, souvenir shops, cafes, lively hotels and you can also reach the Makishi market where the particular Okinawan cuisine finds its full identity.


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The birthplace of Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Nagoya embodies the economic dynamism of the Rising Sun. This city is rich in industrial museums, shopping centers and the Mei-eki, the immense railway station. The Castle, the television tower, the Atsuta Horaiken Honten and, for car enthusiasts, the Toyota Automobile Museum are just some of the tips we give you not to lose at any cost!

We stopped at 9 cities, but in reality, we could have listed 15, 20, even 25! There are so many in my heart, but to discover them you just need to follow us on this long journey. Little by little, we will really take you everywhere so get ready and run to the next stop!

TENOHA & | TASTE – Tsukimi, celebration of the full moon

What does O-Tsukimi (お月見) mean? Something magical: "to admire the full moon". TENOHA Milano celebrates the arrival of autumn in a special way, with a weekend dedicated to the typical flavors of this festival.


Saturday 12 October TENOHA proposes as always a very welcome surprise: it will be possible to participate in a workshop curated by Annalise Calas of Telier Lili. Participants will be able to create the traditional and very personal Chōchin 提灯 lanterns, a symbol of celebration.

The O-TSUKIMI is the feast of the full moon of autumn and is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Japanese lunar calendar.
During the full moon of the eighth month, the most beautiful of the year, the nobles gathered to celebrate and admire the beauty of the full moon, composing music and verses of tanka poetry.

Today the traditions have changed, but not that much. This festival is celebrated by offering the moon the famous tsukimi-dango (月見団子), rice cakes whose shape resembles that of a full moon. For this occasion, "dedicated" dishes are also consumed, such as the Tsukimi soba or udon.

The full moon celebrations cannot go unnoticed and if you are in Japan it is a romantic occasion not to be missed. And what if you are here in Italy? Well, as always TENOHA will let you live the Japanese atmosphere! Are you ready this time to experience the magic of the Rising Sun?

We are here, we are waiting for you at TENOHA!

When and where

When: 11, 12, 13 October 2019
Workshop: saturday 12 October 2019, Workshop Chōchin 提灯 | BOOK NOW


Tsukimi Aperitivo

When: 11, 12, 13 October 2019 - from 18.00 to 21:00
Cost: 12€
Specials: Show cooking NORI MAKI, Special Tsukimi Buffet, Special Asahi & Tsukimi Drink
Where: TENOHA MILANO, Via Vigevano, 18, 20144 Milano
Powered by: Asahi Super Dry

Info & booking

(+39) 02 8088 9868

For more information: www.tenoha.it

Fuji-san, the sacred mountain of Japan

My heart is extremely connected to Mount Fuji (富士山). I don't know exactly why, but I know I can't stop getting thrilled when I see him.


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Spiritual beauty

Higher than 3700 meters, Mount Fuji is a perfectly symmetrical volcano. Listed among the 3 sacred mountains (三霊山) of all Japan and recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage.
This impressive wonder rises between the prefectures of Shizuoka and Yamanashi, near the Pacific Ocean coast of the island of Honshu, between Hamamatsu and Tokyo.
Mount Fuji was feared and respected since the Heian period. Being a volcano, it was considered a real divinity, so much so that it possessed a very high number of sanctuaries (the sanctuaries of Asama) and became the training ground for samurai. In 664 his climb was first performed by a monk and was forbidden to women until the ban was lifted in 1872. In fact in 1868 during the Meiji period, Lady Fanny Parkes, wife of the British ambassador, began the climb proving that the Gods would not have unleashed any revenge.

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The 5 Lakes Region

Mount Fuji is surrounded by 5 lakes, each one of them special.
Lake Kawaguchi (河口湖) is in the center of the region and the north face of the mountain is reflected on its surface like a mirror. Lake Yamanaka (中 中 湖), the largest of the five and located on the highest point is full of shops, restaurants and quiet bed & breakfasts where you can spend the night. The small and mysterious Sai (西湖) lake is what surrounds Jukai, the forest of Aokigahara. Lake Shōji (精進 湖), the smallest of the lakes, is the one that offers the most suggestive view of the mountain. And finally, Lake Motosu (本栖湖), the deepest and least touristy, is the one whose exceptional view on the Fuji-san is represented on the 1,000 yen banknotes.
Of course, all the lakes, except the Shōji, are navigable. Indeed, it is possible to take splendid cruises that allow you to admire the lush nature and peace under the watchful eye of the Sacred Mount.

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Climbing Mount Fuji: a challenge of love!

I don't know if it ever happened to you, probably not everyone is as crazy as I am, but I have often say "for you I am ready to climb Mount Fuji"! And doing it is not so impossible after all, in fact, it is even open to children and the elderly! In the months of July and August you can reach the so-called "Fifth Station" with the Fuji Subaru bus in the early afternoon, stop in a shelter (bookable with a lot of advance) and reach the summit before dawn to see the Sun rising.
From the fifth station you can find the paths to choose to reach the top. The Kawaguchiko - Yoshida-guchi trail is the most popular and traditional one. The Gotemba-guchi path is the longest and most difficult, the Path of Fujinomiya-guchi or Mishima-guchi, the shortest but also least fascinating. And finally, the path of Subashiri-guchi that joins the eighth station with that of Yoshida-guchi. The average journey time varies between 5/8 hours of ascent and 3/4 hours of descent.

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All the information to undertake this extraordinary adventure is available on the official website. I made a promise, so sooner or later I'll climb the Fujisama, and you?

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Etiquette in Japan, what to do and not to do in the land of the Rising Sun

I am deeply influenced by my love for Japan, but I am convinced that in all the countries of the world there should be rules of conduct followed by the entire population as inherent in their mind.


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The Rising Sun manages to maintain impeccable behavior within its borders. In fact, the etiquette to which it abides is the same that every tourist must (or at least should) respect. For this reason it is essential to know what is possible or should be done and not done in Japan.

Here is our guide for you:

Recycle and don't be messy!

When you walk down the street in Japan you will not find garbage bins and despite this, there will be no shadow of garbage around town. Recycling for the Japanese is very important. Separate collection is an obligation and there are special bins to which people go and throw garbage.

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Don't gamble!

Gambling in Japan is illegal! There is only one way for fans who cannot resist betting: Pachinko.
Pachinko is practiced in special rooms where players must buy steel balls to play. They must be inserted in a sort of flipper, or in the "pachislot" which works similarly to the slot machines. If you win, you get more balls. By law the spheres cannot be exchanged for cash within the rooms in which they are distributed. They are simply changed with chips or with symbolic prizes that can then be converted into cash outside the venue itself at specific desks.

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Take off your shoes, put on your shoes

Not only at home, but also in many restaurants and historic buildings may be required to remove shoes. So make sure you wear clean, hole-free socks! If it is midsummer and you have no socks, it is always good to have a pair with you because it is not polite to enter the house barefooted. The landlord usually supplies his guests with slippers, but these too must be removed before walking on the tatami!


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Visit temples and shrines

Calm and respect are a must. Keep to the traditions: on the outside of the temple, throw a coin in the offer box and say a short prayer. If there is the possibility of burning an incense (osenko) do it turning off the stick by waving your hand and not blowing on it. If you go inside the temple, take off your shoes and leave them on the shelves or take them with you in the little bags available and I recommend you remove the hats! Do not be distracted by letting yourself be taken by the tourist's enthusiasm, pay attention to what is allowed, photography is not always permitted.

When you go to a sanctuary instead, it is important to go to the purification fountain at the entrance, take one of the provided ladles, fill it with water and rinse your hands. Next, pour a little water into your hand and rinse your mouth by spitting out the water next to the fountain.
While entering, leave a coin in the offer box by bowing deeply twice, clap your hands as many times, bow again and pray by ringing the bell or gong (this will attract the god's attention).


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Dine outside the home

After the waiters have greeted you and made you sit down, you will be offered water or tea for free and the oshibori (wet towel) to clean your hands before eating. After that you can choose the dishes you want from the menu, often illustrated to help tourists who are not familiar with the Japanese language.
It is not customary to pay at the table. The meal bill is presented facing down and you will pay by going to the cashier when you are about to leave the restaurant. As you come out it is courtesy to say 「御馳走様(でした)!」which reads: "Gochisou sama (deshita)" and means “thank you for the delicious meal".

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Table manners!

As usual and one of the first rules of bon ton, after ordering, it is polite to wait until all the guests have received their course. Then, we start the meal by saying いただきます (itadakimasu) that is "I take with great respect", which well away from our "enjoy your meal". If you find yourself in a situation where everyone has not been served at the table yet, but the dish we have is consumed immediately, then we will hear dire さきにどうぞ (osaki ni dōzo, please go ahead) or we can say おさきにすみまん (osaki ni sumimasen, forgive me if I go ahead).
Never feed food on the plate, in Japan it is considered rude and wasteful.

Another very important thing is the way of using chopsticks. You should never place the chopsticks in your rice bowl vertically, it is a mode that is used exclusively at funerals! It is good to always place the chopsticks on their special support when you have to put them down and I recommend you do not pass the food from your chopsticks to the chopsticks of another diner, this is also a custom of the funerals in which the bones of the cremated body are passed on in this way.

In case you need to take food from a common plate, use the opposite ends of your chopsticks. In the picture below, you can see everything not to do with chopsticks.


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In Japan you can also find Western-style services, especially in the most recent and modern public bathrooms. They mostly have a heated seat, hand shower (equivalent to our bidet) and dryer. Each toilet usually has two discharge modes: "small" (小) and "large" (大), which differ in the amount of water used. However, toilet paper or towels are not always provided in the bathrooms, so it is always a good idea to bring kleenex and a small towel (the famous "tenugui", small towels that you always see with the Japanese and that have various uses, such as drying sweat in summer!).
In private bathrooms there are always toilet slippers to be used exclusively in the bathroom. You will then have to leave your normal slippers outside the bathroom door and wear those available.


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Respect on public transport

On the train, metro, bus or any other public transport, it is not polite to speak loudly and it is good to keep the phones in silent mode so as not to disturb anyone.


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Blowing your nose? Oh no !!

Blowing one's nose in public is one of the greatest lack of respect and a gesture of true rudeness because it means spreading germs! For this reason, in case of a cold (and not just that), the Japanese always wear a mask.
A curiosity: the masks do not serve only to avoid epidemics and for one's own health, but also to hide imperfections! It's a good trick, don’t you think so?


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No smoking

It is strictly forbidden to smoke in the street, walking and anywhere there are no smoking areas. In this way, those who do not smoke or do not tolerate smoking will not be bothered. There is a special police that constantly checks that the law is respected and fines otherwise. Strangely, however, in closed places smoking is allowed and there are not always separate smoking and non-smoking areas, unfortunately!

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To bow

There are various types of bow and each with its own meaning. If we are to greet in informal situations we bow slightly, while in the formal ones it’s required a deeper bow, especially if the person in front of us is of a higher rank. If, on the other hand, we want to thank someone, it is sufficient to slightly bow the head, but also to apologize and in this case the inclination arc varies from mild (only the head), normal (part of the trunk, up to an angle of 45°) and serious. In this case the bow is deep, kneeling with the forehead touching the floor. A beautiful illustrated guide on the perfect way to bow is made available by Tongufu.com:


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What about these rules of behavior? I find that they are very fascinating, apart from the smoke that, since I don’t tolerate it, I would forbid it anywhere!
During your travels in the land of the Rising Sun, have you noticed something curious about ways of doing things and not common in the West? Tell us about your experience!