Tag Archives: Japanese custom


Kagome – Japanese Children’s Game

NC: There’s a Japanese game that children play called kagome, um…so it’s-it’s really similar to ring around a rosey in that…um…it was based on…experiments that people were doing, so Ring around the rosie is about um the disease the bubonic plague but um uh kagome is about experiments that people were doing um on the… Continue Reading »

Deadly Chopsticks

KM is a third-generation Japanese-American from Los Angeles, CA. She now lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband and 18-year-old son. KM gave me some insight on chopstick etiquette that was passed down from her Japanese parents: “So in Japan, when you’re eating rice with chopsticks, or really anything which chopsticks, you NEVER rest them… Continue Reading »

Japanese New Year’s Ozoni

KM is a third-generation Japanese-American from Los Angeles, CA. She now lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband and 18-year-old son. KM described to me some of the basic traditions her family has for New Years Day, especially the cooking of “ozoni”: “Ozoni is just a soup made with chicken broth, green onion, shiitake mushrooms, seaweed,… Continue Reading »