Kirin Ichiban Shibori Together Under the Hanami Kotatsu

Hanami (花見, “flower viewing”) is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers, flowers are (“hana”) in this case almost always referring to those of the cherry (“sakura”) or, less frequently, plum (“ume”) trees.

A kotatsu (炬燵) is a low, wooden table frame covered by a futon, or heavy blanket, upon which a table top sits. Underneath is a heat source, formerly a charcoal brazier but now electric, often built into the table itself. Kotatsu are used almost exclusively in Japan, although similar devices are used elsewhere: for example the Spanish brasero.

Kirin Brewery sells two of the most popular beers in Japan: Kirin Lager [キリンラガービール], one of the country’s oldest beer brands which started brewing in 1888; and Ichiban Shibori [キリン一番搾り生ビール].

The members [of Japanese idol group Arashi] are Ohno Satoshi, Sakurai Sho, Aiba Masaki [相葉雅紀, seen here], Ninomiya Kazunari, and Matsumoto Jun.

Shunsuke Kazama (風間 俊介 Kazama Shunsuke, born June 17, 1983 in Sumida, Tokyo) is a Japanese voice actor, actor, and singer affiliated with Johnny & Associates.

Johnny & Associates (株式会社ジャニーズ事務所 Kabushikigaisha Janīzu Jimusho) is a Japanese talent agency, formed by Johnny Kitagawa in 1962, which trains and promotes groups of male entertainers known as Johnnies (ジャニーズ Janīzu).

Arashi meets Kirin Ichiban Shibori in Kobe

Arashi (嵐, literally Storm) is a Japanese idol group consisting of five members formed under the Johnny’s Entertainment talent agency. Aside from their music careers, Arashi has also appeared in dramas and movies, done radio shows, commercials, and acted as the main hosts for events.

キリン一番搾り生ビール(キリンいちばんしぼりなまビール)とは、キリンビールから発売されているビール。1990年3月に発売された。

Kirin Ichiban Shibori Nama Beer is sold by Kirin Beer. Sales began in March, 1990.

In Japanese, “kirin” can refer to giraffes, or to Qilin, the mythical hooved Chinese chimerical creatures. Kirin Brewery is named after the latter.

The Kansai dialect (関西弁, 関西方言 Kansai-ben, Kansai hōgen) is a group of Japanese dialects in the Kansai region (Kinki region) of Japan. In Japanese, Kansai-ben is the common name and it is called Kinki dialect (近畿方言 Kinki hōgen) in technical terms. The common Kansai dialect is spoken in Keihanshin (the metropolitan areas of the cities of Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe) and its surroundings, a radius of about 50 km around the Osaka-Kyoto area (see regional differences).

AKB48’s Yuki Kashiwagi and Totoro

Yuki Kashiwagi (柏木 由紀 Kashiwagi Yuki, born July 15, 1991 in Kagoshima, Kagoshima Prefecture), is a member of the Japanese idol group AKB48. She auditioned for AKB48 on December 3, 2006, and is now a member of Team B.

AKB48 is named after Akihabara (Akiba for short), the area in Tokyo where the group’s theater is located.

A girl group is a popular music act featuring several young female singers who generally harmonise together.

Dioscorea opposita (nagaimo, Chinese yam, Korean yam) is a type of yam (Dioscorea) that may be eaten raw. The jelly-like substance made from grating the yam, tororojiru (Japanese: とろろ汁), is often served in, or alongside, a number of other dishes. However, during the Edo period, tororojiru…was…considered improper for it to be eaten by a woman.