TRADITIONAL

Find Out About These Awesome Japanese Traditional Homes That are Now for Sale!

You must have seen some of the many old, brilliant castles or modern buildings in Japan, and thought about how much you’d like to own one. Well, if you browse the websites of some Japanese real estate firms, you may now see a selection of old, wooden, rusty dwellings located in beautiful locations. These once…

All You Need to Know About the Japanese Legendary Creature ‘Tengu’

The Japanese word “Tengu” comes from the two words, “tian” and “gou,” which translates to “heaven” and “dog,” respectively, thus the name “heavenly dog.” Found in old Japanese folktales, Tengu are considered as a type of god in the Shinto religion but are mostly only thought of as supernatural creatures. Let’s find out more about…

Discover the Beautiful Japanese Art of Knitting Dolls, and Try Making Them!

When you read the word “crochet” or “knit”, you will probably think of things that relate to winter essentials like sweaters, beanies, and shawls. Perhaps you will think there is nothing new you can learn about crochet and knitting. Well, in Japan there is a unique way in which crochet and knitting are put to…

Think You Know Japanese Folklore? Check Your Knowledge of These 5 Animal Yokais

Yōkais are famous elements of Japanese folklore and are considered to be a class of supernatural demons and spirits. The word itself is made up of the characters meaning “bewitching; attractive; calamity” and “an apparition; mystery; suspicious.” Together, these characters form a word meaning something like “bewitching, mysterious apparition.” Yōkai can take many forms and…

Learn About This Mesmerizing Traditional Glass Art From Japan!

The moment you set your eyes on this beautiful piece of glass, you can’t help but be enchanted by its beauty. But what is this beautiful glass pattern? This mesmerizing piece of art is known as Kiriko. Kiriko jp.fotolia.com/ Kiriko is a type of glass art using what is called the cut glass method. By…

What Is This Traditional Japanese Way of Cooling Down in the Summer?

Summer is intensely hot in Japan. While people have their own different ways of dealing with the heat, most stay inside air-conditioned rooms all day. However, this was not the case in the past as the older generation used a different method of cooling down. Their method is called “uchimizu,” which comes from the Japanese…

The Art of Japanese Paper Cloth Fashion Could be Making a Revival!

In Japan, people used to wear clothes made from a type of paper called ‘washi’. Nowadays, these clothes are regarded as luxurious items, but in the past they were worn by everyone in Japan. Fibers made from mulberry, rice, bamboo and other materials were knitted using special skills,  and were used not only in clothing,…

The Top 5 Most Interesting Japanese Traditions That Never Grow Old

Being a country known to uphold heritage and tradition, it is not surprising to witness tons of events in Japan meant to honor a religious deity or commemorate a historical event. Over the years, many annual celebrations have attracted the attention of both local and international guests for their sheer grandeur. Here are five of…

The Top 5 Traditional Japanese Fashions You Can Still See in the Streets Today

As much as Japan is a popular country for its pioneering in technological advancements, it is also a country that greatly values its heritage and tradition. In fact, a lot of Japan’s annual festivals, celebrations and present-day practices can be attributed to customs from centuries ago, which are, these days, updated thanks to recent technologies.…
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