TRADITIONAL

TRADITIONAL

Your Name (君の名は。) is now officially the highest-grossing anime film of all time. The continuous popularity and success of Makoto Shinkai’s (新海誠) soul-swapping, gender-bender fantasy movie inspired the creation of exclusively designed bus and travel tours, a limited themed cafe, and even a fancy jewelry line. The movie's universal...

As we know, there are many Japanese restaurant branches in other countries. However, these restaurants may have changed their recipes from the original dishes offered in Japan. This might be because ingredients of certain dishes are hard to come by, or because restaurant owners decide to tailor to the...

One of the noticeable characteristics of Japanese culture is "discipline." This is seen in all aspects of their lives, from waking up in the morning to going to bed at night. They also practice it in flower arranging, or Ikebana (生け花), which is another representative aspect of Japanese traditional...

If there is one Asian country that pays very high regards to cultural heritage and traditional practices, Japan would have to be one of the obvious picks. It is very much apparent, even when you take a random stroll on any city street. From old castles to gorgeous, old-style ryokan...

Have you heard of the term “bonsai (盆栽)?” If you have and think of those little trees that you see in a friend’s house or in gardens, you are partly right. But more than just the plant themselves, did you know that bonsai is actually a form of Japanese...

One of the most beautiful forms of art in Japan is the art of inlaying woods known as "marquetry." It is a typical woodwork which can be found in Hakone (箱根), a town in Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県). It can often be found on the finest furniture and can also...

Do you know that the Western chess has a cousin in Japan? It is called "shogi(将棋)" and has since been attracting many foreign people into taking the challenge and playing the game. Other than being called the Japanese chess, it is also known as the Generals' Game. It is...

Purchasing a sanshin (三線) is like becoming an artist. The sanshin is one of those rare traditional instruments in Japan which takes several weeks to assemble. The art of making it is based on really old customs which is both complex and an exciting thing to do. But do...

When I was in high school in the early 2000s, I had a few options of what language to study. Originally, I had wanted to study German because I have a lot of family in Germany. But when I found out that my school did not have a German...

It is very interesting to know how towns and cities have developed over time. Many major cities in Japan started off small – from a ward or a suburb before becoming a metropolitan area. Let's have a look at the two different ways most of the towns and cities...

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