TRADITIONAL

TRADITIONAL

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...

Stilts are used from ancient times as a tool to walk on rugged terrains or flood plains. They are nothing but poles or posts used to stand above the ground. From Europe to Japan, these were used quite extensively in the past. Let's have a look at what makes...

Tea ceremony has its unique place in Japanese culture and history. Making tea (matcha) is considered an art and there are many schools that teach this together with hospitality and the norms of conducting a tea ceremony. There are many tools used in making tea. Let's have a look...

Samurai are icons that often pop up when we talk about Japan. In films they're depicted as those noble warriors who faithfully serve their lords using their strict fighting discipline and mastery in the art of kenjutsu (Japanese swordsmanship). But, with a unique variety of depictions they have enjoyed in...

Japan`s 7 Lucky Gods are an eclectic mix of one Japanese deity (Ebisu) and deities from Indian Hinduist (Benzaiten, Bishamonten, Daikokuten) and Chinese Taoist and Buddhist (Fukurokuju, Hotei, Jurojin) origin. They are called 'shichifukujin' in Japanese, which is a combination of the characters "seven," "luck," and "deity" (七 福神)....

Black and red soup bowls, trays, chopsticks, and other lacquerware pieces are iconic in Japan. Cheap imitations abound, but this article is about the time-consuming and even dangerous process of creating traditional Japanese lacquerware called "urushi." tablinstore.info/ Lacquer Origins It is highly likely that systematic techniques to create lacquer pieces were imported...

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