TRADITIONAL

Do You Know These 4 Mythical Beasts Guarding Japan’s Cardinal Directions?

If it’s about myths, folklore, and legends, Japan is a country with a lot to offer. From stories based on local traditions up to those derived from foreign influence through cultural assimilation, the country has developed a rich collection of tales that are mirrored in today’s pop culture. Belief in sacred beasts and spirits is…

Add a Stylish Twist to Your Gift Wrapping With the Japanese Furoshiki!

Christmas and New Year may be over, but the act of giving gifts isn’t! Whether it’s to celebrate a loved one’s birthday or to congratulate a colleague, gift giving plays an important role in gatherings. And while you can’t judge a gift by its wrapper, there’s nothing wrong with spending a significant amount of time…

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…
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