2015 August

What’s the Difference Between a Kimono and a Yukata?

It is very easy to recognise the traditional Japanese clothing of the yukata and kimono when you see one, they are very distinct garments. However, many people will not be aware of the difference between the two. The origin of the Japanese kimono is from the Chinese traditional Han clothing, although an apron was still…

The five tallest towers of Japan!

1. Tokyo tower Tokyo tower is located near the Zojoji temple, Tokyo and is one of the tallest structures of Japan. It is a television and radio broadcasting structure with a height of 333 meters. It was completed in 1958, and was listed as the tallest steel tower in the world. The steel structure of…

Japanese Culture and the Use of Fans

When we hear about Japan, the first picture coming into our mind about the Japanese will be a lady in kimono holding a fan and an umbrella. The folding Japanese fan is very important in the culture of the Japanese society. Even though a fan is always meant to provide some cool during hot weather,…

Cherry picking at Yatsugatake

Yatsugatake is a beautiful mountain area located at the border of Nagano and Yamanashi prefectures. It is a place which is worth visiting in any of the four seasons. Yamanashi is famous for its fruit picking sites. The orchards of this area provide opportunities to taste self-picked seasonal fruits like cherry, strawberry, apple, grapes and…

Obon: The Festival of Honouring Ancestors’ Spirits

Obon is the festival celebrated in Japan in mid-August, on the 15th. But the Obon festival season lasts for a few days, from the 13th to the 17th of the month, but different areas of Japan celebrate this festival on different days. It is the day to remember and honour the spirits of the ancestors.…

Akira Kurosawa: Retirement and Resurgence

Dark Days Begin Throughout the 1950s, Akira Kurosawa (黒澤明) was riding the high wave of critical and financial success. He was already one of the hottest directors in the world. The American film company 20th Century Fox was planning a huge military epic movie titled “Tora Tora Tora!”, this was planned to be a film…

It’s All About Money: Japanese Banknotes And Coins

One of the first and the most important things you need to know while moving to a new country is the monetary system of that nation and the currency and denominations. Without using them, you can’t survive anywhere. In Japan, there are six different coins and three bills that are currently used. The monetary unit…

The Solemnity of Japanese Autumnal Equinox Day

There comes a time when the daytime and nighttime become equal in length. The sun sets exactly in the west and rises in the east. This is the time when the days start to become shorter than the night. This time of the year is called Autumnal Equinox Day or “Higan” in Japanese. The occurrence…

Fabulous Rice Paddy Art in Aomori

Rice is synonymous with Japan, people cannot think of Japan or Japanese food without thinking of rice. However you may not think of rice, and then think of works of art. But in Japan, rice can be art. The Rice Art Village buzzfeed.com/ The village of Inakadate in Aomori is a small area, with a…

Japan – The Land of Busy Bees!

A hard-working Culture Japan is the land of hard work, long hours, little pay and a common acceptance with little or no vacation time. In other countries, some might call that exploitation or call in a union representative, or in some cases go on strike! Not in Japan, Japanese society is built on hard work…
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