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Is This Japanese Traditional Method of Kimono Coloring Almost Dead?

“Innovation” is a word that most people are familiar with. This simple word has allowed societies to advance beyond our imagination. It has brought us to an era where it seems like anything is possible. Japan, in particular, is a well-known country when it comes to innovation. Similarly, the country is also known for its…

Top 10 Things to Do in Omi Jingu, the Holy Land of Karuta!

What is Omi Jingu (近江神宮) like? It’s a fiery place that burns with the passion of every Karuta player who has played in a competition. Discover the charms of Omi Jingu, the Holy Land of Karuta! Omi Jingu is a shrine in Otsu City (大津市), Shiga Prefecture (滋賀県). It is located at the foot of…

Why Are 3, 5 and 7 Important Numbers for Japanese Kids?

The month of November is the time when a certain yearly tradition takes place in Japan. Shichi Go San or, simply, Seven Five Three in English, is the tradition where parents bring their little children to their local shrines in order to give thanks for safely reaching the ages of 3, 5 and 7 and…

Kimono and Yukata For Everybody

Kimono Women (seijin-no-hi kimono) fc05.deviantart.net/ Wedding Kimono Men (Hakama) s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/ Kimono is a traditional Japanese full-length robe, it is worn the most during special occasions such as weddings and tea ceremonies. We can see a lot of people wearing kimono, for example, during ‘seijin-no-hi’ (Coming of Age Day), to celebrates and to congratulate those who…

3 Things You Need To Know About Aikido

centre.nikkeiplace.org/ Aikido is one of the Japanese Martial Art forms which evolved in the 20th century and spread to the rest of the world after the Second World War. I advise you to attend at least one Aikido class while you are visiting Japan. Aikido is gaining popularity day by day due to its unique…

University Graduation Ceremonies in Japan

The start of spring also signals the end of some things, and April graduation is one yearly event thousands of young people look forward to. University graduation ceremonies are often held on the last week of March in Japan. As one may expect, graduation ceremonies are fancy affairs, as young adults celebrate the completion of…