Japanese tradition

Enjoy a Very Unique Japanese Dining Experience at This Restaurant in Tokyo!

“Namahage” is a very old tradition in Japan which takes place on New Year’s Eve throughout Akita Prefecture’s Oga Peninsula. During the ritual, demon-like beings are believed to come down to the village from the mountains. They are represented by villagers who dress-up as these demons. This Japanese folklore has been used as the theme…

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…

The Top 5 Most Interesting Japanese Traditions That Never Grow Old

Being a country known to uphold heritage and tradition, it is not surprising to witness tons of events in Japan meant to honor a religious deity or commemorate a historical event. Over the years, many annual celebrations have attracted the attention of both local and international guests for their sheer grandeur. Here are five of…

Kyudo: The ’Way of the Bow’ as a Traditional Japanese Form of Art

Japan is home to many martial art traditions where some are only recognized within Japan. One example of this is “kyudo,” a Japanese martial art originating from the samurai class. For most practitioners in Japan, Kyudo is an art form and literally means “way of the bow” which is also linked to ancient Shinto tradition.…

Check Out the ’Naked’ Man Festival in Snowy Nigata!

There in Japan are at least a dozen festivals that in the eyes of tourists will be considered “eccentric” or “strange” in nature. However, I would like to introduce a “naked man” (or at least close to it) festival that takes place during winter in the small-but-warm town of Minami Uonuma in the Niigata prefecture.…

3 Schools for Learning the Beautiful Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony is a distinctive cultural activity involving ceremony and green tea (matcha). It is also called the ‘Way of Tea’. There is a lot involved in a tea ceremony and is so much more than just sipping tea; it is aesthetic. It includes hospitality, confections, a light meal and gathering together (chakai). The…

Dondo Yaki Bonfire Event to Bring Success and Good Health into the New Year!

During the New Year in Japan, you’ll notice that a large number of people purchased ornaments for their homes. However, now that the New Year celebrations are over, you may be wondering what the Japanese will be doing with all the beautiful ornaments that were used? Decorations syougatsutokusyuu.seesaa.net/ Kadomatsu, Shimekazari and Kagami mochi are the…
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