tradition

Why Do Japanese People Love Taking a Bath at Night Before Going to Bed?

Japan is a place where certain customs and rituals might seem unusual to a Westerner’s eye. One of these is the fact that many Japanese people love to take a bath at night before they sleep, rather than in the morning before they head outside. Have you ever wondered why? Public Bathing jp.fotolia.com/ As you…

The Top 5 Traditional Japanese Fashions You Can Still See in the Streets Today

As much as Japan is a popular country for its pioneering in technological advancements, it is also a country that greatly values its heritage and tradition. In fact, a lot of Japan’s annual festivals, celebrations and present-day practices can be attributed to customs from centuries ago, which are, these days, updated thanks to recent technologies.…

Ward Off Evil This 2017 With These 7 Unique Sushi Rolls From Japan!

In Japan, it is believed that when seasons change, people are more prone to be affected by the evil forces i.e. devils, so there is a need to ward off evil on the day before the beginning of the new season. As such, Setsubun (節分), which means the last day before spring, is an occasion…

Why Are Young Japanese People Becoming More Skeptical About Weddings and Funerals?

Japanese marriages and funerals are considered to be some of the most expensive in the world. This has been a traditional practice for all people of different backgrounds. In recent studies, though, many of the younger generations are becoming more skeptical about these traditions. Concern about monetary issues remained a key discussion point. sbs.com.au/ Marriage…

All About Obon From Traditional Customs to Exciting Festivals All Over Japan

How much do you know about Japan’s Obon customs? Normally during this period, Japanese people are allowed to take long vacations, and there are festivals in several places throughout the country. If you learn about Obon, its background and how it is celebrated, you’ll definitely learn a lot about Japanese culture. If you are in…

Mifune Matsuri: A Festival on the Water

Japan has numerous festivals throughout the year with many spectators, both locally and internationally. But have you ever seen a festival done on the water? This particular festival is called, “Mifune Matsuri,” which literally means “festival of three boats.” This festival is believed to have originated in 1928, but its atmosphere is that of the…

Taue, the Japanese rice planting season

As most of you may know, rice is a staple food for the Japanese people. Sushi, Onigiri (rice ball wrapped in seaweed nori), Tendon (Tempura on a rice bowl), Curry rice (Japanese-style mild curry with rice), to name a few. Without rice, perhaps Japanese people could not survive. To them, it’s a taste of mother,…