TRADITIONAL

Are Old People Being Dumped in Forests and Left to Die?

A young woman looks at her mother. The frail, old woman can no longer walk long distances and usually spends her days inside the house with the family. Her hair has turned white, and the foggy mist in her eyes indicates that she is losing her vision. Her daughter really loves her, but does not…

An Amazing Matcha Experience in Japan – Matcha and Tea Shops of Tokyo

Japanese tea is to Japan, what English tea is to England. Just as English tea conjures up stereotypical images of ladies in elegant hats and gentlemen in pressed linen suits enjoying refreshments after a morning safari in India, Japanese tea presents its consumers with a taste of traditional Japan in every sip. There are two…

Why Do Geishas Paint Their Faces With White Makeup?

In Japan, the beautiful and enigmatic Geisha represents one of the most iconic cultural images in the country. They have been around since as early as 600 A.D. where they served as entertainers and companions, but the look we can easily recognize today became prominent in the 17th century. Trained in fine arts such as…
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The Japanese New Year- 9 Facts you may not know about Japan`s Oshougatsu !

Probably there are different ways to spends holidays on the New Year depending on the cultural backgrounds of every country and also on the customs and traditions in your family. In Japan there is also a long list of things to do during this important event so here is a guide to how Japanese people…
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Bluray and DVD of Chihayafuru Musubi already released!

The Bluray and DVD of Chihayafuru Musubi was released just last October 3. If you’re a huge fan of the live-action version, the anime and manga, you should definitely purchase a copy! Chihayafuru-manga and live-action お勧めの漫画です題名は『ちはやふる 』 激戦を経て、ついにクイーン戦への切符を手にした千早。孤高の才能をもつ詩暢の立つ場所は、千早の想像を超える荒野だった―。それぞれ1勝1敗で、第3試合を戦う太一と新は、かるたへの、そしてお互いへの思いを畳にぶつける―!! 東西挑戦者決定戦、ついに決着! pic.twitter.com/vKSx0AVbIO — 皇 刹那 (@uEAMcggk7Xr83XH) November 15, 2018 The films of Chihayafuru were all based on the…

Eihei-ji – a Temple in the middle of a serene Cedar forest

Eihei-ji is one of those temples that many Japanese have heard of but few have actually visited. On New Year’s Eve, the temple is featured on Japanese television ringing out the old year with 108 purifying tones. This classical temple is famous for its Zen style meditation, distinctive vegetarian meals and of course, as a…

Express Yourself Through This Traditional Japanese Technique of Hand Weaving

Japan is a fashion heaven where a huge number of clothing brands can be found. But more than simply being a shopping destination, the country also offers many interesting traditional activities like weaving. There are several weaving styles that originated from the country, but one of them defies the rules: Saori is a freestyle kind…

4 Theatrical Masks That Captured the Essence of Traditional Japanese Performances

Japan is known for its classical musical drama called “Noh,” wherein actors do their performance with the help of different masks. Every mask represents a certain character in the story such as a hero, animal, ghost, devil, etc. These masks are carved from blocks of Japanese cypress and painted to show a variety of emotions.…

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…