TRADITIONAL

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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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 New Japanese Hand Weaving Style

Japan is a fashion heaven where a huge number of clothing brands can be found. But the country also has a rich history in clothing manufacturing, with many weaving styles originating from Japan. A relatively recent style, Saori, defies weaving conventions by focusing on promoting an experience that is freestyle and individualistic. The result is…

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.…

Add a Stylish Twist to Your Gift Wrapping With the Japanese Furoshiki!

Christmas and New Year may be over, but the act of giving gifts isn’t! Whether it’s to celebrate a loved one’s birthday or to congratulate a colleague, gift giving plays an important role in gatherings. And while you can’t judge a gift by its wrapper, there’s nothing wrong with spending a significant amount of time…

Find Out About These Awesome Japanese Traditional Homes That are Now for Sale!

You must have seen some of the many old, brilliant castles or modern buildings in Japan, and thought about how much you’d like to own one. Well, if you browse the websites of some Japanese real estate firms, you may now see a selection of old, wooden, rusty dwellings located in beautiful locations. These once…

Discover the Beautiful Japanese Art of Knitting Dolls, and Try Making Them!

When you read the word “crochet” or “knit”, you will probably think of things that relate to winter essentials like sweaters, beanies, and shawls. Perhaps you will think there is nothing new you can learn about crochet and knitting. Well, in Japan there is a unique way in which crochet and knitting are put to…