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Useful Tips For Doing the Laundry in Japan, Especially During the Rainy Season

Japanese summer is hot and worse than that – it’s humid. Especially during the rainy season, humidity levels are so high, laundry barely dries before acquiring that weird damp smell. That’s why there are several ways to deal with your laundry during this time. For mold problems in general take a look at this article…

Summer Activities in Japan – What Can You Still Do Despite the Pandemic?

By now it’s common knowledge that the best way to avoid being infected with coronavirus is keeping away from each other, and staying home as much as possible. But on the other hand, for keeping a better immune system, sunbathing and overall wellness are a must for people’s health as well. So, even in times…

Bananas and Beatles in Lacquer – Ryoma Noda’s Art Expression

Contemporary Art Website “TRiCERA” introducing new up and coming Japanese artists Original article written by Shinzo Okuoka (May 14th, 2020) Fujitv-view https://www.fujitv-view.jp/gallery/post-102406/?imgid=1 (Japanese only) ・Ryoma Noda is a young Japanese artist attracting a lot of attention. ・He expresses his art by using lacquer with insects and bananas as a motif. ・Funnily, he admits he decided…

“Ukiyo-e = Japanese art” – is this an outdated notion?

When it comes to “Japanese art”, what images pop up in your mind? For example, when you search on the Internet some keywords like “Japan, art”, most of the results will be of Hokusai’s ukiyo-e prints, folding screens, or the sliding screen paintings in the Edo period. It seems that foreigners equate “classical Japanese art”…

Tokyo’s Best Natural Parks and Gardens

For a large and modern city, it might come as a surprise to find that Tokyo is actually blessed with some wonderfully natural parks. Of course, people often visit Ueno park with its zoo, museums and sakura trees, yet beyond this well-healed park, are some beautifully structured and calming gardens that can rival even those…

Hatsumode: The First Shrine Visit of the New Year

Japanese New Year holidays usually start from December 29 and go until January 3, but depending on the year and one’s job it can start as early ad December 27th and go until January 8th. During this time, people are busy cleaning their houses in the osoji ritual before New Year, making or buying osechi…