Edo

Heard of Famous Japanese Artist Jakuchu? Let his Exquisite Masterpieces Blow your Mind!

What do you imagine when you think of Japanese art? Perhaps the typical image of ukiyo-e paintings or ink drawings? There is actually quite an array of historical Japanese art. A great, celebrated Japanese artist named Jakuchu painted extremely vibrant and beautiful paintings throughout his career in the Edo era. In this article, you can…

Experience the Life of the Edo-Era Japanese at Fukagawa Edo Museum!

If you want to go back to the old times of the Edo period, you’ll probably be directed to the fancy and well-publicized Edo-Tokyo Museum. But do you know that a small yet charming museum called Fukagawa Edo Museum which features exhibits on the Edo era can be located in a non-touristy neighborhood? Though it’s…

Make Your Wish Come True at This Kyoto Temple With…Graffiti?

Japan is world-renowned for so many cultural, gastronomic and natural wonders. None are as revered as their temples. There are temples in every city, if not every block! I have even seen one near a 100 yen store and in the middle of a playground! I know of no city that doesn’t have at least…

Travel Back 400 Years in Time for the Samurai and Ninja Show in Asakusa!

Most people the world over know Japan for their great warriors, the samurai and ninja. Sadly these roles ended many years ago. But thanks to the efforts of a new group you can see ninja and samurai live in battle! Samurai and Ninja An overview of Japanese history would be lacking greatly if ninja or…

Black, White and Red: The 3 Colors of Beauty in Japan

Today, makeup is considered as a vital component in the aspect of grooming. Many women and some men painstakingly take the time and effort to apply makeup daily, in the name of beauty. In Japan, the beauty of the country’s prominent classic entertainers such as the maikos (geisha in training), geishas, and kabuki actors is…

Kanzashi: The Traditional Hair Ornament and Self-Defense Weapon!

Kanzashi are beautiful hair ornaments used in traditional Japanese hairstyles. Besides decorating the hair, they were believed to have been used as self-defense as well. Different kanzashi may also be worn on different months throughout the year.   View this post on Instagram   #京都 #kyoto #そうだ京都行こう #そうだ京都帰ろう #京都写真部 #美しい #絶景京都 #舞妓 #舞妓さん #maiko #芸妓…

Edo-Tokyo Vegetables: Nearly Extinct But No Longer in the Past!

The Edo period allowed Japan to enjoy 250 years of stability from 1603-1868. This time was the last period of traditional and ancient Japan before the Meiji Restoration began. From this time, much art and innovation occurred bringing new and reviving old cultures. Food was one of these aspects which developed and gave rise to…

Shunga, the Ancient Erotic Artworks Can Finally be Seen in Tokyo Museum

Literally meaning spring pictures, Shunga (春画) is a type of Japanese erotic art produced mainly in the Edo period (1603-1867). Executed in woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) or in painted handscrolls, it was used by both men and women of all classes. Banned and marginalized from art history discussions, its historical and artistic importance has been recently…

Dejima: Japan’s Connection to the Outside World

There was a point in the past when foreign policies were implemented, asserting that the nation’s interests were best served by keeping the affairs of other countries at a distance. It was called “Isolationism.” From 1641 to 1853, the Tokugawa Shogunate enforced a policy known as “kaikin.” This policy prohibited Japan from having contact with…