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Learn About ’Mizuhiki’ and Why They Are Used to Decorate Japanese Gifts

Have you ever seen Japanese traditional ribbons before? These are called “mizuhiki” in Japanese. It is a form of art which uses special cords which are twisted to form various kinds of objects and shapes. These are commonly used for decorating celebratory gift envelopes. Let’s find out how it has been shaped over the years.…

Stroll Through the Beautiful Nature of the Edo Era at Tokugawa-en in Nagoya!

Tokugawaen or Tokugawa Garden is a Japanese garden highlighted with a beautiful pond at the center. It is characterized by an amazing view clearly representing the style of major daimyo gardens of the Edo Period. It is a greenery paradise which people can enjoy in a place filled with beautiful flowers of different seasons. It…

Todaiji Temple and The Big Buddha: Learn About the Most Famous Statue in Nara

Nara park is a large open space with temples, museums and gardens enough to keep most tourists entertained for several days, especially if you work in a few rounds of feeding the deer. But the biggest attraction of the park is the Todaiji Temple – a complex of several buildings, the most famous of which…

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…

Step into the Stone Age and Explore the Glacial Period in Tomizawa!

The Glacial Period (20,000 years ago) was a time when ice-cold temperatures were at its time of advancement. With the vast ice sheets and freezing temperatures, it was hard to survive for Paleolithic people (people of the Stone Age). However, a great discovery was made when the camping site for the people of the early…

Feast Your Eyes on Morioka History and Culture Museum’s Exciting Exhibits!

The Morioka History and Culture Museum preserves items related to the history of its city and its rich artifacts. Are you aching to find out more about Morioka? Do you wish you had all the knowledge imaginable regarding this city? Even if you don’t live in Morioka, the stories you may hear are fascinating. I…

A Hidden Treasure in Yamaguchi: Ruriko-ji Temple Where the Samurai Once Tread

There are many different temples in Japan today, but there are, of course, some that are outstanding. One of the greatest temples in Japan is Rurikoji temple. Rurikoji temple is a Buddhist temple located in Yamaguchi city. This national treasure is best known for the great five-story pagoda and it is rightly rated among Japan’s…