Japanese tradition

Babies at the Shrine: Understanding Omiyamairi Tradition

There are numerous events involving shrines in Japan such as traditional marriages, the ‘Rite of Passage’ for seven, five and three-year-old kids (Shichi Go San), and the ‘Coming of Age’ ceremony (Seijinshiki) for soon-to-be adults. There is also a variety of celebrations and festivals involving local shrines.   makaranya.co.jp/ However, there is one common practice…

Dos and Don’ts: Gift Giving and Reciprocation Custom in Japan

In Japan, gift giving is often incorporated with different situations. Whether it be for a wedding, a child’s birth, or even confinement in a hospital, you will receive gifts from your Japanese family or friends. So in Japan, when you receive a gift, it is important to reciprocate the act to express your gratitude to…

Joya no Kane: Ring in New Year’s the Spiritual Japanese Way

Along with the coming of the new year, people are making preparations here and there and in other countries, people are now putting up Christmas decorations in their houses, schools and offices. While in Japan, Christmas is traditionally not a celebrated event due to the differences in religion. However, the new year here is what…

Experience Japanese Tradition and Pound Some Fresh Mochi this December!

While there are dozens of mochi specialty shops throughout Japan which are almost made with the help of machines, you should know what was the traditional labor intensive way of making – or to make it specific – pounding mochi! Tradition   Mochi is Japanese rice cake. Mochitsuki is a traditional Japanese ceremony to make…

Ring in the New Year with Nengajo, the Japanese New Year’s Postcard

One popular part of the culture in Japan is celebrating the New Year’s Day. It is a time for merriment such as eating osechi and mochi, ringing temple bells and of course, sending out dozens of postcards! Postcards are known as “nengajo” in Japanese. The original purpose it served was telling people who were living…

More to Salt and Tanuki Statue Traditions Than Meets the Eye!

If you look carefully as you’re walking around Japan, you’ll notice small plates or dishes of salt outside a lot of homes and businesses. If you ask around you’ll get a few different explanations for the reasoning behind people leaving these out. The most common explanation I’ve been given is that the salt is there…

Japanese Culture and the Use of Fans

Japan is a great country full of rich history, futuristic innovation, world-class food, spectacular landscapes, and ancient traditions that have stood the test of time. If someone mentions Japan, no doubt it conjures up many images in your mind. This may include Mt. Fuji, cherry blossom season, the towering skyscrapers of Tokyo, or perhaps even…

The Solemnity of Japanese Autumnal Equinox Day

There comes a time when the daytime and nighttime become equal in length. The sun sets exactly in the west and rises in the east. This is the time when the days start to become shorter than the night. This time of the year is called Autumnal Equinox Day or “Higan” in Japanese. The occurrence…

Let’s Take a Bite! Bento, Japanese Home-packed Meals

Bento is a Japanese-style home-packed meal. It is available throughout Japan. It consists of bite-sized rice, fish, and vegetables which are carefully prepared in a box-shaped container. Chopsticks are commonly used for this. Origin The word “bento” originated from the Song Dynasty in China, meaning “convenience” or “convenient.” The earliest bento was made during the…

The Hanko Revival

The 判子 Hanko, or the Japanese stamp/seal, has always been associated with identification in official matters, for example, marriage certificates, bank mortgage loans, when establishing a company, etc. Author’s photo At many Hanko stores, huge discount signs scream ridiculously low prices in bright red fonts. However, the feelings invoked are far from lively. They exude…