Katsushika Hokusai

Eat This Cup Noodle With Ice to Keep You Cool and Refreshed This Summer in Japan!

Summer in Japan is hot and humid, which is why it tends to be less popular than all the other seasons. Aside from summer festivals and the beach, there seems to be nothing much to look forward to. This is the reason Nissin Cup Noodle (日清カップヌードル) released a reprise of their Cup Noodle Somen (カップヌードル…

3 Interesting Places in Nagano’s Chestnut Village That You Should Visit

Obuse (小布施) is one of the peaceful towns located in the northern part of Nagano Prefecture (長野県), Japan. It is rich in art and culture and is popular for chestnuts, which is its local produce. You can find several chestnut-related products in the area such as chestnut rice, jelly, and ice cream. Its atmosphere is…

Visit This Museum in Tokyo and Admire Japanese Artist Hokusai’s Work

Are you a fan of the ukiyo-e superstar, Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾北斎)? He is a world-renowned Japanese artist of the Edo period. A museum known as the Sumida Hokusai Museum (すみだ北斎美術館) has recently opened in November 2016, which is a dedication to his artworks and masterpieces. It has been designed in ethereal forms and with a…

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…

A Guide For Muslim First Time Visit to Japan

Muslim in Japan A data published by JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) mentions that in recent years Muslim Visitors number is increasing respectively, the need to prepare Muslim-friendly public places is one of the things Japanese government puts effort into, to show that Japan respects other beliefs and cultures. Here are a short guide for…

Emoticons (Emoji) with a hidden Japanese background : part 2

Find out more about hidden Japanese culture on your smartphone and learn their original meaning. Mizaru, Kikazaru, Iwazaru Mizasaru kikazaru iwazaru (見ざる, 聞かざる, 言わざる) are the three wise monkeys from Japan. It is a wordplay and means “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. Gesture Negation is often gestured in Japan by crossing…