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Japanese Tattoos: The Meaning of Irezumi and the Most Popular Japanese Tattoo Motifs

Do you have a tattoo? If not, perhaps you are thinking of getting one. Many people have tattoos that symbolize things that are important to them, such as people, places, or nostalgic memories. Tattoos have different meanings around the world; for example, they have held different significant meanings in various tribes and religions for years.…

Be Transported to China With This Stunning Garden in Okinawa

Japan has a well-deserved reputation for beautiful gardens and many of its cities have at least one picturesque garden. Visitors to Okinawa often flock to Shikinaen, the former residence of the Ryukyu Kings and one of Okinawa’s World Heritage Sites. While Shikinaen is undoubtedly worth visiting, it is not Okinawa’s only noteworthy garden. In fact,…

Do You Know These Japanese Koi Varieties?

The koi fish is a popular type of fish in Japanese culture. It traditionally symbolizes wealth, longevity, good luck, bravery, success, perseverance and drive. In a Chinese legend, the koi is said to possess a powerful life force which propelled it to swim upstream through various hurdles to reach the peak of the mountain and…

Fall in Love with Koi: The Japanese National Fish

“Koi” is the word for carp in Japanese. It is a group of fish which is commonly bred for decorative purposes. It includes two kinds of fish, the darker grey color and the brightly-colored one. japanesekoisales.com/ The latter is more popular than the former and is also known as the brocaded carp or “nishikigoi” in…