traditional craft

What is Japanese Flower Arrangement and How Can It Help Us Heal?

One of the noticeable characteristics of Japanese culture is “discipline.” This is seen in all aspects of their lives, from waking up in the morning to going to bed at night. They also practice it in flower arranging, or Ikebana (生け花), which is another representative aspect of Japanese traditional art. What is Ikebana, what does…

Learn the Traditional Art of the Beautiful Japanese Hakone Marquetry

One of the most beautiful forms of art in Japan is the art of inlaying woods known as “marquetry.” It is a typical woodwork which can be found in Hakone (箱根), a town in Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県). It can often be found on the finest furniture and can also be seen in elaborate patterns and…

Appreciate Japanese Art, Nature, and Culture at This Park in Kawasaki

One of the great places to visit in Japan is the Ikuta Ryokuchi Park (生田緑地), a hidden gem in Kawasaki (川崎). It is not just your ordinary park as it is one of the best places to enjoy nature due to its abundant forestry. Check out this park and its different features below! Ikuta Ryokuchi…

Japanese Uchiwa Fan: The Perfect Tool For An Easy, Breezy Summer!

Japanese women are popularly known for wearing kimonos coupled with folding fans. But do you also know that a flat, non-folding fan called “uchiwa” has also been used by families in Japanese ancient times? It is even considered more expensive since it is harder to make. This is particularly a popular choice for summer as…

3 Great Workshops to Experience one of Japan’s Traditional Art Forms: Pottery!

Pottery is one of Japan’s traditional art forms which was revived in the 20th century. Masters of potters appeared as well as workshops which preserved the traditional styles and techniques passed down through the generations. So, if you’re interested in giving pottery a crack, here are 3 great workshops. 1. Kitagama Kasen This workshop is…

Find the Traditional Origami Patterns in Modern Technology!

Origami has been assimilated in the Oxford dictionary since time immemorial, and it has also become a global buzzword. It is defined as the Japanese art of folding papers into various shapes and sizes. However, the elegance of origami goes further that being a mere ornament for the Tanabata Festival. Today, many modern structural designs…

Kutani-yaki: Kanazawa’s Traditional Modern Porcelain Craft

When it comes to fine craftsmanship, there are plenty of things that Japan has to brag about. Kutani-yaki, Japanese style porcelain, is a prime example of Japanese artistic craft: the structure, detailed design and time that each and every craftsman takes to finish a piece is an astounding sight in itself. Even with the passing…

The iconic Japanese crafts and forms of art

We are pretty familiar with Bonsai, Origami and etc. Originated from Japan and became famous worldwide, these forms of art always reflect the Japanese culture and artistic ability. The structure and the style of Japanese gardens , potteries and such are also really attractive and can be seen everywhere when we travel throughout this country.…

Home-stay Program with Exciting Activities in Ishikawa

My last summer was awesome! Vividly I still remember the moment when I held back my tears as I bid goodbye to my two host families. One week with them was definitely too short, but the memories I have of them will definitely last forever. I could not thank Japan Tent enough for granting me…