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5 Big No-Nos to Remember for that Debut Onsen Experience in Japan!

If you have had the opportunity to visit Japan, you may have heard of the famous “onsen”, also known as Japanese hot springs. Onsens (温泉) are widely spread out throughout Japan due to the volcanic nature of this amazing country, and therefore, the onsen is an important element to Japanese culture. However, before jumping right…

Everything You Need to Know about the Magic and Mysteries of Kabuki!

Finally, we come to the last installment of the three-part series about the top three traditional performing arts of Japan – Kabuki! This is probably more well-known compared to its counterparts i.e. Noh and Bunraku partly due to the fact that many of the kabuki actors these days tend to appear in many TV dramas…

Heard of Famous Japanese Artist Jakuchu? Let his Exquisite Masterpieces Blow your Mind!

What do you imagine when you think of Japanese art? Perhaps the typical image of ukiyo-e paintings or ink drawings? There is actually quite an array of historical Japanese art. A great, celebrated Japanese artist named Jakuchu painted extremely vibrant and beautiful paintings throughout his career in the Edo era. In this article, you can…

3 Schools for Learning the Beautiful Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony is a distinctive cultural activity involving ceremony and green tea (matcha). It is also called the ‘Way of Tea’. There is a lot involved in a tea ceremony and is so much more than just sipping tea; it is aesthetic. It includes hospitality, confections, a light meal and gathering together (chakai). The…

Up for Spiritual Waterfall Training? Then Check Out Shukubo Komadori Sanso!

To experience a real sanctuary in the seclusion of the mountains, try doing a pilgrim at Mount Mitake. The mountain is part of the mountainous terrain separating the city of Hiroshima from its northwest subdivisions. After the long travel, you can stay at a century-old mountain lodge Shukubo Komadori Sanso which offers a real-life experience…

Visit these 2 Traditional Geisha Districts of Kanazawa

During the Edo Period (17th till 19th century), Kanazawa was a very large city rivaling Kyoto and Tokyo. It was a center of business, trade and entertainment. There are many tourist attractions in the city, such as the Kenroku-en garden, Omicho market, Kanazawa castle and others. It is also famous for its old traditional style…

Dondo Yaki Bonfire Event to Bring Success and Good Health into the New Year!

During the New Year in Japan, you’ll notice that a large number of people purchased ornaments for their homes. However, now that the New Year celebrations are over, you may be wondering what the Japanese will be doing with all the beautiful ornaments that were used? Decorations   Kadomatsu, Shimekazari and Kagami mochi are the…

Ohaguro: Why Did the Japanese Dye Their Teeth Black?

The unique practice of ohaguro is a very traditional dyeing process in Japan whereby teeth are dyed black. Of course, this practice has all but died out now, and nowadays people both in Japan and around the world wish for the whitest teeth they can get. Teeth whitening is a normal process and an increasingly…

Zashiki Warashi, A Traditional yet Modernized Japanese Doll

There are a number of old time horror stories lurking in Japanese culture reaching up to present times. Whether these stories are used for intentional purposes or just to pass on to the times, surely many of them are still famous today. One of the famous stories of the Yokai that remains today is the…