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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…

Black, White and Red: The 3 Colors of Beauty in Japan

Today, makeup is considered as a vital component in the aspect of grooming. Many women and some men painstakingly take the time and effort to apply makeup daily, in the name of beauty. In Japan, the beauty of the country’s prominent classic entertainers such as the maikos (geisha in training), geishas, and kabuki actors is…

How to Behave When Wearing a Kimono: 4 Must-Know Rules

How many of you have worn a Kimono before? Or maybe you are planning to experience wearing a kimono for your next trip to Japan? Then, maybe you should read this article first! Talking about kimono, the first word that comes into mind is grace. However, Kimono is not a magical robe that can turn…

Behind the Scenes of Nebuta Matsuri of Aomori: All About the Nebuta Masters

The Nebuta Matsuri in Aomori Prefecture is probably one of the many festivals in Japan that is not associated with any religious ceremony or temple; and the brain behind the creation of each float—the nebuta-shi—is responsible in overseeing the production of the festival floats from the beginning to the end. He comes up with the…

5 Furniture Items to Give Your Home That Traditional Japanese Feel

Living in a different country can expose you to several differences when comparing to your home country. Let’s explore a few different options that you may find in Japan. You can get this furniture at common furniture stores, like Nitori, or home centers, like Nafco. 1. Color Boxes One great organization option is color boxes.…

Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto: Traditional Yet Enthralling

In the western suburbs of Kyoto, lies a villa with associated gardens and outbuildings. It is called Katsura Imperial Villa and is regarded as an important large-scale cultural treasure in Japan. It is a perfect example of the essence of traditional Japanese designs. The History Katsura is a district in Kyoto and it has long…

10 Clever Ways to Wrap Your Everyday Items with Furoshiki

Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth made of either silk or cotton or rayon etc. It is used to wrap several items such as clothes, food, wine bottles, personal items and so on. Although the use of furoshiki has declined, it still holds a respectable position in the Japanese culture. It is similar to…

Camellia Tea Ceremony: an All-English Experience in Kyoto!

One of the charms of Japan, is the fact that many activities can be made into beautiful ceremonies. This includes making beautiful matcha tea. For many foreigners, it is very intriguing to be able to watch these ceremonies, but many are put off by the language barrier. But, fear not! If you are in Kyoto,…

Love Japanese Sweets? Try Sasa Dango, a Traditional Niigata Specialty!

If you are a fan of Japanese traditional sweets, especially sticky rice cakes (dango), then you might also love the sasa dango. Sasa dango rice cakes wrapped with bamboo leaves is a traditional sweet from the Nigata prefecture. Sasa dango used to be the traditional sweet for the boy’s festival (Tango no sekku) on May…

The Japanese Winter Secret, Kotatsu: 4 Never Before Seen Innovations!

Japanese people have a secret to keeping warm during the very cold winter days. They have a heat source underneath some tables which are often built-in. It is called, a kotatsu. The idea is to keep your legs warm under a low-lying table while your upper body remains frozen. However, some people even sleep under…