Culture

otoshidama
2014.12.27
“Otoshidama” is the New Year’s gift that kids can’t wait for!
It’s what kids receive on New Years day for pocket money! In Japan we have a custom called “Ot
osouji
2014.12.24
Clean away all of this year's mess! Do a GRAND HOUSE CLEANING to greet the god into your clean house
Cleaning the house is a job for dad to do during his end of year holidays! Most people in Japan
kadomatsu
2014.12.23
Towers of pine and bamboo: Kadomatsu decoration, a tradition of the Japanese New Year’s Holiday
Kadomatsu is a decoration with three cut pieces of bamboo and pine for the Japanese New Year’s holid
oshogatsu
2014.12.20
Japan’s New Year “Oshogatsu” is to welcome the God Toshigami-sama, who brings abundance and happiness to each family.
Oshogatsu is to welcome the deity, Toshigami-sama. What is Oshogatsu? In Japan, the Toshigami-sama
toshinoichi
2014.12.18
"Toshi-no-ichi Hagoita-ichi," an end of the year event that presents an array of Tokyo traditional craft items
A major year-end event that is bustling from morning till night The Toshi-no-ichi (Year-end Fa
nengajyo_title
2014.12.17
The ‘Nengajo’ Postcard: a heartwarming tradition of the Japanese New Year
Japanese people exchange Nengajo postcards as New Year Greetings, much like Western people sending C
ama
2014.12.10
The town with more "ama" in Japan - Toba-Ise Shima, Mie Prefecture -
Are they fishermen? Divers? Mermaids? What are "ama"? "Ama" are women free divers who make a li
shiwasu
2014.12.09
In Japan, December is a busy month in which the teachers run to and fro!? "Shiwasu"
Teachers are so busy that they run all over the place!? It's already December, isn't it? What k
2014.11.14
In Japan, there's a “toilet god.”
The "myriad gods," called such because there are too many to count. In Japan, since ancient tim
2014.11.12
Enjoy Japanese food even more with magnificent “chopstick technique”!
Chopsticks are indispensable for eating a Japanese meal, so it's worth learning how to use them pr
2014.11.05
Something We are Taught Since Childhood: “Align your shoes when you take them off”
Take off your shoes when you enter a home In Japan, there is a custom where you take off the sh
2014.09.10
Let's listen to the “voices of the insects” and enjoy Japan's rich nature and soul.
■The Japanese feel that insects, also have a “voice.” As autumn draws near, you can start to hea
2014.09.07
September 8 is Harvest Moon. Let’s look up into the night sky and enjoy the moon.
For now, the forecast says it will be sunny in all parts of the country. There is a tradition t
2014.09.05
Beyond Words: Nude Friendship at the Bathhouse.
If you want to catch a glimpse of daily life in Japan, visit a bathhouse! In older day Japan, m
2014.09.03
“Otsukimi,” appreciate and pray to the beautiful moon in autumn for a good harvest.
On a cool autumn night, look up to the sky and appreciate the beautiful moon. Autumn is the best