kyoami

kyoami

Writer/ Translator


I love Japanese folkcraft article, traditional handicrafts and antiques. I’m seeking the Japanese people’s religious outlooks and its origins that are behind Japanese people’s unique sense and techniques rooted in the ordinary life.

Articles

The Fudo-Myo-O statue
2016.09.14
Wish upon a moss-covered Buddhist statue! A nostalgic temple in Minami, Osaka
The Hozenji temple of the Buddhist Jyodo sect is located in Namba, Osaka. It is said that the temple had been moved from Kyoto to Osaka in 1673. All o
senbei
2016.09.09
Senbei, a low calorie snack cracker made from rice!
Senbei was introduced to Japan from China during the Asuka period (592-710). At the time, senbei was made by kneading wheat flour with water and roa
Dendoin at Hongan-ji Temple
2016.08.20
The Dendoin at Hongan-ji Temple is original Japanese architecture.
The Dendoin building was built in 1912 as an office building for the health insurance company of Shingonshu. It has been used as the Dendoin at Hongan
Karamon gate
2016.08.18
See Japanese Baroque Art at Nishi Hongan-ji Temple in Kyoto.
Nishi Hongan-ji (official name: Hongan-ji) is the head temple of the Jodo Shinshu Honganji School. One of Shinran’s (the temple’s founder) daughters b
title_mugicha
2016.08.17
Discover Mugicha, a typical summer drink in Japan
Cold mugicha (barley tea) is a popular summer drink after taking a bath or after exercising. How is it different from green tea and what are its effe
Miso soup
2016.08.09
A quick guide to the Japanese Miso Soup
Miso soup with rice has been loved by the Japanese since ancient times. I will show when the Japanese started eating it, and will also introduce orig
A Fish shop at the market
2016.08.05
The Nishiki Market, a shopping street in Kyoto with 130 different shops!
The Nishiki Market is a historical shopping market that has thrived since the Heian period (794 to 1184). It has been called “The kitchen of Kyoto”, a
Nukadsuke
2016.08.04
“Tsukemono”, Japanese pickles that complement a bowl of rice.
Tsukemono, or pickles, are vegetables pickled with salt and other condiments. Pickling with salt has been developed over time as a way of preserving
Rice
2016.08.03
Japanese live on rice in a variety of ways according to the situation
Rice is the staple of food for the Japanese, and we eat it in different ways according to situations in our daily lives. There are different brands th
Curtain
2016.07.30
What are these curtains hanging at the entrances of shops in Japan?
“Noren”, or a store curtain, is often hung at the entrances of shops in Japan. Today, I’d like to introduce the role of this curtain and its origin.
Soba
2016.07.20
Umami and Dashi (soup stock) play important roles in Japanese food.
Japanese food was registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural asset in 2013. Japan has its own unique soup stock called “dashi”, which brings out the
Oracles
2016.07.19
Let’s consult an oracle at Temples and Shrines in Japan!
Japanese people get their fortunes by consulting an oracle at temples and shrines. It’s very rare to find temples and shrines without them. Today I’d
Copper Rain Gutter
2016.07.16
Japanese architecture makes rain gutters aesthetic!
Rain gutters collect rain from rooftops and transport it to the sewer system. Japanese architecture has become more westernized and rain gutters are m
Horyuji Temple
2016.07.08
Horyuji Temple was built 1,300 years ago and is a mysterious wooden building
Horyuji temple is the oldest wooden building and was established by Prince Shotoku. It was designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1993. Nara’s
Mt.Fuji
2016.07.07
The spiritual power of words in the Japanese Language
Japan has a traditional philosophy called kotodama. People in ancient times referred to Japan as “The country where kotodama brings happiness”, and t