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

Weddings and Nodategasa
2016.07.06
Japanese umbrella scenery in Japan
During the rainy season, you’ll pass by people with umbrellas walking along the street. In Japan, we have Western umbrellas imported from England an
senja-fuda
2016.06.29
Have you ever wondered what these stickers are in Japanese temples and shrines?
During the Edo period (1603 to 1868), visiting temples and shrines to make a wish for their well-being was popular among the people at the time. Peopl
Teru Teru Bozu
2016.06.23
The Japanese custom “Teru Teru Bozu”, making a doll for good weather the next day
Have you ever seen this doll hanging in someone’s window in Japan? You may see them during the rainy season. This very old custom is called “Teru Teru
title_ajisai
2016.06.22
'Ajisai': Hydrangea, the flower of the Japanese rainy season
What kind of colors and shapes are hydrangeas in your country? Did you know that the original species of hydrangea is actually in Japan? The Japanese
Herding deer
2016.04.03
Deer herding to the beautiful sounds of a horn in Nara!
Herding deer started in 1892 with the establishment of a shelter for deer called Rokuen. The building was lost during the war, but rebuilt, and they h
A Gun shooting game
2016.01.25
3 Classic Childrens' Games at Japanese Traditional Festivals
1: Goldfish scooping Kingyo-sukui, goldfish scooping is one of the most typical booths at Japanese summer festivals. There usually is a water tank wi
2016.01.24
Exclusive street food, let’s try it out at a festival!
Takoyaki is a must eat! Takoyaki is a piece of octopus deep fried, in a salty batter. You eat them with green seaweed, red ginger, and dried bonito f
Drying rice plants
2016.01.22
Did you know that straw is made from a rice plant?
Nothing is wasted and very eco-friendly Rice is harvested during the fall in Japan. You can see people drying rice plants after harvesting the rice f
Milling matcha
2016.01.12
Want to experience intense tea culture in Kyoto? Let’s mill matcha with a stone mill!
A rare experience, milling matcha yourself Do you know what matcha is? It’s newly harvested tealeaves, processed with stone mills. Nowadays its pac
torii gate
2016.01.10
Ujigami Shrine is the oldest Shinto architectural structure in Japan that enshrines rabbits!
The oldest Shinto architectural structure Byodoin is a famous place drawn on the 10-yen coin. Ujigami shrine is located near Byodoin, and is only a
平等院
2016.01.08
The image of Byodoin is on the 10-yen Japanese coin. It’s the land of perfect bliss that noble men dreamt about 1,000 years ago.
A shrine connected with FUJIWARA, a noble man from the Heian period Byodoin is a famous architectural structure from the Heian period (704~1192). I
Tea house
2015.12.16
”Byodoin Omotesando”, the Green Tea Street in Uji, (Kyoto area)
The keyword in Uji city is 茶, or ‘tea’. If you visit Byodoin Omotesando street, you will often see this Japanese character 茶, pronounced ‘cha’. It m
南禅寺水路閣
2015.11.17
“Suirokaku”, the Aqueduct in Nanzen-ji Temple
# A peculiar sight in Kyoto The bridge reminds us of Roman structures, but was designed by a Japanese, Sakuro Tanabe in the 1890s. Tanabe was only 2
Visitors looking at the Hojo garden.
2015.11.08
The most noble temple in Japan “Nanzen-ji Temple”, has more to offer than just gardens!
“Nanzen-ji Sanmon” is one of the three largest gates in Japan, at a height of 22 meters! Once you step inside the Nanzen-ji precinct, the large san
hot pot
2015.11.03
A Japanese hot pot will raise your spirits during the cold winter!
The hot pot will warm your body! Japanese people love eating the hot pot dish during the cold winter months and share it with each other over dinne