Traditions & History

2018.11.08
A Short Introduction to Jizo, the Japanese Guardian of Travelers and Children
When traveling in the Japan, you may see statues dressed with a red cloth. They are representations of Jizo, the Buddhist divinity most loved by Japan
2018.10.15
Tsuruga Castle, the Japanese castle that Resisted Attacks for a Whole Month
One thing I enjoy doing while traveling through Japan is to visit its dozens of castles. Although quite a few are modern replicas, they are beautiful
2018.09.03
The Samurai Museum: An Exclusive Shinjuku Experience Nearly 700 Years in the Making
What are the first things that come to mind when you think of Japan? Chances are that “samurai” was one of the first words that popped into your head.
2018.08.30
Interview of Taihei Tsunekawa, tatami craftsman
Meet Mr. Tsunekawa, a tatami craftsman in a small, 160 years old workshop in Tokyo.
2018.08.28
How to use Japanese chopsticks the right way
Here are the do's and don't of Japanese chopsticks! Learn how to avoid making cultural mistakes while eating with Japanese people.
2018.08.18
4 Must-See Festivals in and around Shinjuku
In Japan, summer is synonymous with festivals, and Tokyo is no exception. From shrine celebrations to massive fireworks displays, not even scorching t
2018.08.06
【SUMMER】The 17th Annual Shinjuku Eisa Festival: Experience the Spirit of Okinawa in Shinjuku
Every year, on the last Saturday of July, the streets of Shinjuku are transformed by the sights, sounds, and spirit of Okinawa. The Shinjuku Eisa Fest
2018.07.18
[VIDEO] Exclusive Interview of Chie, the Singing Mangaka
Chie is a 'Nagashi' artist: she wanders the streets of Arakicho and plays her traditional instrument in the local bars to entertain the customers. She
2018.04.17
The Goshuincho: A Necessity for Japan Travel Enthusiasts
When it comes to things that I wish I had known before visiting (and eventually moving to) Japan, the goshuincho, a book used for collecting ink stamp
2018.03.03
My Experience of Being Dressed by a Kimono Professional
Kimono is probably one of the most famous Japanese words, an emblem of the traditional Japanese culture worldwide. Consequently, it is very understand
2018.02.16
My stay at Tadaima Japan Shinjuku Ryokan
You’ve probably heard about it: Tadaima Japan has opened its own ryokan at the end of last year in the middle of Araki-cho (Shinjuku district, in Toky
2018.01.23
How to Bathe in Japanese Public Bathes and Onsen
‘Do you prefer taking a shower or a bath?’ If you have the opportunity to communicate with Japanese people, this question might pop up during the co
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2017.04.14
Let’s find Onigawara! A part of traditional Japanese architecture at temples in Nara!
When visiting temples in Nara Prefecture, you’ll see ‘Onigawara’ on the roof tops and on the ends of the ridges of a gate. Onigawara is a roof ornamen
2017.04.13
Feel the Samurai soul and learn how to use Samurai sword in Japanese traditional martial art “Iai”!!
Ryusei-kan(龍正館) aims to pass down the Japanese traditional culture and spirit correctly by Iai-do and swordsmanship. This time, I will tell you abou
2017.02.19
Roof tiles that ward off evil called Shōki-san. Tips for finding Shōki-gawara in the Naramachi area!
“Naramachi” is a district that covers one fourth of the south side of the old town of Nara city, and many townhouses from the end of Edo Period to the