Traditions & History

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
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
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
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2016.06.03
Experience traditional Japanese crafts near the Tokyo Sky Tree Tower! 5 shops and studios, including workshop information
The Tokyo Sky Tree Tower is such a modern building and consists of cutting edge technologies. By contrast, the surrounding areas still retain the down
leather01
2016.05.14
Japanese Leather craftsmen who produce some of the best quality leather in the world. [Fujitoyo Factory]
This time the Tadaima Japan Editorial team visited the Fujitoyo Factory, which processes exotic leather such as crocodile, python, and lizard; from st
sumo
2016.04.27
Sumo: Japanese wrestling with a real fighting spirit.
Sumo wrestlers wear topknots and traditional loincloths on the tournament ring that follows customs dating back to the Edo period. Sumo is a real figh
Customs for February
2016.01.28
【WINTER】Japanese Customs for February
Wed, 3rd February: Setsubun Setsubun is a day that marks the changing of the seasons, and especially marks the day before Risshun, the day when spr
A Gun shooting game
2016.01.25
【SUMMER】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
Customs for January
2015.12.30
【WINTER】Japanese Customs for January: Happy New Year!
1st January to 7th January, The first visit to a shrine Hatsumode, or the first visit to a shrine, is a custom for new year in Japan. We wish for s
ikebana
2015.12.28
Trying Ikebana for the first time
Here we go! This time, I visited the Ichiyo School of Ikebana. They often participate abroad in exhibitions and demonstrations for Ikebana. Ichiyo
winter solstice
2015.12.17
【WINTER】Keep your body warm during the winter solstice
Winter solstice is a day when sun the is reborn. The 22nd of December is the winter solstice. It is the shortest day of the year in Japan, and aft