Traditions & History

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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
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
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
2016.07.18
A short introduction to Shinto, Japan's oldest religion.
To the rest of the world, Japan is often perceived as Buddhist country. The truth is Buddhism arrived in japan around the 6th Century. Before that, Ja
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
Title
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