Traditions & History

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.  Before, peop
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
Customs for December
2015.11.28
【WINTER】Japanese Customs for December
We refer to December as “Shiwasu”. In Japan, we usually ‘tie up loose ends’ in the old year to have a more refreshing New Year. We visit people who
2015.11.20
If you want to know more about festivals in Japan, The Machikado Exhbition Hall in Kabuto-cho/Kayabacho is for you!
You can take a closer look at traditional mikoshi, dashi and costumes! Tokyo is a very interesting city where modern and traditional culture mix to
Shichi-go-san
2015.11.09
【AUTUMN】Shichi-Go-San, the celebration for children
It’s a day to celebrate children’s growth. If you visit Japanese Shinto shrines in November, you'll be luck as you will probably see children dress
Customs for November
2015.10.30
【AUTUMN】Customs for November
Discover the traditions you can't miss if you're in Japan in November!
takaranokama
2015.10.28
Make your own Japanese pottery at “The Takara Pottery Studio Experience”
It’s easy enough, even for a beginner! Let’s drop by a pottery class while sightseeing in Kamakura. Takara Pottery Studio is about a 10-minute walk f
2015.10.07
(Oct 10-11th)A must-see event for Busho buffs! The Battle of Sekigahara festival will be held at Sekigahara, Gifu.
The most popular event in Sekigahara town, Gifu Prefecture is the Battle of Sekigahara festival! This event makes you feel as if you were back in time
Athletics day
2015.10.07
【AUTUMN】Autumn is the season for Athletics! “Athletics day” is held in local areas and at schools.
The season for “Athletics day” has arrived! We have a saying in Japan, “Autumn is the season for Athletics.” It suggests that autumn’s climate is s
Substitute monkey
2015.10.04
“Substitute monkey”, the amulet that’s hung in front of houses in Nara.
The monkey came to Japan via a silk road!? When you walk around the town of Nara, you’ll notice that there are several stuffed toy monkeys hanging
The Seven Deities of Good Luck
2015.09.26
Have you ever heard of Kannazuki? It’s the month when all Japanese gods go to one place in Japan!
What’s Kannazuki? Most Japanese people have heard about “Kannazuki”, but they seldom know what it actually means and what it’s derived from. Kannaz
2015.09.25
【AUTUMN】Customs for October
Learn about the Japanese holidays and traditions for the month of October. Did you know you're supposed to change your wardrobe on October first?
Red spider lilies
2015.09.20
【AUTUMN】Ohigan, the little know tradition of visiting the graves
Read about this typical celebration for the dead, a unique mix of Buddhism and Japanese Shintosim.