Traditions & History

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
2015.10.06
[GINZA, Tokyo]New Tea Ceremony Room “GINZA CHAZEN” to Open on Oct. 8 for Foreign Tourists
New Tea Ceremony Room "GINZA CHAZEN" to Open on Oct. 8 for Foreign Tourists TOKYO, Oct. 5, 2015 CHAZEN & Co. CHAZEN & Co. will open a new tea cerem
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.
kendama
2015.09.19
“KENDAMA”is now a trendy sport! I went to see the world championship! (MOVIE)
“KENDAMA” is a new kind of sport! The Japanese toy, “KENDAMA”is now popular all over the world! For Japanese people, Kendama reminds them of somethin
Respect for the Elderly Day
2015.09.15
What is “Respect for the elderly Day“? It’s literally a day to show respect to all elderly people!
September 21st is the day for it in 2015! Respect your elders! National holidays are always a big part of history and culture in any country. Respe
2015.09.08
【AUTUMN】How to Enjoy the “Chrysanthemum Festival” on September 9th
The September 9th and the chrysanthemum flowers are said to bring good luck. Here is why.