Traditions & History

Customs for January
2015.12.30
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
Shichi-go-san
2015.11.09
Shichi-Go-San, the Celebration and Rite of Passage for Japanese 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
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
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
Red spider lilies
2015.09.20
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.
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
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.
The couple in Yukata.
2015.08.17
How and where to rent a yukata in Kyoto
Yukata is a typical kind of Kimono, worn during the summer. It used to be called yukata-bira, which were an undergarment noble people in the Heian per
Bon-odori
2015.08.12
How to join the locals and dance Bon Odori
Bon-odori can be seen everywhere during summer! Learn more about this tradition and where to see the 3 greatest bon dances festivals.
morning glory
2015.08.11
Asago or "morning glory" the beloved flower of summer!
The beloved flower of summer, the Morning Glory What kind of flowers bloom in your country during the summer? Japan is now in the middle of its sum
2015.08.10
The Japanese Tradition of Visiting the Ancestors' Graves during 'Obon'
'Hakai-mairi', or 'visiting the grave' is one of the familial important events during summer. Here is how Japanese people pay their respects to their
2015.07.15
What’s the difference between a Dashi and a Mikoshi?(MOVIE)
Dashi, A Decorated Festival Float The appearance of a Dashi and a Mikoshi are similar but their roles in Shinto celebrations are very different. As
Ema for praying for success at school
2015.07.02
How to send your wishes to the gods in a Shinto shrine
Sending your wishes to the spirits If you have ever visited a Shinto religion shrine, you may have noticed these small wooden boards hanging. They