Traditions & History

It’s handy and smart! Kaishi-paper, sanitary etiquette for adults
It’s handy and smart! Kaishi-paper, sanitary etiquette for adults
Kaishi-paper, a folded piece of paper tucked inside the front of a kimono. When eating traditional Japanese sweets, have you ever seen them served
Goshuin, collecting insignia stamps will make your visit to temples and shrines more fun.
Make your temple and shrine visits more fun by collecting stamps!
4 Important Colors in Japanese culture
Here is an easy introduction to 4 colors that have a special value and uses in Japanese culture.
The Beautiful, Traditional Japanese Paper, Chiyogami
Colorful, Traditional Patterns on Washi Paper Chiyogami is the traditional decorative Japanese paper made from Washi paper. It features traditional
What are the Origins of Hanami, the Japanese Viewing of Cherry Blossoms?
What is Hanami? During the  very short period of spring when cherry blossom trees are in bloom,  Japanese people enjoy the traditional activity call
'Jyanken,' the hand game used for choosing a winner.
Jyanken is the standard way to resolve any simple conflict! What kind of game do you use in your country to resolve any kind of disputes? We use th
What do Trees at Japanese Shrines Symbolize?
Trees improve the attractiveness of a Shrine’s Spirituality. Some of the most popular sightseeing places in Japan are the shrines. Not only are you a
Transforming into god, human, or ghost. The world of Nogaku looking through Noh’s mask, or “Omote” is so interesting.
A variety of Noh masks or “Omote.” Nogaku has more than 800 years of history and is a traditional performance art that Japan can be proud of. On stag
The beginning of Japanese roads starts here at "Nihonbashi" in Tokyo.
Nihonbashi, where Japanese roads begin. Nihonbashi (literally, Nihon-bridge) is one of the most famous bridges in Tokyo. It was built in 1603, and wa
Noh’s main attraction is to see how humans can transform into something non-human.
The mysterious Noh theatre’s history has prospered up through today. Noh and Kyogen are collectively called “Nogaku,” or Noh theatre. It is said that
The greetings used before and after meals, “Itadakimasu” and “Gochisosama”
Greeting during meals Before eating meals, Japanese people join their hands in front of their chest and greet by saying, “Itadakimasu”. After finis
『Hanmaku』it’s a striped curtain used for special occasions in Japan
The colors are a message The Japanese use a 2 colored striped curtain for festivals, special events, and to decorate spaces. If you see this striped
Petting Beetles: The Strange Love of Japanese People for Insects
How people perceive things differ greatly depending on your culture. In Japan, people adore some insects just as any other pet. Read on to know which
"White Day," an Event for Couples Made in Japan?!
Returning the favors of Valentine’s Day We introduced what Valentine's Day is like in Japan in our last article. One month later comes March 14th
From mother to daughter. "Hina no Tsurushi Kazari" is decoratively stringing up handmade dolls to wish for a daughter’s health and happiness.
Those who are not wealthy also wish for the healthy development of their daughters. The ancient tradition of "Hina no Tsurushi Kazari" originated