Traditions & History

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
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
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
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