Traditions & History

2014.12.17
The ‘Nengajo’ Postcard: How Japanese People Send their Best Wishes for New Year
Japanese people exchange Nengajo postcards as New Year Greetings, much like Western people sending Christmas cards to each other.
2014.11.14
In Japan, there are gods everywhere... and even a “toilet god"!
The "myriad gods," called such because there are too many to count. In Japan, since ancient times people have revered things of nature or natural
2014.11.07
Japanese “kusari doi” (rain chains) lure the water drops from your rooftop down to the ground in a beautiful way
Give the rainwater which falls from your roof the chance to perform for you! Have you ever seen the chain-like ornaments which can often be found
2014.09.03
Tsukimi, the 'Moon-Viewing': How the Japanese Honor the Harvest Moon
Learn the customs and symbols for the most typical Japanese autumn celebration.
2014.08.30
How to Use your Japanese Folding Fan the Right Way
The different uses of the folding fan in Japanese culture Many people may think of the folding fan as something to put on the wall for decoration or
2014.08.19
“Shoji”, the Japanese paper doors
Illuminated by the sun during the day and by lights during the night, Shoji will lighten a room up. Have you seen a traditional Japanese house in
2014.08.16
3 Typical Souvenirs of the Japanese Summer
Are you looking for a gift? Something not too heavy and reasonably priced? Here are three traditional objects to bring back home as souvenirs of the J
2014.08.09
Obon and the Japanese traditions of celebrating the dead
Very much like the New Year, Obon is a very important familial event in Japan. Here are a few customs you may observe during this period.
2014.08.07
Sprinkling water to reduce the heat: the Japanese tradition of 'uchimizu'
“Uchimizu,” an environmentally friendly method for spending the hot summer more comfortably. When you travel in Japan during the summer you'll pr
2014.08.01
“Sanja Matsuri”, a festival with over 1300 years of history celebrated in Tokyo’s famous Asakusa district.
Asakusa’s 3 most popular days of the year when people get crazy! When asked, “What’s the most popular sightseeing area in Tokyo,” the common
2014.07.25
Ochugen, the Japanese Custom of Exchanging Gifts in Summer
Japanese custom calls for the giving of gifts twice a year to someone who is taking care of you. This duty is performed once in the summertime, call
2014.06.26
Wagashi (Traditional Japanese confectionery often served with tea)
Video You can experience making Wagashi! Wagashi is found all over Japan and is unique to each location. 400 years ago in Kyoto and Edo (now