Traditions & History

washi
2014.12.16
Ogawa city, Saitama Prefecture is home of ”Japanese paper,” registered as intangible cultural assets.
“Japanese paper” is registered as intangible cultural heritage for its thinness, strength, and beauty. On November 27th, 3 types of Japanese pape
ama
2014.12.10
The town with more "ama" in Japan - Toba-Ise Shima, Mie Prefecture -
Are they fishermen? Divers? Mermaids? What are "ama"? "Ama" are women free divers who make a living by diving to the bottom of the sea in search
shiwasu
2014.12.09
In Japan, December is a busy month in which the teachers run to and fro!? "Shiwasu"
Teachers are so busy that they run all over the place!? It's already December, isn't it? What kind of season is this in your country? In Japan, D
2014.11.14
In Japan, there's 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
2014.09.19
2016 marks the anniversary of the 400-year history of Arita-yaki, the genesis of Japan’s proud porcelain industry!
The birthplace of porcelain that graces Japan’s dining tables. What is Arita-yaki, which has been loved the ages? Arita-yaki, a local industry th
2014.09.10
【SUMMER】Let's listen to the “voices of the insects” and enjoy Japan's rich nature and soul.
■The Japanese feel that insects, also have a “voice.” As autumn draws near, you can start to hear all kinds of insect cries in the evenings. When
2014.09.05
Beyond Words: Nude Friendship at the Bathhouse.
If you want to catch a glimpse of daily life in Japan, visit a bathhouse! In older day Japan, many houses had no bath. So where did they bathe? O
2014.09.03
【AUTUMN】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
【SUMMER】7 Japanese traditions for "Obon", honoring the spirits of the ancestors
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
【SUMMER】Reduce the temperature by two degrees just by sprinkling water? A traditional piece of cooling wisdom.
“Uchimizu,” an environmentally friendly method for spending the hot summer more comfortably. When you travel in Japan during the summer you'll pr
2014.08.05
【SUMMER】Radio Taiso
How about waking up early and joining a local radio exercise class to invigorate yourself? The long summer break for school children begins in Ju