Traditions

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
2014.08.02
【SUMMER】”Watermelon splitting”, a popular game in Japan
Can you split a watermelon with a stick blindfolded? During summers in Japan, watermelon is a favorite snack and the game of watermelon splitting
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
【SUMMER】Ochugen, The gift of 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
2014.06.28
Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre
【Photo by Yuri Suzuki】 The oldest theater in Japan built in the birthplace of Kabuki Kabuki started about 400 years ago and the drama-dance ar
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