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Coming of Age Day

Coming of Age Day, Seijin no Hi, is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January.…

January 15, 2014
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Hagoita

A hagoita is a rectangular board with a handle used for playing a New Year game called hanetsuki. It…

December 28, 2013
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Asakusa Samba Carnival

Last Festival of Summer The largest samba carnival in Japan is a perfect finale to summer in Asakusa.…

September 13, 2013
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Wagashi

Wagashi is a traditional Japanese confectionery which is often served with tea, especially the types…

June 22, 2013
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Sakura in Tokyo

The North-Eastern moat of the Imperial Palace known as Chidorigafuchi is one of the most famous…

April 5, 2013
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Rickshaws

The word Rickshaw originates from the Japanese word jinrikisha/human,  riki/power,  sha/vehicle, which…

January 28, 2013
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Omikuji – Fortunes

Omikuji 御御籤, 御神籤, or おみくじ o-mikuji are random fortunes written on strips of paper at…

January 26, 2013
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Kimono

The word kimono consists of two parts, ki wear and mono thing, thus meaning a thing to wear. A…

January 14, 2013
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Ikebana

H i s t o r y  o f  I k e b a n a Ikebana, one of the…

December 31, 2012
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Shimekazari

In welcoming the New Year, shimekazari hung over the front of the house to mark it as a sacred…

December 25, 2012
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Hanatoro

Kyoto Arashiyama Hanatouro Hanatouro is an event where the ancient capital of Kyoto, which has 1,200…

November 3, 2012
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Head in the Clouds – Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma & Associates. Kuma’s stated goal is to recover the tradition of Japanese buildings…

October 14, 2012
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Last Dance Of Summer

Awa Odori Tokushima festival features folkdances performed to welcome the souls of ancestors in the Bon…

August 24, 2012
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Tsukimi

Tsukimi 月見, the moon-viewing, is a festival related to the moon phases, which takes place on the…

August 6, 2012
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Japanese Tattoo

Japanese tattoo art has several names – irezumi or horimono in the Japanese language. Irezumi is…

July 18, 2012
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Floral Designer Makoto Azuma

A collaboration with floral artist Makoto Azuma French champagne house Perrier-Jouët has teamed up with…

September 21, 2012
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Tanabata Matsuri – Star Festival

Tanabata is a Japanese tradition wherein people write their wishes on tanzaku papers colorful, small…

July 11, 2012
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Peony

The Peony flower is among the longest-used flowers in ornamental culture. It is a traditional floral…

June 28, 2012
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Joji Kojima

Lady Gaga is famous for wearing outlandish things, but ever wonder where she gets them? Introducing Joji…

June 6, 2012
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Tomita Lavender Fields

The central Hokkaido town of Furano’s popularity stems from the lavender flowers that bloom there.…

May 22, 2012
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Modern Japanese Garden Design

This modern Japanese garden design by former Greenwich landscape architecture student Haruko Seki of…

May 1, 2012
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Kanda Matsuri Festival

One of the most famous festivals of Tokyo, Kanda Matsuri is also ranked among the three largest…

April 30, 2012
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Boiling Eggs

Japan is a volcanic active country. Onsen is Japanese and means hot springs. There are thousands of…

April 19, 2012
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Chawan – Tea Bowl

A chawan or tea bowl is a bowl used for preparing and drinking matcha in the Japanese tea ceremony.…

April 19, 2012
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Oiran Dochu

]おいらん道中  A woman performs as an Oiran a group of high-class courtesans from the Edo period,…

April 16, 2012
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Tulip Festival in Japan

One million tulips of 450 different varieties, of varied colors and shapes, beautifully bloom in Tonami…

April 12, 2012
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Jotaro Saito

Jotaro Saito was born in Kyoto and into a family that built the foundation of modern dyeing. Since his…

April 8, 2012
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Cherry Blossom – Sakura

Many parts of the world are celebrating the opening of cherry blossoms as the first sign of spring.…

March 25, 2012
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Hina-Matsuri

This is a festive event held on March 3rd when hina ningyo dolls are decorated in homes where there…

March 1, 2012
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Takonori Aiba – Bonsai Trees

In the mythical small Japanese trees, he has built entire worlds along the crooked branches. →…

February 21, 2012
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Sapporo Snow Festival

The first Sapporo Snow Festival was held in Odori Park in 1950, with only six snow statues made by…

January 30, 2012
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Washi Ningyo

Ningyo means human figure in Japanese. There are many types of Japanese traditional dolls which are made…

January 15, 2012
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Sumo

Sumo is a type of wrestling and the players participating in this Sumo game are called as wrestlers. The…

January 9, 2012
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Make-up Kits

If you’ve seen the film “Memoirs of a Geisha“, from which our cover image was derived,…

November 11, 2011
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Yosakoi

Yosakoi (よさこい) is an unique style of dance and a modern rendition of a tradition summer dance,…

October 18, 2011
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Shichi-Go-San

Shichi-Go-San (七五三 seven-five-three) is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan…

September 10, 2011
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Nishijin Brocade

Nishijin Ori is the most famous brocade in Japan. The roots of Kyoto’s Nishijin brocade go back 1,200…

September 9, 2011
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Awa Odori

Tokushima festival features folkdances performed to welcome the souls of ancestors in the Bon season,…

August 2, 2011
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Edo Furin

Sounds of Summer Edo Furin, Wind Chime were made as far back as 1600 and are thought to have been…

July 28, 2011
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Geisha FAQ

Geishas compared with a Maiko/Geisha apprentice is less showy. A Geisha kimono is usually a strong base…

June 22, 2011
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Kanji

The word kanji is the Japanese version of the Chinese word hànzì, which means Han characters. Han…

June 22, 2011
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Tsukubai

Japanese water basin tsukubai with a bamboo fountain can bring a unique look and feel to the garden…

June 22, 2011
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Japanese Garden Art

Karesansui, meaning dry garden in Japanese, is better known in the West as Zen garden. Its deep…

June 17, 2011
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Kusamono

Kusamono Kusa = Grass, mono = thing is planted a plant or several. Combinations of grasses with…

June 16, 2011
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Matcha

Matcha, rubbed tea, is a Japanese green tea powder used primarily in the Japanese tea ceremony but also…

May 21, 2011
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Maki-e

Maki-e was created by the Japanese around 1400 years ago. Maki-e is a unique art form of sowing gold…

May 18, 2011
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Shishi Odoshi

Means deer scarer, a japanese invention. After enough water fills the bottom bamboo stalk, the weight…

May 17, 2011
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Beppu Onsen-Beppu Hell

Why is this hot springs blood red?  The pond is blood red because of the high iron oxide, hematite…

May 16, 2011
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Obi

Obi are the belts worn by Japanese women when they wear kimono or Yokata. This decorative belt is…

May 16, 2011
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Tsumami-Kanzashi

This creative hair pins of silkflowers are created by Japanese artisans from squares of silk by a…

May 16, 2011
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Modern Geta

Geta are a form of traditional Japanese footwear that resembles both clogs and flip-flops. They are a…

May 15, 2011
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Ama Divers – The real Mermaids

Ama 海女 means Women of the Sea These women who, like mermaids are sovereign through the water in…

April 24, 2011
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Tea Ceremony

Sen Rikyu, the 16th-century tea master who perfected the Way of Tea, was once asked to explain what this…

April 22, 2011
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Oiran

Oiran were high-class courtesan or prostitute in the Yoshiwara pleasure district of Edo, Tokyo. Arose in…

January 19, 2011
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Neck Symbols

The white makeup covers the face, neck, and chest, with 2 or 3 unwhitened areas forming a W–V…

January 11, 2011
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Maiko

Teahouse were primarily designed to serve tea and Dango/Rice cake to people who visited a holy place…

December 11, 2010
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Geisha Lips

Want an all-natural lip color that lasts look no further then to the beautiful Geisha. Beni the…

November 11, 2010
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Erikae

An Erikae is the debut of a new Geiko/Geisha, in which she will wear her most formal kimono and…

October 11, 2010
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FAQ

Geishas compared with a Maiko/Geisha apprentice is less showy. A Geisha kimono is usually a strong base…

September 11, 2010
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Origami

Origami originated in China as Zhe Zhi, in the first or second century AD, and it reached Japan in…

May 12, 2010
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Sake

It is the western collection name on a Japanese alcoholic beverage brewed by polished rice. This is just…

April 20, 2010
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Tea Flower

Cha-no-ki – Tea tree – Camellia sinensis Tea, the most loved and utilized plant in Camellia…

June 16, 2009
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Wagasa

As the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years 794-1868, Kyoto has been the center of nearly every…

June 12, 2009
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Wooden Shoes

Okobo are wooden sandals worn by Maiko is a Japanese language word for dancing girl and is an apprentice…

June 12, 2009
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Japanese Fan

The earliest representations of fans in Japan, whether it be a Japanese wall fan or a Japanese hand fan,…

June 11, 2009
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Kurokawa Onsen

Photo → here Japan is known for its hot springs, you can swim year round natural healthy spa. Onsen…

April 19, 2009
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Japanese Bath Tubes

Hinoki – The Japanese Cypress Tree Furu project -> Hinoki bath has its origin in Japan. The…

April 19, 2009
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Crane

Un Kaku, the white crane and the white cloud, again evokes a feeling of harmony and joy. The voice…

December 27, 2007