Friday, February 21, 2020

Culture

From omotenashi and kimono to anime and cosplay, explore the fascinating world of Japan’s cultures and subcultures as well as the intricate aspects of Japanese traditions and customs.

Akashiya Fude Pens

A stroke of genius for the modern age In this day when even ball pens are facing extinction from touch screens and keyboards, rediscover the textile pleasures of brush and ink on paper with Akashiya’s...

Japanese crafts from the past that are right in the now

Japanese crafts from the past that are right in the now   Would you have imagined that the skills involved in creating designs for the kimono can be transported to decorations for a leather iPad case?...

Picturesque Japan: The Takachiho Gorge

Like magic to your eyes Located on the north edge of Miyazaki prefecture on Kyushu Island, the Takachiho Gorge is without a doubt, one of Japan's most impressive natural landscapes. With dramatic cliffs, verdant forests, an...

Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri Festival

Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri Festival is designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Assets. Neputa is a huge fan-shaped lantern with a depicted image of warlords or legendary heroines set on the...

Feng Shui City, Edo

Edo is the old name of the city now called Tokyo. It is a historic name, rather like Lutecia for Paris or Constantinople for Istanbul. It is a little known fact that Edo was...

Gion: Geisha Street In Kyoto

Gion, one of the symbols of Kyoto, was founded in the Middle Ages in front of the Yasaka-jinja Shrine. It is a brilliant geisha district located on both sides of the Kamo-gawa River. The...

Himeyuri War Memorial

Located in southern Okinawa, Himeyuri no To (Himeyuri War Memorial) was established for the 219 high school students and teachers of the First Prefectural Girls’ High School and Women’s Normal School, who sacrificed their...

The Hakone Open-Air Museum

The Hakone Open-Air Museum opened in 1969 as the first open-air art museum in Japan, consisting of five exhibition halls. There are as wide as 70,000 square meters grounds of lush greenery and permanent...

Nara National Museum

The Nara National Museum, situated in the Nara Park, is one of the four prominent national museums in Japan, along with Tokyo, Kyoto and Kyushu. It houses about 1,400 collection items which are extensively...