Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Traditions

In Japanese society, tradition is of the upmost importance and even modern traditions are held with reverence as being integral to the Japanese way of life. Everything from businesses, celebrations, shopping and food are effected by and display the various traditions important to the different elements of this timeless society.

All About Geisha Banquets

Life as a geisha is often busy with organizing events, and as usual, this week I am busy with organizing banquets for the week ahead. Banquets are the main thing that geisha do, but...

The Takaoka Traditional Crafts Tour

More than anything—yes, even Doraemon—Takaoka is a city of craftsmanship. In particular, metalworking here dates back to the Edo era, when it was designated as an industrial zone under the ruling Maeda lords. Over 400...

Training Through Tohoku (4): Traditional Crafts

The Tohoku Traditional Crafts List A cute hand-carved figurine or hand-stitched gift makes for a great keepsake in your living room display case or for daily use, and there's no lack of such creative crafts...

Matsumoto Must See Sights

Matsumoto City is probably most well-known overseas for its historic castle, the Matsumoto Castle, which is over 400 years old and a National Treasure of Japan. Nagano's second largest city also has lots else...

Life inside the Flower and Willow World

Becoming a geisha In my geisha house I will be taking a new hangyoku (maiko) trainee in this month. What kind of girls become geisha trainees in this day and age? Usually they are girls...

Training Through Tohoku (1): The Must Do List

Tohoku - the northeastern region of Japan's main island -  is most enjoyable in autumn, when this scenic area is aflame with fall colors, and its famed fruits and seafood are in full harvest. And...

Japan`s World Heritage Sites: Kumano Pilgrimage Route

The World's Most Picturesque Pilgrimage If you take just one pilgrimage - or perhaps just a long hike - in your life, you won't find a more scenic one than here. Though a slight trek off the...

World Heritage (10): Shurijo Castle

Japan is a land of castles, some like Himeji Castle, which is also registered as World Heritage. But to see the country's most visited castle, you'll have to travel all the way down to Okinawa, for a...

World Heritage (9): The Shrines & Temples of Nikko

Shrines & Temples of Nikko: Enter into Edo Excellence  As 2015 marks 400 years since the death of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo era who is enshrined here, there's no better time to...

Watching Sumo Live Up Close–A “Masu” Do!

Watching sumo from the best seats Just like in any other sport, getting front seats to watch the matches is an almost impossible task. In sumo, these seats are called Sunakaburi (literally translated as "sand...