Thursday, December 12, 2019

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.

Iris in Wonderland Japan: What did you eat this summer?

In summer in Japan, you will sometimes find bento boxes of grilled eel rice in convenience stores, with a poster stating the “doyo no ushi no hi”. Apparently, this habit of eating eel on the...

World Heritage (8): Monuments of Ancient Nara

In 1998, eight locations were immortalized as cultural heritage sites: Gangoji Temple, Kofukuji Temple, Todaiji Temple, Toshodaiji Temple, Yakushiji Temple, Kasugaya Taisha Shrine, Kasuga-yama Forest, and Heijo-kyo Palace ruins. This cluster of Buddhist and Shinto...

Japan`s World Heritage Sites: Itsukushima Shrine – Hiroshima

Itsukushima Shrine: The Japanese Benchmark of Beauty Of all Japan's cultural heritage sites, Itsukushima Shrine is perhaps not just the most beautiful, but the most important for understanding the traditional Japanese concept of beauty. Known by its 16-meter brilliant vermillion otorii gate...

Japan`s World Heritage Sites: Monuments of Ancient Kyoto

Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto: A treasury of temples and shrines With so many gems gathered here, the sightseer's dilemma is knowing where to start! So for the time-strapped tourist, here are the top three "must see" spots. 1....

Strolling the Shotengai: Musashi-Koyama Palm

Tokyo's Longest Covered Shopping Arcade If you've done any traveling throughout Japan, you've probably come across the close cousin of the traditional shotengai shopping street: the covered shotengai, also known in Japan as the arcade. After...

Hie Shrine, Japan’s Most Urban Power Spot

A sacred shrine you reach by escalator Presiding over a steep slope in the middle of Tokyo, the Hie Shrine is probably Japan's most urban shrine. Located in Nagatacho of the Chiyoda Ward,  the shrine is surrounded by a...

Owara Kaze no Bon Festival

Owara Kaze no Bon: Enchanting evening wind festival For a dreamlike festival under the darkness of night, the Owara Kaze no Bon will take you on a time slip to Toyama's traditional past. Unlike many upbeat and...

Aomori Nebuta Festival: Week Long Street Party

Every night this week till Friday, the sleepy streets of Aomori city roar into life with the chants of "ra-se-ra, ra-se-ra, ra-se-ra-se-ra-se-ra!" and thousands of feet spring off the ground as they dance to the...

Tenkawa Shrine, Japan’s Most Seclusive Power Spot

Simultaneously valuing traditions and welcoming the new What exactly does religion mean in Japan? What is Shinto and how important is it to the Japanese? Never during my 10 years in Japan did I ask myself...

World Heritage (2): Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle: Japanese castle architecture perfected and preserved After 5 and a half years of renovations, Himeji Castle reopened to the public in March in blazing white glory, with not just repainted walls and new roof tiles,...