Nov 30 ,2019

Energetically and Healthily! Radio Calisthenics

During summer holidays, children have to go to do the radio calisthenics with their attendance cards hanging around their necks, but they're often oversleeping. This is a scene often seen in some anime which depicted the daily life of Japanese children, such as Doraemon and Sazae-san.
Doing the "radio calisthenics" is a typical summer activity in Japan.
Every morning during the summer holidays, from 6:30 am, both young children and the elderly gather together and stretch themselves along with the music from the radio, and a new day begins.

  • Traditional Culture
Nov 21 ,2019

【Comic】Even Americans Are Shocked by Japan's Strange Culture【Culture Shock】

On the net, differences between one's country and other countries are often compared, but Japan is often compared with America. This is because Japanese culture and personality are almost ""completely contrary"" to American.
Let's learn something about the strange culture of Japan together with today's character, American student “Amy”

  • Traditional Culture
Nov 20 ,2019

Small Omotenashi - Oshibori

Do you know oshibori?
To put it simply, oshibori is a mini-towel provided to customers mainly in restaurants. Before enjoying the delicious food, wipe your hands with it and then you can say "Itadakimasu". This is very common in Japan.
In addition, when you finally arrived at the inn for that night after a long, happy journey, a warm oshibori provided by the landlady would make you relax; or when you finished haircutting at a beauty salon, you could wipe your face with an oshibori given by the salon to refresh yourself after sitting for too long. Oshibori is not only a small hospitality offered by the shop side, but also an item that softens customers' hearts.

  • Traditional Culture
Nov 20 ,2019 SERIES

Do you know about the 7 Autumn flowers? Even most Japanese people don’t know everything about them!

As autumn’s chills continue to get colder, the time to warm up with a nice bowl of rice porridge is drawing near.

In Japan, it’s tradition to eat a mix of 7 spring herbs on the 7th of January in a ritual meant to ward off illness and bad luck, but did you know autumn has 7 plants too? Unlike their spring counterparts that ward of illness, these 7 are meant to be enjoyed by looking at them.

Without further ado, allow me to introduce these 7 wonderful flowers!

  • Traditional Culture
Nov 15 ,2019 SERIES

Japanese Soul Food -Annual Event- : November - Sekihan [ Japan Culture Project ]

Since the old days, people have been celebrating "Kamioki" when a child turns 3, "Hakamagi" when a boy turns 5, "Obitoki" when a girl turns 7, expressing gratitude for their children's growth.

[ Event ]
Shichi-Go-San / November 15th

[ Ingredients ]
Red beans, Sticky rice

[ Wishing plate ]
Made to celebrate and with feelings of gratitude for children's growth.

  • Traditional Culture
  • Food & Sweets
Nov 06 ,2019

Special Episode: The secret of samurais that are loved despite having no form

When Japan is mentioned, there are probably many people who will immediately imagen a "samurai".

Due to modern laws, it's no longer possible to see a samurai walking around with a katana and topnot.
Many sports teams though, such as Japan's soccer team "Samurai Blue", and Japan's baseball team "Samurai Japan", carry the name of "samurai", and stand as a symbol for the Japanese who compete through sports.
These athletes continue to cary on the samurai's way of thinking and behaving.

  • Traditional Culture
Oct 19 ,2019 SERIES

Japanese Soul Food -Annual Event- : October - Bettarazuke, Ebisu-kou [ Japan Culture Project ]

In merchant families, they often pray for prosperous business, and worship Ebisu.

[ Event ]
Ebisuko Bettara-shi / October 20 - 22

[ Ingredients ]
Daikon

[ Wishing plate ]
A pickled vegetable dish made with daikon, which is harvested in autumn.

  • Traditional Culture
  • Food & Sweets
Oct 17 ,2019

Completely Opposite! Differences Between Japanese and Americans [7 Differences]

"When coming to differences between foreign countries and Japan, people often compare ""America"" with Japan
Take a close look and you will be shocked by the fact that Japan and America are really ""completely opposite"". This time, I'm going to introduce you 7 things totally different between Japan and America"

  • Traditional Culture
Oct 10 ,2019 SERIES

Even the Japanese Don't Know!? Methods and Types of Watoji ~Part2~

It is a bookbinding method which forms a pattern looking like the Japanese pattern “Asanoha” (hemp leaf).
“Asanohagara” (hemp leaf pattern) is a geometric pattern based on the regular hexagon from ancient times in Japan. It is so named for its shape similar to a hemp leaf.
In the past, there was a custom in Japan to make a newborn baby swaddled in the cloth with hemp leaf patterns. During the old days when the mortality was quite high, this pattern conveyed people’s desire to raise healthy children and sweep away ill fortune.
It may be more like a kind of decoration when used in the process of bookbinding, but I, the writer of this article, like its cute look very much.

  • Traditional Culture
Oct 08 ,2019 SERIES

Even the Japanese Don't Know!? Methods and Types of Watoji ~part1~

Watoji (Japanese bookbinding) was originally introduced into
Japan from China in the early Heian period, and gradually
formed its Japanese characteristic. Nowadays, there's very little
chance to see watoji, right?
Here I would like to explain some methods and types
of watoji that even the Japanese don't know.

  • Traditional Culture
Sep 18 ,2019 SERIES

The Birth of Nanakon

  • Traditional Culture
Sep 14 ,2019 SERIES

A Magnificent and Gorgeous Festival! Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri

Do you know the festival “Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri” held in Osaka?

Danjiri Matsuri boasts a culture and history of about 300 years, and is held in Kishiwada in southern Osaka. It is said to have its origin in Inari-Sai (Festival of the Grain God), which had been held to pray for a rich harvest of grain. It is one of the most famous festivals in Japan, with its performance full of excellent speed and power attracting tens of thousands visitors come to Kishiwada every year!

  • Traditional Culture
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