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.
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”
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.
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!
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.
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.
In merchant families, they often pray for prosperous business, and worship Ebisu.
[ Event ]
Ebisuko Bettara-shi / October 20 - 22
[ Ingredients ]
[ Wishing plate ]
A pickled vegetable dish made with daikon, which is harvested in autumn.
"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"
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.
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.
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!