We'd like to introduce something about ""washitsu"" this time.
Well, a washitsu is a room unique to a traditional Japanese house. So there is another term for it called nihonma. Today, a Japanese style rooms is also called a washitsu, but it basically refers to a room with tatami mats.
Speaking of washitsu, we should have to mention tatami.
Summer in Japan means; yukata season!
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed when buying or renting a yukata?
So many designs, colors, patterns, not to mention picking the right hairdo, shoes and accessories... how to make the right choices?
In Japanese schools, students do cleaning by themselves and eat the same lunch in the same place, and the school year begins in April.
There are many cultures and customs that are different from your country.
We have written an article on Japanese schools!
Why not read it and compare Japanese school life with your student days!
Otsukimi, "moon viewing", is called the 15th night, and formerly the day of the "feast of moon-watching" in Heian period. People have been enjoying the beauty of the full moon on this day since ancient times. The Heian nobles composed poetry in competition with each other while gazing at the moon. On Ohigan, the night becomes equal to the day in duration, while the Sun rises due East, and sets due West.
According to Buddhism, the azimuth of the setting Sun marked the direction to Sukhāvatī, or the Western Paradise, so this festival reflected the desire for the people's own ancestors' souls to travel there, as well.
Obon festival is a religious ceremony to welcome the ancestors and their spirits as they return to their homes during the festival time.
[ Event ]
Obon(Bon Festival) / Depending on provinces, July 15th (New Bon) on the new calendar or August 15th (Tsukiokure Bon).
[ Ingredients ]
Summer vegetables(cucumber, eggplant, pumpkin etc.)
[ Wishing plate ]
Cuisine without any meat or fish in accordance with the Buddhist precept to not destroy life.
Chances are you've heard the term "yamato nadeshiko" or just "nadeshiko" mentioned in regards to anime, manga or games before. But just what type of character does this term refer to?
Have you ever seen a scene like this in dramas or anime?
On a quiet, sunny afternoon, an old lady sits on the Engawa and sips the tea, enjoying the beautiful yard leisurely. Or young people sit on the Engawa, eating juicy watermelon and talking about their summer memories lazily. Exactly the unique scene in Japan!
So let’s learn something about Engawa this time!
The YUKATA is one of the traditional clothes in Japanese style.
It's lively that lots of people are wearing YUKATA at various activities that are held in the summer.
YUKATA is more like a magic cloth which makes women look more pretty and men look more handsome!
In the last article, I introduced to you a real organic matcha cafe shop called "THE MATCHA TOKYO OMOTESANDO". If you want to know the specific menu of this store and its unique features, please click to see Part.1!