Jul 11 ,2019

Beautiful Japanese-style Architecture - Roof-

One of the features of Japanese-style architecture is its magnificent roof. When you see Japanese temples and shrines such as Nikko Toshogu Shrine, Sensoji Temple, Kaminarimon Gate and Meiji Jingu Shrine, you will definitely notice the heavy roof first.
Today we will introduce something about the charming roof in detail!

  • Traditional Culture
Jul 06 ,2019

Not only fashionable and good-looking! The "greatness" of "Randsel"!

Not only in Japan, the "Randsel" of Japanese schoolchild is also a popular fashion item overseas. In Japan, such rigid Randsel is a bag for primary school students to put school supplies. Therefore, it is not only fashionable and good-looking, but also fully considers the functionality and practicality for primary school students, which is carefully crafted by professional craftsmen. This time, I'd like to introduce to you the "greatness" of such schoolbag.

  • Traditional Culture
  • Fashion & Makeup
Jul 02 ,2019 SERIES

Japanese Soul Food -Annual Event- : July - Tanabata Noodles [ Japan Culture Project ]

One of the five seasonal festivals. It takes its beginning in a Chinese tradition, occurring as the Cowherd star crosses the Milky Way by the bridge of magpies' wings spread wide, to once a year meet the Weaver star and enjoy their brief time together.

[ Event ]
Tanabata Festival / July 7th

[ Ingredients ]
Somen (white noodles) and Summer vegetables such as cucumber

[ Wishing plate ]
Somen noodles are likened to thread in honor of Orihime, the goddess of weaving.

  • Traditional Culture
  • Food & Sweets
Jun 29 ,2019

It is not the Wasabi! Ah, that's the the incomparable Japanese spirit, ""Wabi-Sabi"".

Do you know the word "侘び寂び(Wabi-Sabi)"? Wabi-Sabi is one of the representative aesthetic consciousness of Japan. However, because Wabi-Sabi is an advanced concept based on the spirit of "Zen", even many Japanese cannot truly understand the meaning of it.

  • Traditional Culture
Jun 28 ,2019

[Voice of Experience] Culture Shock! Summarize the marvels that foreigners have encountered in Japan

Although the Japanese feel themselves a normal, natural group, yet in the eyes of foreigners coming to Japan, there are still a lot of wonderful cultures which are hard to understand.

  • Traditional Culture
Jun 14 ,2019

Enjoy the four seasons! What is the "Koromogae" Culture?

It is in June now, and it is scorching heat.
Have you worn summer clothes?
In Japan, most schools and companies require students and staff to change their winter clothes to summer clothes during this period, we call it "Koromogae" Culture. Then this time I will tell you such "Koromogae" Culture.

  • Traditional Culture
  • Fashion & Makeup
Jun 13 ,2019 SERIES

[ A day that is easy to forget? Celebrate Father's Day in June ]

The second Sunday of the past May is the "Mother's Day", Now, it is June, the Father's Day is coming up soon. Then do you know that the third Sunday of June in Japan is Father's Day? Besides Japan, other countries such as the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom have also designated the third Sunday of June as Father's Day. In some countries, the date and origin of the Father's Day are different.

  • Traditional Culture
  • Popular & Series
Jun 13 ,2019

A Trip to Sendai~Part Two~Getting Closer to Masamune DATE!

Masamune DATE was a well-known daimyo in the Sengoku Period, although he is not as famous as Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, yet many of us have heard of his name. It is said that Date family had risen in the Kamakura period, while in the Sengoku Period, due to the achievements and greatness of his ancestors, this family became a established family with a vast territory (now the Tohoku Region in Japan). Born in such family, Masamune DATE became the 17th generation owner of the Date family when he was only 18 years old.

  • Traditional Culture
  • Spot & Travel
Jun 04 ,2019 SERIES

Japanese Soul Food -Annual Event- : June - Seven-Herb Rice Porridge, Minazuki [ Japan Culture Project ]

In the past, ice was a precious commodity. The tradition of saving ice from the winter and presenting it to emperors and generals lead to the creation of this event. Buildings and caves in which this ice was stored were known as ice houses, or himuro.
Afterwards, any food that was cut into trapezoids and made to look like ice was called an ice house, or himuro.

[ Event ]
Himuro no Sekku / June 1st

[ Ingredients ]
Mochi, Red beans and Eggs

[ Wishing plate ]
Food and candy are made to look like ice in hopes of feeling cool and refreshed.

  • Traditional Culture
  • Popular & Series
May 28 ,2019

Spend the baiu season happily! Five recommended items

May is going to be ending, and June is coming soon. In Japan, there is a rainy season called "baiu" in June. During this period, it is rainy, broke hot and sultry, the clothes, shoes, etc..will also be wet out. This is a season of inconvenience.

  • Japan Trend
  • Traditional Culture
May 21 ,2019

[Chinese characters]Japanese opinions!Nicely meaningful and cool Chinese characters[11 selection]

Chinese characters were used in China around 3,500 years ago, and now there are about 11 countries still use Chinese characters, which form a "Chinese character culture circle". Even overseas, Chinese characters are very popular, some overseas celebrities even have tattoo of Chinese characters on their body. People also like wear the T-shirt and accessories with Chinese characters which have been presented as omiyage! However, for the Chinese characters with strange meaning, it will make matters worse! For those who are troubled by this, the author has consulted and collected 11 Chinese characters that are also very cool from the Japanese locals!

  • Traditional Culture
May 18 ,2019

Ah, the incomparable sado(tea ceremony) world... Inviting you to the ""quiet"" world (Part 1)

Hello, dear readers. Do you know the "sado"? Sado is a kind of Japanese traditional art culture and ceremony that has inherited since ancient times. This time I want to give you a brief introduction to the etiquette of sado.

  • Traditional Culture
  • Food & Sweets