Jan 05 ,2019

[Female Article] Uses of kimono obi on different occasions ~part I~

Last time, I introduced to you to the types of women kimonos and which kind of kimonos should be worn on different occasions, so I think you must have some understanding of that. For those who haven't read the last article, you can start with the article below↓

  • Traditional Culture
Jan 02 ,2019 SERIES

[ How old are you this year? Introducing the yakudoshi (calamitous years)in Japan ]

Happy New Year to everyone!
Sincerely hope all of you are better in this year.
Well, I will introduce you the Japanese cultures this time by taking"yakudoshi" as the main title.
"Taku" is a word that expresses sadness and disasters, and the words"yakudoshi" has been considered a unlucky from ancient time. "Yakudoshi" means that bad things relating to the age will happen to you. The age in the yakudoshi varies with the men and women, and the man will meet it three times, and the woman will be about four times. Moreover, "yakudoshi" is divided into three parts like the former,the middle and the latter covering the length of three years. Be sure to pay attention to such misfortune. (Yakudoshi can be found by counting the age)

  • Traditional Culture
  • Popular & Series
Jan 02 ,2019

"Hatsuyume", Ichi-Fuji, Ni-Taka, San-Nasubi(One-Fujisan, Two-Hawk, Three-Eggplant), and later?!

Do you know what kind of dream do Japanese call hatsuyume?
Although there are various sayings that Japanese treat the "dream in the evening of December 31st" or the "dream in the morning of January 2nd" as hatsuyume, but now the "hatsuyume" is generally referred to the dream in the evening of New Year's Day to the morning of the January 2nd.

  • Traditional Culture
Dec 27 ,2018

【Male Article】Type and Difference of Kimono

Last time we introduced to you the type of women kimonos, then this time will be the Male Article.

  • Traditional Culture
Dec 18 ,2018

The definition of beauty!? What kind of women does Yamato Nadeshiko refer to?

Have you heard of the word "Yamato Nadeshiko"? This is a word people used from ancient times to take Nadeshiko (a kind of flower) as a metaphor for the beauty of Japanese women. But do you properly understand what kind of women it refers to? Read this article to get the meaning of it correctly and try to use it when praising women!

  • Traditional Culture
Dec 13 ,2018 SERIES

[ Greeting Culture in New Year's Holiday ]

Greeting cultures are very popular overseas, in Japan, there are also some cultures of sending letters (postcards). With the changes of season, there are summer greetings and winter greetings in Japan, among them, the most necessary and important greeting is the "Greeting Cards".

  • Japan Trend
  • Traditional Culture
  • Popular & Series
Dec 01 ,2018 SERIES

[ The coming of winter, how to spend winter solstice ]

The winter solstice is the day when the sun elevation is the lowest and the sunshine duration is the shortest of the year in the northern hemisphere. In terms of sunshine time difference, it will be nearly five hours in Tokyo, while more than six hours in Hokkaido.

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  • Popular & Series
Nov 30 ,2018

The Meanings Behind Traditional Japanese Patterns That Even Japanese People Don't Know!? ~Part.3~

This time in the third part we would like to introduce to you the traditional Japanese patterns with the motif of creatures (plants, flowers, animals and insects) and their symbolism.

  • Traditional Culture
Nov 17 ,2018

Japanese honourable hairstyle! The origin of samurai's "chonmage"

Chonmage is a characteristic hairstyle of samurai. In the eyes of modern people, such hairstyle is undoubtedly full of personality, then why does Japan have this kind of hair culture? This time let's explore the origin of chonmage.

  • Traditional Culture
  • Fashion & Makeup
Nov 01 ,2018 SERIES

[ Let's celebrate the Shichi-Go-San Festival ]

Seven-five-three, what do you think of these numbers? In fact, this is the number that represents the age of the child. In Japan, Shichi-Go-San Festival will be held annually on November 15 to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children. But why such festival is for 7 years old,

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  • Popular & Series
Oct 23 ,2018

【Female Article】Type and Difference of Kimono

Kimono is not only good-looking, it is also a clothing that attaches great importance to "kaku" (rank). For this reason, depending on the occasion, the kimono shall be divided into a high rank dress and fashion dress worn in daily life. This detailed distinction in use gives a different meaning to the kimono.

  • Traditional Culture
Oct 01 ,2018 SERIES

[ The Japanese unique culture in autumn? Sports Meet! ]

In last article, Yuko introduced the national holidays in Japan, among them, do you still remember the Health-Sports Day? During this period when both temperature and humidity are all just right, an activity called "sports meet" will be held in all Japanese schools. It is said that this activity originated in the United Kingdom and Germany, but it is only Japan that has survived it as a culture. This time, I will introduce such "sports meet" to you.

  • Traditional Culture
  • Popular & Series