Wabi-sabi into the living room

The rustic and elegant craftsmanship that came to be known as wabi-sabi was a reaction to the extravagant perfection of the Chinese art and culture that gave rise to Japan’s advanced culture. In this way, Japan asserted its own aesthetics. In Japan, signs of wabi-sabi are so ubiquitous that we hardly notice them. But wabi-sabi […]

About Shoji

A shoji is a sliding screen with a wooden lattice built into a rectangular wooden frame. Washi paper is affixed to the shoji to allow gentle sunlight to penetrate the screen. A shoji is used not only as a door but also as a room divider. Unlike shoji screens, these are made of thick washi […]

Tatami

In the traditional Japanese houses of the last two centuries or so, the floors were all covered with tatami mats (earlier floors were planked or earthen floors, depending on the class), but these days it’s more common to have only one Japanese room where tatami is the norm. Some modern apartments do not have tatami […]

Japanese artists

Today, they are highly respected and their loyal customers still spend huge sums of money in tea shops and tea houses, usually to enjoy their company. Their loyal customers are mainly businessmen, politicians, or other wealthy individuals. Traditionally, all wealthy clients can seek the services of a geisha, as they wish, although the house needs […]

Exploring Traditional Japanese Culture

Japanese dolls were not meant for children to play with. In ancient times during the Meiji Period, they were used as offerings to ward off bad luck and illness, but it was not until the Edo Period that they came to be made for the appreciation of annual events such as the Doll Festival and […]

Introduction of Japanese specialties 3

The animals were rat, ox, tiger, hare, rabbit, dragon, serpent, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and boar. There are many annual events associated with this calendar in Japan, for example, on the day of the Ox in mid-summer, people eat eels to relieve fatigue. Furthermore, fortune-telling associated with this calendar is also popular. There is […]

Introduction of Japanese specialties 2

The post office receives a large number of New Year’s cards every year (about 30 per man, woman and child in Japan) and to make deliveries, they hire part-time workers, mostly students, and the post office letterboxes are dedicated to New Year’s cards. It has been modified to include an opening. New Year’s cards account […]

Introduction of Japanese specialties 1

There is a tradition to send a new year card called Nengajo in Japan. In December, we write and send a postcard as a New Year’s greeting. The cards are delivered on New Year’s Day. Generally, people wish each other a happy New Year and print or hand-paint a picture of the zodiac sign of […]

Japanese new year holiday 3

Kagamimochi are two round and flat rice cakes, a smaller one stacked on top of the larger one. Since rice farming was essential to the Japanese, it has been considered sacred food since ancient times. Kagamimochi is placed in an alcove and offered on the family altar. The rice cakes are broken by hand or […]

Japanese new year holiday 2

Hatsumode is specially opened on the night of New Year’s Eve, and some people come to worship to hear the bell of Joyanokane, which is the bell to announce the end of the year. You can also buy Omamori as a lucky charm and Hamaya as a good luck charm to ward off bad luck. […]