One mother was exhausted both physically and mentally every day.

“A mother’s days can be hectic and physically and mentally exhausting.Even if the mother complains to her mom friends that “”My siblings go to different daycare centers and it’s really hard, “”she’d just be told””Hmm. That must be tough.”” And that’s all they’ll say.But they don’t really know what’s so hard about it. They’ll never […]

Some fathers are trying their best to help with childcare.

The term “ikumen” is wrong. Fathers should take care of their children, too.‚ÄĚSuch criticism can make fathers feel trapped.Fathers are also trying their best to raise their children as well as they can.In Japan, the term “ikumen” has been used for a long time (it has been popular since 2010), but on the other hand, […]

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 […]