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. […]

Japanese new year holiday 1

Japan has about 15 holidays a year, which might be higher numbers than the other countries’ public holidays in the world. And new year holiday is the most important holiday for Japanese. It is called Syogatsu in Japan, until the end of World War II, Japanese had the custom of becoming older on New Year’s […]

Fertility rate in Japan

The total number of children that each Japanese woman will have in her lifetime (total fertility rate) was 1.29 in 2004, but it has been declining since 1982. However, it has improved a bit in recent years, and in 2012 it was 1.41. This is in the top 10 of the world’s lowest countries, after […]