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Dec 2, 2022

December, Japanese way of spending Christmas

Another name for the month of December is "Shiwasu". Before the New Year, it was customary in ancient Japan to mourn ...

Nov 22, 2022

Roots in the Heian Period? Japanese manga also written by Hokusai

Japanese manga is popular not only in Japan but also abroad, especially among young people. "Manga" is now a known wo...

Nov 1, 2022

November, Shichi-Go-San Festival to celebrate kids' growth

Another name for the month of November is "Shimotsuki". November in the lunar calendar corresponds to December in the...

Oct 1, 2022

October, When 8 million deities gather at Izumo Taisha

October is known as Kannazuki in Japan. There are various theories as to the origin of the name, but the most popular...

Sep 1, 2022

September, Can you see the moon rabbit?

September is known as "Nagatsuki" in Japan. It is said that the name "Yonagatsuki (month with long nights)" is abbrev...

Aug 1, 2022

August, Obon to welcome ancestors back home

Another name for August is Hazuki. August is still the hottest month of summer in Japan, but according to the lunar c...

Jul 19, 2022

Knowing Chopsticks - History and Manners of Chopstick Culture

Chopsticks are indispensable to the Japanese dining table. Their lives are said to "begin and end with chopsticks", a...

Jul 1, 2022

A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Lacquerware

The word "Japan" in English means Japan, but did you know that it also means "lacquer" or "lacquerware"? This is a re...

Jul 1, 2022

July, Lovers Meeting across the Milky way on Tanabata Day

The month of July is known as Fumizuki in Japan. There are various theories as to the origin of the name Fumizuki, bu...

Jun 14, 2022

What is Mindfulness? How to meditate for the peace of mind

People today are always busy, always on the go. Let's release our daily fatigue and tension with mindfulness meditati...

Jun 4, 2022

June, Rain falls when plum fruits are ripening

June is called Minazuki in Japan. The word is consisted of Mizu (water) + No (of) + Tsuki (month), so it is the month...

May 10, 2022

Knives inherited Katana craftmanship

MADE IN JAPAN kitchen knives are attracting worldwide attention. The sharpness by the artisan techniques polished ove...
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