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The cherry blossom season has come in Japan!

Related posts: Sakura (cherry blossoms) 2014 The foliage season The foliage season has come! The season of swallows Sakura (Japanese Cherry) […]

Cleaning your kimono & obi outside Japan

You might have your favorite and precious kimono or obi which are made of silk and wonder how to clean them. Cleaning kimono is very delicat […]

KIKU (Chrysanthemum)
KIKU (Chrysanthemum)

Chrysanthemum blooms in autumn and is the representative flower of Japan as well as Sakura and the symbol of longevity. Its motif is used fo […]

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Edo Moji/ Edomoji (Edo Style Characters) – Kanji & Hiragana

Edo Moji (Edo Style Characters) is a generic term of designed characters which were mainly used in Edo period (17-19C). It has various kinds […]

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Luxury Glassware- Sumida Glassware Market

Go treasure-hunting! Glassworks such as luxury crystal cut glass or handmade ornaments by high-skilled glassworkers at a bargain price. In d […]

Tie-dyeing Obiage with Sakura wood chip!

Preparation | Spot patterns | Stripe pattern | Abstract pattern | Hexagon & square patterns | Dyeing & Coordinating with Kimono and […]

Chichibu Whisky Matsuri (A whisky festival in Japan)

A whisky festival, “Chichibu Whisky Matsuri (festival)” has been an annual event in Chichibu (Saitama pref.), where one of the famous Japane […]

Sanada, the best warrior in Japan

What is Sanada clan? | Rokumonsen, their crest | The best warrior in Japan | Sanada Strap What is Sanada clan? The land of Sanada’s or […]

Hitoe kimono for June and September

Kimono without liner is called “Hitoe”, which means single cloth. As a custom, hitoe kimono is only wearable in June and Septemb […]

Rare Japanese Sake using the best water in Japan

As Japanese sake is made from only rice and water, these 2 elements are the most important. There is a good Japanese sake (rice wine/nihonsh […]

Japanese Folktale Series #1 “Such a Face”

What kind of face would appear? A traditional Japanese falktale which has been handed down in Wakayama pref. ****** Once upon a time, in a c […]

Tsubame (Swallow)

Swallows come to Japan at the end of spring, and they spend a summer and raise chicks. They usually build a nest of mud and grasses around h […]

Kaminari (Thunder & Lightning bolt)

KAMINARI motifs Square-cochleate design. Some of them form one combination pattern. It also is known as a Chinese traditional motif. “ […]

Sakura (cherry blossoms) 2014

In early April, sakura, the cherry blossoms are in full bloom in the Kanto region. Their beautiful appearance attracts many people. If you c […]

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Hanafuda (Japanese playing cards)

About Hanafuda | How to play | Combo About Hanafuda Hanafuda is a Japanese traditional card game. It is a braingame by reaching a deduction […]

Sakura (Japanese Cherry)

We can see various motifs of sakura in many things. In many primary school, teachers affix such stamps to evaluate students results of homew […]

Cho (Butterfly)

The motif of butterfliy has been used on various things. Related posts: Japanese Traditional Colors – Overview Hitoe kimono for June a […]

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Yukiwa (Snow Wreath)

The shape of the snow crystal is usually a concentric and hexagonal. The “Snow Wreath” is a stylized motif of the snow crystal, […]

Japanese Traditional Colors – Achromatic color

ACROMATIC COLOR (Black, White and Gray) The range of achromatic color is very wide. Many grayish colors were expressed as the colors of Japa […]

Japanese Traditional Colors – Purple

PURPLE We can say purple is the most noble color. (“Kodai-murasaki”is the most typical.) Since ancient times, purple has been the noble colo […]

Japanese Traditional Colors – Blue

BLUE Since ancient times, blue has been liked by the common people while purple has been a noble color. Especially, “ai-iro” line is one of […]

Japanese Traditional Colors – Green

GREEN Most of the greenish colors were generated by vegetation, and their names were also derived from vegetation as well as birds. *An exam […]

Kumo (Clouds)

In ancient times, the Chinese people performed augury by observing the figure or color of clouds which climbed toward the sky from mountains […]

Seigaiha (Blue sea and waves)

Geometrical or repetitive patterns are fine and repeating, and often used for the background of the main motif to enrich the total design. T […]

Onsen Tamago

In many onsen resorts, you can see “Onsen Tamago” (hot spring eggs) sold. “Onsen Tamago” is boildegg, made by dippin […]


Nanten is regarded as a lucky tree which changes bad luck to good luck. It bears red fruits in Autumn and they grow to about 0.5 centimeters […]

Usagi (Rabbit)

Rabbits have been popular with many Japanese people, and their motif has been used on various items such as table wares, kimono, obi and gen […]


What is Yuzen? | How to dye Yuzen | Products | Other Yuzen What is Yuzen? Yuzen is one of the tipical way of dyeing fabric. It’s said […]


Eating soba | Let’s make soba! | How to boil soba | Tools for making soba Eating Soba Soba is one of the most favorit food of either f […]

The Types of OBI

OBI Fukuo-obi / Nagoya-obi / Hanhaba-obi Designs of OBI Zentsu-gara / Rokutsu-gara / Otaiko-gara Fukuo-obi “Fukuro” means a bag […]

The Types of KIMONO

Index Contents Dyeing Piece-dye / Yarn-dye Tailoring Awase / Hitoe / Usumono & Seika Time, Place and Ocasion Furisode / Tomesode (Black) […]

Omamori (Amulet)

Amulet Many kinds of amulets such as road safety, the welfare of the household, scholarship etc. are sold in a shrine or a temple. But it&#8 […]


What is Omikuji? Omikuji is called “Fortune telling paper” and usually taken as a fun, but it is a message from the gods and ver […]

Japanese Traditional Colors – Yellow

YELLOW In the ancient times, yellowish colors were generated by cape jasmine or chinese corktree. It is not clear why yellow is called “Ki(- […]

The foliage season

The foliage season has come in Japan. (in middle of November) We can see and enjoy the beautiful color of leaves anywhere! Related posts: Sa […]


What is Ryokan? When you travel to Japan, you can stay in a hotel which provide modern services and building, or “Ryokan” which […]

Sake (Nihonshu)

SAKE (NIHONSHU) Japanese Sake is a brewed beverage in which rice, water, and rice koji (microorganism) are contained, and it is also used fo […]

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What is SAMURAI? “Samurai” refers to the warriors who put sword(s) on and exceled in swordsmanship, archery, equestrian skill, l […]

Japanese Traditional Colors – Brown & Orange

BROWN & ORANGE “Daidai” means a bitter orange. “Cha” of “Chairo” means Japanese green tea, and brownish colors were generated by decocte […]

Japanese Traditional Colors – Red

RED In the ancient times, reddish colors were generated by Akane (Rubia akane) or Benibana (Safflower). Purple is known as the noble color a […]


There are many historical temples in Japan. Pass under a gate called “Sanmon” and go into the temple ground. At the both side of […]

Edokomon – Kimono

The feature of Edokomon (Edo-komon) is tiny and elaborate design dyed with pattern papers called “Ise-Katagami” as well as saras […]

Features of Japanese ANIME

The features of Japanese anime have close relationship to the process of production. * The style of most works is “Limited animation&# […]

Anime? Japanimation?

The Japanese Animation has been developed in a different direction from other countries’ animation and had a unique style. The animate […]

How to bathe in Onsen

There are some manners to take the water. They have something in common with the manners in Sento (public bathhouse). Before bathing : You m […]

Benefits of Onsen

The size of bath tubs are variable. As a large one, its capacity is several dozen of persons, in contrast a small one, a few persons. And va […]

Ume Liquor/ Ume Wine (Plum Liquor/ Plum Wine) – Japanese Umeshu

“Umeshu” is a kind of liquors that is made from green ume and alchohol content of around 70-80 proofUS (60-70 proofUK), and typi […]

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Spitchcock is one of the most popular Japanese foods. It’s grilled and put mop sauce. The recipe of the sauce is secret and varies by […]


We see many beautiful cherry blossoms in April. Related posts: Hitoe kimono for June and September The foliage season has come! Hanafuda (Ja […]

hakone kaiseki

“Kaiseki (ryori)” is one of the Japanese traditional style of cuisines, originated in Tea Ceremony. First, appetizers are follow […]

Unique Quality of Japanese MANGA and ANIME

Japanese Manga and Anime are not only entertainment but something which enlight us via their stories. The themes of such Manga or Anime are often sports or school life, however, many SF or action stories also tell us something. We can learn team work, friendship, tender thought, the meaning of life etc.

Sarasa Komon – Kimono

What is Komon? ” Komon” is one of kimono types, which has little patterns in whole. And the patterns are regardless of position while homongi or tsukesage has upward patterns.


There are numerous Shinto Shrines and Buddhism Temples in Japan and they are integrated into people’s everyday life. There is a little […]

Onsen – What kind of Onsen do you go?

“Onsen” is a Japanese natural hot spring and mostly therapeutic. Since Japan is located in one of the world’s premier volc […]

About Japan 1 – General Character & Religious Beliefs

General Character Originally, Japanese have been agricultural people, this have had a profound influence on the culture and the way of livin […]

Japanese Traditional Colors – Overview

Here is introduced the fascination of the Japanese traditional colors. You must feel the rich terms of the names and its beautiful color tap […]

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