Culture

Culture

Bonsai Tree – A Traditional Japanese Art Form

Bonsai are an Japanese form of art with a long history, here we'll explain everything there is to know about the miniature trees!
Customs

The 10 Best Private (Tattoo Friendly) Onsen in Japan

Onsen (hot spring) is a big part of Japanese culture that you can enjoy during your stay in Japan. However, if you have tattoos, you may find it difficult to find tattoo-friendly onsen since it's strictly forbidden. In this article, we listed the best private onsen in Japan for those who have tattoos!
Culture

What is a Geisha? History of Geisha and Where they are Today

The distinct white makeup, elegant kimonos, and elaborate hairstyles- Geisha are iconic to the image of Japan's heritage But what are geisha and where are they today? Read along and we’ll talk about the origins of geisha and where they can be found today today.
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Events

What is Japanese Festival, Matsuri?

Throughout a year, there are several festivals held in Japan. In this article, we introduce the history, origin and purpose of festivals in Japan!
Religion

What is Torii Gate? Meaning, Types and Facts

Torii gate is the gate which stands at the entrance of shrines in Japan. But what is the role and meaning of torii gates? Here is a complete guide to torii gates in Japan!
Customs

All About the Japanese Bathing Culture – and the best places to go near Tokyo!

Taking a bath is s very popular Japanese custom that plays an important role in the Japanese culture. Many Japanese take a bath on a daily basis. Here we'll go over the meaning of a bath, the history and the differences between a sento and an onsen.
Events

10 Best Summer Fireworks Festivals in Japan in 2024

During the summer in Japan, you can see stunning firework displays at different places almost every weekend. Here we have listed the best and most beautiful fireworks festivals in Japan!
History

Modern History of Japan: From Late 19th Century to Present Day

What happened in the modern history of Japan? Here is a brief overview of Japanese history from the late Edo period to the present day.
Religion

What is Shinto? Finding the Japanese Religion in Everyday Life

Shinto (or Shintoism) is a major religion in Japan. Even though people in Japan are not religious, Shinto is rooted deeply in daily lives without realizing it. In this article, we explained the concept and history of Shinto and where to find these beliefs in Japan, even in the popular Ghibli films.
Events

How to Celebrate Children’s Day in Japan

On May 5th, it's Children's Day in Japan. It is deeply connected to Shinto and traditional custom wishing for a good health and happiness for children.
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