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Culture

Koenji Awa Odori Festival And Related Events

Koenji Awa Odori Festival is a popular 2-day festival taking place in August. In this article we'll explain the history of the event and explain how you can learn the Awa Odori yourself!
History

History of Japan: Heian Period (794-1185)

The Heian Period in Japan started in 794 and lasted for about 400 years. It is considered as a turning point in Japan for cultural and political aspects. Here we introduce the brief history of the Heian Period.
Culture

How to Become “Maiko”, Apprentice Geisha, in Japan

The glorious world of Maiko looks perfect, but becoming Maiko is another story. Years of hard work and strict training, what process should it take to become Maiko, teenage apprentice Geisha in Kyoto?
Culture

What Are Elementary Schools Like in Japan?

When you look at what Japanese elementary schools look like, you will understand the Japanese culture and custom more clearly. Since JET programme, the English teaching program is a very popular way to move to Japan for internationals, this article is a good start to understand the unique system of Japanese elementary school.
Religion

5 Hidden Buddha Statues “Hibutsu” in Japan

Hibutsu literally means “Secret (hidden) Buddha statues” that can be found at some Buddhist temples around Japan. As you can infer from the name, usually they are not opened to the public, keeping them hidden for certain reasons. We introduce 5 beautiful Hibutsu which you can see every year for a limited period. Here is the introduction to the Hibutsu, and where and when to see them!
Events

The Three Great Festivals Of Japan

Japan held a ton of festivals each year. Here’s a quick rundown of the three major festivals of Japan and how you can enjoy them.
History

History of Japan: Taisho Period (1912-1926)

Taisho period is a short period between 1912 to 1926 in Japan. Many dramatic changes had been made across the political, economic and cultural fields during the period. In this article, we introduce the brief history of the Taisho period that gave a huge impact on Japanese lifestyle.
History

7 Unique Elements of Japanese Traditional Architecture

Japanese traditional architecture is one of the most distinct features of Japanese culture and you can find unique elements of architecture in castles, temples, shrines, and also homes. But what is the meaning behind it and why the structure has been developed like that?
Religion

Animal Statues at Temples & Shrines in Japan

At most shrines and and temples throughout Japan you will find some animal statues. In this article we explain the meaning behind these statues and provide you with some great places to visit!
Religion

What Are Jizo Statues? Why Are They Found on the Streets?

You can find Jizo statues, the guardian deity of children and travelers, everywhere on the streets in Japan. In this article, we briefly introduce what Jizo statues are, and some famous temples where you can see unique Jizo statues in Japan.
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