Traditional Japan

Culture

The History of Geisha: What are Geisha and where are they today

The distinct white makeup, elegant kimonos, and elaborate hairstyles- Geisha are artisans and purveyors of traditional Japanese culture. But what is Geisha and where are they today? In this article, we’ll talk about the origins of geishas and where to find them today.
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!
Places to visit in Tokyo

Where to See Authentic Traditional Japan Around Tokyo

For those who want to experience authentic Japanese culture, you just have to know where to look. In this article, we will introduce several places around the Tokyo area to experience the authentic tradition of Japan.
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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.
Food & Drinks

What is Kaiseki? Complete Guide to Beautiful Art of Japanese Cuisine

Kaiseki is a traditional Japanese cuisine which consists of serval dishes using seasonal ingredients and represent a spirit of wabi-sabi. In this article, we explain what is kaiseki, offer you some helpful tips and recommend some of the best restaurants in Tokyo.
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?
Religion

5 Hidden Buddha Statues “Hibutsu” in Japan

Hibutsu literally means secret (hidden) Buddha statues that are only opened to the public for limited times. Here're 5 beautiful Hibutsu that you can see relatively easier in Japan.
Experiences

How To Do The Shikoku 88 Temples Pilgrimage

Ohenro pilgrimage is an amazing circular route stretching 1,200km across the Shikoku region. Here we have listed how you can complete this spiritual journey yourself!
Chubu

8 Best Things To Do In Hida Takayama

Hida Takayama is a beautiful city full of historically important buildings in the northern Japan Alps of Gifu. Here are the best places that you shouldn't miss in the area!
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