Japanese culture

This is a blog post about Japanese culture. Japan is an island country surrounded by the sea and is blessed with nature. One of the characteristics of Japanese culture, which is an island country, is to cherish everything in the flow of nature without going against nature. In this article, I will explain the characteristics of Japanese culture that are faithful to this view of nature and the differences between Western culture. By all means, I would like many foreigners to know the good old culture of Japan.

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What is the meaning and origin of “Hyottoko” and “Okame”?

Have you ever seen mysterious masks when you came to Japan? Perhaps you have seen a mask called “Hyottoko”. By any chance, “Hyottoko” and “Okame” have been popular as lucky charms for a long time. Perhaps the reason for their popularity is their expressions that make you laugh unintentionally. However, the origin of their faces …

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An Overview of Japan’s Four Seasons! How wonderful are spring, summer, fall, and winter?

If you ask Japanese people, “What are the characteristics of Japan?” many may answer, “A peaceful and beautiful country,” but many may also answer, “A country with four seasons. As the name implies, there are four seasons, spring, summer, fall, and winter, and they change throughout the year. Those who have moved to Japan may …

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What is the meaning and origin of Daruma? Which way to put the eyes?

We Japanese have been familiar with Daruma-san since childhood through games such as “Niramekko” and “Daruma-san Koronda. Daruma-san has a charming appearance, and it is understandable that he is popular as a lucky charm for the New Year. They are also popular as objects to express wishes. However, Daruma-san comes in many different colors and …

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Children's Day

What is the meaning of decorating helmets and armor on Children’s Day?

Have you ever spent Children’s Day in Japan? In my case, I was impressed by samurai armor more than anything else. When Japanese people were children, they were very afraid of these samurai’s faces. They don’t even like to approach them, especially at night, and there are even children who always wonder if they can’t …

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Tourist Attractions in Japan itsukushimajinjya

Not Just Tokyo and Mt. Tourist Spots You Should Visit When You Come to Japan

Foreigners who come to Japan still have a strong image of “TOKYO” and “FUJIYAMA,” and many people say, “If I go to Japan, I want to go to Tokyo” or “I want to climb Mt. However, there are many other sightseeing spots in Japan, and there are also many spots that are “commonplace for Japanese …

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