Yayoi Kusama (草間 彌生 or 弥生 Kusama Yayoi, born March 22, 1929) is a Japanese artist and writer. Throughout her career she has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art, and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. A precursor
Temizu. This photo was taken of a hand washing basin in Japan, the basins are used to perform Temizu. When visiting shrines in Japan you should rinse your hands and mouth from the water of the purification fountain before entering. The water is meant to cleanse and remove impurity. You should first wash your left
Kappa (河童, “river-child”), alternatively called Kawatarō (川太郎, “river-boy”), Komahiki (“horse puller”), or Kawako (川子, “river-child”), are a yōkai found in Japanese folklore, and also a cryptid. Their name comes from a mixture of the word “kawa” (river) and “wappo,” an inflection of “waraba” (child). In Shintō they are considered to be one of many suijin
Hōryū-ji (法隆寺, lit. Temple of the Flourishing Law) is a Buddhist temple in Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, Japan. Its full name is Hōryū Gakumonji (法隆学問寺), or Learning Temple of the Flourishing Law, the complex serving as both a seminary and monastery.
The Great Wave off Kanagawa (神奈川沖浪裏 Kanagawa-Oki Nami-Ura?, “Under a Wave off Kanagawa”), also known as The Great Wave or simply The Wave, is an ukiyo-e woodblock print by Japanese artist Hokusai, published sometime between 1830 and 1833, in the late Edo period as the first print in Hokusai’s series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
Ayano Tsukimi (64) is living in Nagoro, a village in eastern Iya on Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan. Not many people are still living there. For those who die or move away, Ayano Tsukimi is making lifesized dolls in their liking and puts them in places that were important to them.
Folding fans are commonly used to make wind especially in summer. However, it is never used in a single way. Construct Folding fans are usually shaped like picture 1. With several sticks, made from bamboos or other woods, are tied up and fixed into one point called KANAME. Japanese paper is used to attach on these sticks, so that when you open the fans, paper will turn out to be in a zigzag shape. Then it can be fold up and is easier to carry. Folding fans and Japanese culture Anciently, folding fans were called OUGI and were used as a tool for communication. Such as writing Japanese poems on it or decorated with some flowers as presents, which can be found in the Tale of Genji. Of course, depending on types, they appear in numerous ways through Japanese people’s life. Here are several types: Natsu Ougi is the most common type, which can be found in convenient stores, 100 yen shops and any where selling everyday life goods. It is called “Natsu Ougi (Summer folding fan)”, because Japanese people like using it in summer. Natsu Ougi (Summar folding fan) Huyu Ougi Compared to Natsu Ougi in summer, Huyu Ougi, which means Winter Folding Fan, is totally a different story. Huyu Ougi includes Hi Ougi and Cyukei, mainly appear in big ceremonies. Cyukei is also used for performing arts, such as Noh theater and Noh farce, while Hi Ougi appears mainly in Imperial Household and god related activities. Hi Ougi setting by
Miso soup (味噌汁 misoshiru) is a traditional Japanese soup consisting of a stock called “dashi” into which softened miso paste is mixed. Many ingredients are added depending on regional and seasonal recipes, and personal preference. In 2003, researchers at Japan’s National Cancer Centre suggested that “eating three or more bowls of the Japanese delicacy Miso soup
The Japanese school uniform is modeled on European-style naval uniforms and was first used in Japan in the late 19th century. Today, school uniforms are common in many of the Japanese public and private school systems. The Japanese word for this type of uniform is seifuku (制服). Since some schools do not have sex-segregated changing-
Happy Hinamatsuri for all girls around the world! \(^o^)/ Hinamatsuri (雛祭り), also known as Girls’ Day, is a special day in Japan, celebrated each year on March 3. Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display beautiful sets of ornamental dolls (雛人形 hina-ningyō) representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court