Monday, 06 June 2016 by Kusuyama
[:en]Ukiyo-e is a Japanese traditional form of art, birthed during Japan’s Edo period. The term means “pictures of the floating world”, which is coined because the images portray the suppressed middle class people of the time. As middle class people could not rise in the social hierarchy, they were considered to be ‘floating’ through society.
Bonsai is the japanese art of growing miniature trees in containers. This art comes from the Chinese tradition of penjing, and it is a thousand years old tradition. Bonsai is the japanese pronunciation of the earlier chinese term penzai. Meaning planting in tray. They are meant for contemplation and the pleasure of growing it as
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.
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
Haruki Murakami is one of the best modern novelist in Japan. He writes brilliant , Artistic, Beautiful and Mysterious books! Highly recommended for book lovers! He has a lot of fans all over the world and there are many books translated in English. Google it NOW! He started writing novels when he was in College.
Karate (空手), also known as Karate-dō ( 空手道) “the way of the empty hand”. It is said that karate was brought to China, some fourteen hundred years ago by Daruma, the founder of Zen Buddhism in Western India. His teaching methods were so demanding until drop in exhaustion, that he developed a training system to
Japanese Martial Arts are, without doubt, a very interesting and popular subject when we talk about Japanese Culture. Basically, we can divide Japanese Martial Arts on 2 categories based on the when they were formed – Before Meiji Restoration: Koryū (古流:こりゅう) and after Meiji Restoration: Gendai budō (現代武道:げんだいぶどう) – Some of the most popular nowadays
Sometimes visiting an Onsen could seem like a difficult experience: the language, the manners, the cultural differences… But don’t be afraid! , everybody is coming to relax and enjoy, therefore the mood is very nice and it is very likely that people around you will be very helpful. Still, it is a good idea to