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New Year's in Japan I J-Life International

New Year's in Japan

In Japanese, New Years is known as shōgatsu  正月, and it is the most important holiday of the year in Japan.  Many of the traditional holiday celebr...
Rohatsu I J-Life International

Rohatsu

What is Rohatsu? Rohatsu is the celebration of the day the Buddha reached enlightenment according to the Zen Buddhist Tradition.  This day is also ...
Labor Thanksgiving Day I J-Life International

Labor Thanksgiving Day

Labor Thanksgiving Day is a Japanese holiday that celebrates labor, production, and is meant as a time for citizens to give thanks.  It is called K...
Halloween in Japan I J-Life International

Halloween in Japan

Halloween is, surprisingly, widely celebrated in Japan.  Despite not being a traditional Japanese holiday it has been broadly accepted and celebrat...
Six Elements of Japanese Architecture I J-Life International

Six Elements of Japanese Architecture

1. Wood One of the principal elements of Japanese architecture is the use of wood.  Wood is by far the most common material used.  The use of wood ...
Autumnal Equinox Day I J-Life International

Autumnal Equinox Day 秋分の日

The Autumnal Equinox is the day the sun crosses over the equator from the northern hemisphere to the southern.  On this day the sun rises exactly i...
Respect For The Age Day I J-Life International

Respect For The Age Day

Respect For The Age Day, 敬老の日, Keirō no Hi,  is a national public holiday in Japan that is meant to honor and respect the nation’s older citizens. ...
Kadō "Way of Flowers" I J-Life International

Kadō "Way of Flowers"

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement.  The word translates to “arranging flowers” or “making flowers alive”.  This practice is also ca...
Our Favorite Traditional Japanese Dishes I J-Life International

Our Favorite Traditional Japanese Dishes

In Japanese the traditional cuisine is called Washoku 和食とは.  It roughly translates to harmony (or Japan) with/ in food.  The traditional cuisine is...
History of Futons I J-Life International

History of Futons

Futons have been used in western culture (particularly the United States) for several decades.  However, the entire idea behind the “futon” began i...
Mountain Day I J-Life International

Mountain Day

Mountain Day is a Japanese Public Holiday that was established in 2016.  It is the youngest public holiday that the country celebrates.  Traditiona...
Japan vs. the West: Kitchens I J-Life International

Japanese vs. Western Kitchens

Japanese kitchens are central to the home.  In Japanese the kitchen is called the kamado.  Not only is this space important for food preparation bu...