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3 Reasons to Sleep on a Shikifuton

In Japanese culture, concepts of minimalism and the philosophy of “less is more” have been the standard for thousands of years. Japanese people hav...
Tatami Mat Care Guide

Tatami Mat Care Guide

The tatami mat is a traditional Japanese flooring that has served many purposes withinin Japanese homes, temples, and businesses for centuries. J-L...
Obon Festival: The Buddhist Holiday Dedicated to Celebrating Ancestors

Obon Festival: The Buddhist Holiday Dedicated to Celebrating Ancestors

What is Obon? Obon Festival (お盆), or “Bon” as it is also known, is a 3-day lantern festival celebrated annually in mid-August across Japan that is ...
3 Reasons Why Japan Loves Cats

3 Reasons Why Japan Loves Cats

If you go anywhere in urban Japan or consume Japanese media, you may have noticed the frequency in which cats (猫; neko) appear. From cat-human hybr...
The History of 7 Common Traditional Japanese Fabric Patterns

The History of 7 Common Traditional Japanese Fabric Patterns

Founded in 660 BC and ranked as having the third highest GDP in the world, Japan is one of the oldest and most prosperous modern nations. After ove...
Ocean Day: Japan's Celebration of its Maritime Heritage

Ocean Day: Japan's Celebration of its Maritime Heritage

Ocean Day is a Japanese national holiday dedicated to showing gratitude for the ocean and acknowledging the role it has played in the island nation...
Everything You Need to Know About Norens: the Traditional Japanese Room Divider and Curtain

Everything You Need to Know About Norens: the Traditional Japanese Room Divider and Curtain

You may have noticed, perhaps while traveling or in different forms of media, Japanese homes and businesses often have vertically slit fabric curta...
Getting the Most out of Your Shikifuton: 5 Alternative Uses for Your Japanese Mattress

Getting the Most out of Your Shikifuton: 5 Alternative Uses for Your Japanese Mattress

The Japanese traditional shikifuton is a sleep system composed of the shikibuton sleeping mat (mattress) and kakefuton (duvet), which is then laid ...
Sanja Matsuri: The Biggest Annual Festival in Tokyo

Sanja Matsuri: The Biggest Annual Festival in Tokyo

What is Sanja Matsuri? Annually, during the 3rd weekend of May, Tokyo becomes host to one of the largest festivals the Japanese capital city puts o...
History of the Bonsai Tree

History of the Bonsai Tree

The Japanese bonsai tree (盆栽) has become a recognizable image around the world. They conjure up images of finely manicured miniature Zen gardens, a...
Showa Day in Japan: An Observance of Emperor Hirohito's Birthday

Showa Day in Japan: An Observance of Emperor Hirohito's Birthday

Considered the oldest standing monarchy in the world, Japan has had a long line of celebrated emperors that began in approximately 660 BC with the ...
Elements of Traditional Japanese Dining and How to Set a Japanese Table

Elements of Traditional Japanese Dining and How to Set a Japanese Table

The Japanese have long been known for their outstanding attention towards detail in all aspects in their lives and culture. From personal appearanc...