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Maneki Neko 招き猫 - The Fortune Cat

Maneki Neko I J-Life International I photo by: https://livejapan.com/en/in-tokyo/in-pref-tokyo/in-tokyo_train_station/article-a0000697/
Maneki Neko cats, also known as lucky cats, are a popular charm in Japanese culture.  It is a talisman that is believed to attract good luck and fo...

Benefits of Sleeping with Silk

Benefits of Sleeping with Silk I J-Life International
There are many health benefits to sleeping with silk.  Silk is naturally hypo-allergenic meaning that it is some of the best for asthmatics and all...

National Foundation Day

National Foundation Day I J-Life International
Japan’s National Foundation Day, Kenkoku Kinen no Hi, falls on February 11th every year.  It is the country’s day of national celebration and a pop...

Why Shikifutons Are Better

Why Shikifutons Are Better I J-Life International
There are many reasons why traditional Japanese shikifutons are better for us than western style mattresses.  One of the biggest reasons to choose ...

Setsubun (節分, "seasonal division")

Setsubun I J-Life International
Setsubun-sai is an ancient Shinto celebration that became popular in the 13th century.  It marks the start of the new year and is celebrated early ...

All About The Zabuton

All About The Zabuton
Zabutons are the traditional cushions used in Japanese culture.  Originally the zabuton was seen as a respectful symbol of power and was used to we...

The Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony I Jlife International
Drinking tea in Japan has a long and interesting history.  Tea was first introduced to Japan by China during the Heian Period.  In the 13th century...

Caring For Your Shikifuton

Caring for your Shikifuton I JLife International
The traditional Japanese mattress, the shikifuton, is made with all natural cotton and no synthetic materials.  Because of this, they require a bit...

What is Coming of Age Day?

What is Coming of Age Day in Japan I JLife International
What is Coming of Age Day? photo source: https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-51091877 Coming of Age Day, Seijin no hi, is a traditional Japanese ...

Japanese Principles of Design

Japanese Principles of Design I JLife International
Japanese design and aesthetics vary greatly from western culture.  Traditionally known as Wabi- Sabi, the ideas of Japanese design were heavily inf...

Tatami Mats

Tatami Mats I Jlife International
Tatami mats were once considered a luxury item in Japanese households. More recently they have become popular additions to both Japanese and Wester...

The Benefits of Sleeping with Buckwheat Hull Pillows

The Benefits of Sleeping with Buckwheat Hull Pillows
Soba Gara Makura -Japanese buckwheat pillow and neckroll. The Japanese started using buckwheat as a filling for their bedding around 600 years ag...