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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...
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...
The Modern Day Zen Garden

The Modern Day Zen Garden

The Zen garden (枯山水, karesansui) as we know it today came to be around the 11th century. Also referred to as Japanese dry gardens or Japanese rock ...
Hinamatsuri - Doll's Day

Hinamatsuri - Doll's Day

Hinamatsuri, also called Doll's Day, is a religious holiday in Japan, celebrated on the 3rd of March of each year. Parents pray for the health, gro...
The History of Sake

The History of Sake

Some countries have beer, some have wine, and Japan has sake. Sake is the traditional alcoholic beverage of Japan. It is believed that a distant re...
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...