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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...
Buddhism in Japan I J-Life International

Buddhism in Japan

According to tradition the founder of Buddhism, Siddartha, was born in 563 BCE in what is now considered to be southern Nepal.  He was a prince who...
What's in a Tatami Mat? I J-Life International

What's in a Tatami Mat?

Tatami mats are the traditional flooring used in Japan.  Originally, tatami was only used amongst the rich and upper class but during the Muromachi...
Three Reasons You Need To Be Using Chopsticks I J-Life Internattional

Three Reasons You Need To Be Using Chopsticks

Lowers Glycemic Index (GI) of Food One of the biggest health benefits of using chopsticks is that it lowers the Glycemic Index of the food we eat. ...
Traditional Japanese Home I J-Life International

The Traditional Japanese Home

Japanese homes are built in a very different manner than those in the West.  They are built to allow for airflow due to the high temperatures in th...
Kōdō 香道, "Way of Fragrance"

Kōdō 香道, "Way of Fragrance"

Incense was first introduced to Japan through the spread of Buddhism.  After it’s initial arrival, incense culture in Japan quickly flourished.  It...