Japanese Culture

Kodomo No Hi: A Guide To Children’s Day In Japan – Tokyo Travel Article

Kodomo No Hi: A Guide To Children’s Day In Japan You might have noticed colorful fish-shaped flags hanging on balconies while going out. That means it’s almost Children’s Day in Japan! Things change quickly in Japan and as soon as Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) is over, the country starts preparing for Golden Week—and even more specifically, for Children’s Day. You may have noticed some strange fishes swimming in the sky in your neighborhood… Carp-shaped? Red, blue, black? To the untrained eye,…

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Hinamatsuri: Girls’ Day Celebration In Japan – Tokyo Travel Article

Hinamatsuri: Girls’ Day Celebration In Japan On March 3, Japan celebrates Hinamatsuri. This Japanese holiday is dedicated to girls and their families’ hopes for a bright and happy future. As a small child, I used to think that Japan’s Girls’ Day (or Dolls’ Day)⁠—Hinamatsuri (ひな祭りor 雛祭り)⁠—was actually called ‘Princess Day,’ as the Japanese word for doll, hina (雛) sounds similar to princess, hime (姫). At that time, I was a dress-obsessed tomboy who often made the boys in my class…

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Lalique’s Elegant Glasswork the Perfect Marriage with Japan’s Royalty – Tokyo Travel Article

Lalique’s Elegant Glasswork the Perfect Marriage with Japan’s Royalty The Art Deco movement of the 1920s and ‘30s came at the height of the French colonial empire when 10 percent of the world was under the control of France, and goods, materials and new forms of art were flowing into the country from Africa and Asia. The Purist faction of Art Deco, led by architect Le Corbusier (who designed the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo), eschewed the frivolous, gaudy designs…

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Culture Day: A Quest For Japanese Traditions – Tokyo Travel Article

Culture Day: A Quest For Japanese Traditions “Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye,” Musashi Miyamoto, one of Japan’s most beloved and respected historical figures, once said, and if there was a day to think about these words a bit more profoundly, it would be no other but today—Culture Day. Bunka no Hi, or Culture Day, celebrated throughout Japan on November 3, is a day officially dedicated to a quest and appreciation for Japanese culture, arts, and academic…

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Japanese Words We Can’t Translate: Mottainai – A Lesson in Humility – Tokyo Travel Article

Japanese Words We Can’t Translate: Mottainai – A Lesson in Humility According to the Oxford Dictionary, there were an estimated 170,000 words in use in the English language 30 years ago. It’s said that the average anglophone knows 1/17th of them. Wondering how many words there are in Japanese? It’s hard to say. Being an agglutinative language that borrows words from English, German and French, among others, and with slang that’s created and forgotten in the blink of an eye,…

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