Culture

Tea Ceremony time!!

by Yoko
How about having tea ceremony?  You have Matcha with antique bowls hosted by a local family full of Japanese hospitality.  You can choose th...

Why the donjons of Japanse castles are empty?

People frequently ask why the donjons of Japanese castles are empty. People may imagin that buildings at the castle are filled with items s...

3 Top Mysteries of Nikko Toshogu

Nikko is a virtual wonderland with so many secrets and mysteries. Here are 3 top mysteries of Nikkos landmark shrine of Toshogu Shrine. 1...

Japanese Buddhism: Facts to Know Before Visiting Japan

Buddhism in Japan is more a part of the culture of Japan rather than a religion. This may seem odd to people belonging to religions like Chr...

The oldest wooden temple Horyuji

by Toshiyo
This is the oldest five stories pagoda in the world. It was built in 6th century. On the first floor there were clay figures. They are origi...

Is Shinto religion mysterious?

by Masato
Do you know the Japanese original religion? I, Masato Niitsu, a National Tour Guide, have details. Shinto is the indigenous religion of our...

● Trash box in Japan

by Masato
When you will visit Japan, you cant find a trash box very easily. I, Masato Niitsu, a National Tour Guide, explain details. The reason wh...

Japanese teacup without a handle

by Masato
Most cups, which the Western people use every day, have a handle.However, the Japanese one hasnt. Why? I, Masato Niitsu, a National Tour G...

Japanese stationary and umbrella

by Kaori
Although I enjoy beautiful, unique, stylish design of products from all over the world, there are 2 categories of items, which I am pretty c...

Jyugatsuzakura is blooming at East Gardens and Ueno Park

by Yoko
Many people knows that Sakura blooms in Spring, but Japanese love the Sakura so much that there are some sakura which blooms in Fall, too.Th...

Can rice make you a millionaire?

by Kaori
Can rice make you a millionaire?   The answer is yes, but if you were born in Japan between Edo-Meiji period.   Rice is the soul food of...

Sound of Japanese Garden

by Kaori
  Garden should be fully admired by five senses, because it is an outdoor space where you are going to be in. The experience of its beauty ...

Iaido and Tea Ceremony Workshop

by Hideaki
I guided a family from UK to Asakusa. They joined Iaido and Tea Ceremony workshop, wearing Kimono. Iaido is a kind of traditional martial a...

The great leader against Mongolian invasions

by Nao
About 800 years ago, Japan was in crisis.Bcrisis.Because Yuan dynasty in China tried to invade Japan twice. At that time the ruler of Yuan ...

Samurai spirit in Nagano

by Nao
Whats the samurai spirit? If you want to know , I recommend you to know about Sanada Yukimura. He was famous for his red armor. He wa...

Shogun and Nikko Toshogu

by Nao
Shogun was the head master of all samurai and the actual ruler of Japan during the samurai era from 12th century to 19th century. There wer...

Calligraphy

by Toshiyo
Today we had calligraphy at my house near Imperial palace. We wrote many paper.   This has been very hot in Kyoto so activities inside the ...

Japanese cemetery

by Toshiyo
CIf you climb up to Fushimi Inari Shrine you can see more sacred and peaceful section. My. Inari is a sacred mountain loved and respect for ...

Kyoto Imperial palace

by Toshiyo
This is at Kyoto IMPERIAL palace garden. Very pretty garden and it has traditional buildings. For free.

Temple / Shrine Stamps

by Hideaki
I guided a couple from Australia to Asakusa and some other places in Tokyo. In Japan, almost all temples and shrines have their own Hand-Wri...

The Cormorant fishing master's village on Nagara river side

by Koki
  In Gifu city, 6 cormorant fishing master still living on Nagara river side at Ukai no sato. This 6 cormorant fishing master is belong im...