How the Japanese Celebrate Halloween

With Halloween fast approaching, where better to look for celebration inspiration than Japan? After all, the Japanese love their festivals (celebrating approximately a whopping 200,000 a year!) and are masters of everything colourful, quirky and creative; it’s one of the reasons we’re obsessed with all things Japan, after all! From the surprising origins and misconceptions …

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Traditional Japanese Archery – Kyudo and Yabusam

Traditional Japanese archery is an ancient martial art that’s been practised throughout Japan since prehistoric times. The art of Japanese archery has been romanticised throughout history due to its breath-taking movements and spiritual core. The practice of traditional Japanese archery can be traced back to two different origins: ritualistic archery linked to Shinto and militant …

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Celebrating Respect for the Aged Day

Celebrating Respect for the Aged Day

Respect for the Aged Day (Keiro-no-Hi) is a treasured national holiday in Japan. A day to give respect and honour to Japan’s elderly population, it is always held on the third Monday of September – the 20th of September this year. Respect for the Aged Day has been an official national holiday since 1966, and the purpose of …

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7 Occasions to Wear a Japanese Kimono

The kimono is famously a traditional garment that originates from Japan.  With many different styles, colours, materials, and patterns to choose from – kimonos are worn to a variety of different occasions. The elegant kimono style has become an increasingly popular trend worldwide but is still worn to many traditional Japanese occasions. Maybe you’re wondering when is the …

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Discovering the Basic Beliefs of Shintōism

Shintō beliefs comprise indigenous Japanese religious beliefs and practices, and the word Shintō was brought into use to create separation between indigenous beliefs from those of Buddhism. In this post, we explore some of Shintōism’s basic beliefs and how they are still practised today. Shintōism Basic Teachings Kami Shintōism doesn’t follow a single god or …

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Cherry Blossom Meanings in Japan

Japan holds a great cultural resonance for cherry blossoms’ meaning, woven throughout its history. Because of the significance of cherry blossoms in Japan, they are considered the country’s national flower. Visitors travel far and wide to witness the blooming cherry blossoms, and we consider seeing cherry blossoms in Japan as one of the main reasons …

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A History of the Kōdō Ceremony and Traditional Japanese Incense

Traditional Japanese incense is regarded as one of the finest incenses in the world. It’s made from a fusion of aromatic plant material (usually kohbuko, or fragrant wood) and essential oils. It is ideal for meditation and aromatherapy or to create a calm relaxing environment around the home. But what is involved in the traditional …

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