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Celebrating Father’s Day in Japan

Father’s Day in Japan, or 父の日(chichi no hi), shares many similarities with the British holiday. Read on to learn how to celebrate Father’s Day the Japanese way, and discover some Japanese messages to try in your greetings card! Father’s Day in Japan Like in the UK, Father’s Day in Japan is celebrated on the third …

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10 Must-Buy Japanese Christmas Presents

Find the Perfect Christmas Gifts for the Japanophile in your Life With Christmas a matter of weeks away, the countdown is on to accumulate the perfect gifts for your loved ones. If you have a shinnichi in your life, or are just on the hunt for unique Japanese Christmas presents, we are here to make …

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Discovering The Basics of the Shinto Religion

The Shinto religion is the oldest surviving and widely practised Japanese religion, however its relevance in modern day society is still very much present throughout Japan. In this blog post, we have complied all the basic essentials you need to know about Shinto including; it’s origins, Shinto beliefs, places of worship and how the Shinto …

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Christmas DIY: How to Make Origami Christmas Decorations

Labelled ‘the most generous Christmas shoppers in the world’, us Brits tend to get carried away over the festive period, spending an estimated £476 on Christmas goodies each year. But who said Christmas had to have such a negative effect on our bank balance? Indeed, more and more people are now opting to make their own …

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Japanese Christmas Gift Ideas and Inspiration

Although Christmas Day is not recognised as a national holiday in Japan, Christmas is still a hugely popular event which is celebrated every year. In Japan, Christmas is acknowledged as a time to spread happiness rather than a religious occasion, and features gift-giving at its centre. Whether you are an avid lover of all things …

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Utagawa Hiroshige: Master of Japanese Woodblock Prints

Utagawa Hiroshige, known around the world as Andō Hiroshige or by just his last name, was a master of Japanese ukiyo-e. Ukiyo-e literally means ‘Pictures of the Floating World’, and the art style encompasses the famous Japanese woodblock prints that we know so well. It was an art style that was particularly popular in the …

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Top 5 Christmas Japanese Gifts

Top 5 Japanese Christmas Gifts

With Christmas just around the corner, we could all do with a little inspiration when it comes to getting those last few gifts. At The Japanese Shop, we have so many unique and authentic Japanese gift ideas that make a perfect and unforgettable present. This year has seen some new and exciting products added to …

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