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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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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Popular Japanese Sweets and Treats

The rich and unique Japanese flavours found in Japanese cuisine are strongly associated with premium-quality seafood dishes and classy restaurants, amongst many other culinary delights. However, sweet treats often fall by the wayside when it comes to our (Western) knowledge of Japanese cuisine – and boy we’re missing out! Here, we explore a guide to …

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What is Japanese Kawaii Culture?

Japan’s cultural influence is recognised globally, from anime to gaming to fashion trends. One sub-culture which has become increasingly popular is Japanese kawaii culture, which has permeated across the globe as a result of globalisation and an increasingly technological world. If you’ve heard of Hello Kitty, you’ve already had a glimpse into Japanese cute culture, …

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Shibori Dyeing Techniques

As Shibori patterns grow more popular and more fashionable on the British high street, we thought we’d dig a little deeper into the history of the traditional Japanese tie-dyeing. Read on to discover the different types of Shibori dyeing techniques. What is Shibori? Shibori – meaning to wring or squeeze – is an old Japanese …

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