Japanese Golden Week

What is Golden Week in Japan?

Golden Week is the name given to the period of time from the end of April and beginning of May, consisting of four national holidays in close succession. This is one of Japan’s biggest holidays, meaning that tourist destinations, accommodation, and travel become very busy and booked up. For many people, Golden Week in Japan …

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10 Japanese Products Japan is Famous For

There are many amazing products, gifts and themes Japan is famous for or associated with. As a culture, popular Japanese products today are often founded in history, usually growing in popularity due to practicality, religion or tradition. With so many popular Japanese products out there it can be difficult to know which ones are the …

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How to Use a Furoshiki Wrapping Cloth

You have invested time and money into finding the perfect gift for a loved one for Christmas, so it’s important that your gift is packaged with the same love and attention. Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese gift wrapping cloth, Furoshiki fabric is usually either cotton or silk and comes in varying patterns and colours. Wrapping your Christmas …

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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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Japanese Style Gift Wrapping

Japanese Style Present Wrapping: A 5 Minute Guide

How to Wrap Presents Japanese Style If you have ever shopped at a department store in Japan (or indeed at The Japanese Shop), you probably will have noticed the beautiful way in which items are wrapped. Japanese style gift wrapping is a particular art form that many marvel at, which is why we have created …

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Japanese Symbolic Animals And Their Meaning

Japanese Symbolic Animals and their Meanings

Japanese symbolic animals are a huge and important part of Japanese culture, with inclusion in traditional sculptures, prints, and more. This post uncovers the  Japanese spiritual symbols of a range of Japanese animals, including some Japanese folklore animals, that you may or may not be familiar with. Butterflies – ‘Choho’ Japan perceives the butterfly to …

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What is Mahayana Buddhism and How is it Different?

Buddhism is the fourth-largest religion in the world, with over 520 million followers still to this day. Known as a highly spiritual religion, the aspiration of a Buddhist is to achieve enlightenment through the practice and development of morality, meditation and wisdom. This blog post will explore one of the two existing branches of Buddhism …

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Top 10 Valentine’s Day Gifts from Japan

Capture their heart this Valentine’s Day with authentic Japanese gifts that will be cherished for years to come. If you want to treat your loved one to something a little different this Valentine’s Day, where better to seek inspiration than the land of the rising sun? From flowing silk kimono to nodding maneki-neko (lucky cats), …

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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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