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7 Traditional Japanese Games to Play at Home

Happy Children’s Day! In Japan, Golden week is coming to a close with the final national holiday, Children’s Day. To learn a bit more about it, you can read our blog post all about Golden Week in Japan! In honour of this national holiday – and everlasting boredom – we thought we would share some …

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What is a Goshuinchō? The Japanese Book of Seals

If I asked you what comes to mind when you think of Japanese culture you might say kimono-wearing geisha, anime, manga, sumo-wrestling, and sushi. While of course these are significant and popular parts of the culture, there is so much more to discover – much of which I hadn’t even heard of until I lived …

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Spring in Japan: Discovering Hanami from Home

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably cooped up at home dreaming of exploring somewhere new, learning a new language and visiting new sights. Maybe you’re looking for a mental getaway, a pleasant distraction in these uncertain times, or new inspiration to make future holiday plans come together. It seems only right to spread some …

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10 Types of Traditional Japanese Dolls

Dolls, or ningyos, have long been a significant component of Japanese culture. Traditional Japanese dolls are more than souvenirs; they are given as formal gifts, displayed in the home, and used during festivals. There is a wide variety of types of Japanese dolls, some being more abstract and others being very lifelike. In this article, …

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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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Flower Symbolism in Japanese Culture

Flower Symbolism in Japanese Culture

Even those with little knowledge of Japan can’t help but notice the prominence of flower symbolism in Japanese culture. From the beautiful cherry blossom, which is found everywhere from haiku verse to manga comics, to the vibrant chrysanthemum appearing on everything from crockery to coins, flower symbolism plays a vital role in Japanese art, literature …

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Japanese Wedding Traditions and Customs

With wedding season upon us, and it often being difficult to know what to expect at a Japanese wedding, we thought it best to share some Japanese wedding traditions for the uninitiated! Whether you’re attending a Japanese wedding this summer or are just curious to learn more about Japanese marriage customs, this post will give …

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All You Need to Know About Japanese Architecture

All You Need to Know About Japanese Architecture

Japan is known for its contrasting architecture. Traditional Japanese architecture is renowned throughout the world for being breathtakingly beautiful; whilst modern day Japan exemplifies innovative contemporary design and living. Japan has had many architectural influences throughout its history, which has led to there being many different types of buildings. Over the years, the more traditional …

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