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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What You Should Know Before Visiting Japanese Hot Springs

Onsen are something of an institution in Japan. An abundance of active volcanoes makes the country a hot spot (forgive me!) for natural springs of all types, drawing in city-dwellers from far and wide who are looking to escape the rat race and relax. If you’re thinking of visiting onsen during your trip to Japan, …

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A Golden Celebration of Children in Japan

Golden Week is the one of the biggest events in Japan’s annual calendar and consists of a week-long celebration of four national holidays which reflect upon Japanese history. During this week, many Japanese people take to the road and gather together to celebrate with their families. If you plan to visit Japan during Golden Week …

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Kinga Shinnen! Top 7 Japanese New Year Traditions

Just as we celebrate Christmas in the West with traditional food, festive music and an exchange of cards, Japan has a number of different customs to welcome in the New Year. This post explores some of the best-known Japanese New Year traditions, from the tasty (osechi) to the tuneful (Kohaku). Top 7 Japanese New Year …

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What is Christmas Like in Japan?

What to Expect if You’re Spending Christmas in Japan Japan might not be a predominantly Christian country, but it has adopted a number of festive traditions from the West over the years, putting its own cultural stamp on many of them. Spending Christmas in Japan is an exciting and totally unique experience – and one …

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