Culture/History | Travel

Nezu museum

Where is Nezu museum? The Nezu museum is located close to Omotesando Station, one of Tokyo’s most trendy and fashionable area in Tokyo. With beautiful Japanese garden right next to the museum, the place is truly an urban oasis in Tokyo. The first owner of the museum was Kaichiro Nezu, president of the Tobu railway […]

Continue Reading...

Culture/History | Travel

Kozanji Temple

Where is Kozanji Temple? Kozanji Temple which was built during the Kamakura era (1185-1333) as Rinzai school temple is located in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi prefecture. There is another Kozanji in Kyoto but it is different from the one in Yamaguchi. In 1557, When Yoshinaga Ouchi, a 16th-century Kyushu warrior who served as the official head of […]

Continue Reading...

Culture/History | Kimonos

Kikyo (“Japanese Bellflower”)

What kind of flower is Kikyo? Japanese bellflower, Kikyo, is a vivid purple, five petal flower which is the symbol of unchanging love, honesty, and obedience. Kikyo is often used as patterns in Kimonos and Obi, a belt for Kimonos, and also used as family crests (“Kamon” in Japanese) which is called “Kikyo-Mon.” The flower […]

Continue Reading...

Culture/History

Hinamatsuri – Girl’s Day in Japan

What is Hinamatsuri? March 3rd is called a “Hinamatsuri” day in Japan to celebrate female children and pray for their continued health and happiness. It is also known as “Momo no Sekku”, peach festival, where families display ceramic dolls dressed in the ornate, decorative robes of the ancient imperial court (“Hina-ningyo”). The tradition to celebrate […]

Continue Reading...

Culture/History

Valentine’s Day in Japan

As you may know, in Japan, Valentine’s Day is celebrated a bit differently from other parts of the world. Japanese Valentine’s Day is the day when women give chocolates to men. And it is the time for chocolate companies to profit, reportedly making almost half their annual sales during this time of year. Like other countries, […]

Continue Reading...

Culture/History | Goods

Tsubaki (“Camellia”)

Tsubaki, Camellia, is written in Kanji (“Chinese character”) by using the letter meaning “Tree” and “Spring”. Tsubaki is mentioned in Japanese folklore such as Yaobikuni, Tsubaki no Otome, and Oga no Tsubaki, and also, it is treated as a tree sacred to a deity at temples/shrines in Japan which is one of the reasons why […]

Continue Reading...

Culture/History

Zen – Common pitfall

In today’s society, Zen has become a popular method to train one’s spirit, improve concentration, and relieve stress. The people who are into zazen (seated meditation) may have similar goals as follows: “Through practicing zazen, I want to promote my physical and mental well-being” “Through practicing zazen, I want to get rid of my anxiety […]

Continue Reading...

Culture/History | Travel

Yakatabune Boat Cruises

What is Yakatabune? Yakatabune is a unique Japanese-style wooden tour boat which is good for sightseeing as you can see quite a few famous spots in Tokyo from the boat while sailing along the river. Yakatabune is normally not that big and has over the centuries hosted dinner parties where guests can mingle and socialize […]

Continue Reading...