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Wagara: Traditional Japanese Patterns

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Wagara, or traditional Japanese patterns, often adorn kimonos and tenugui hand towels. Learning about the names and origins of these patterns will make us understand that they have long been used for summoning good fortune and for...

Onsen: World-Class Japanese Hot Springs

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The Japanese are accustomed to bathing in onsen, or hot springs, which are easily accessible to many. Japan has about 10% of the world’s active volcanoes, and it is blessed with volcanic hot springs. In...

10 Must-Buy Japanese Gifts That Are Sure to Delight!

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Master Craftsmanship only carries authentic products made in Japan using traditional Japanese techniques. Our gift recommendations are sure to delight, whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion. With an array of items...

Kojima District, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture: The Birthplace of Japanese Denim

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Denim enthusiasts know that the birthplace of Japanese denim is in Kojima District, Kurashiki City in Okayama Prefecture. How did this happen? Let’s examine Kojima’s history.   Kojima’s History of Turning Adversity into Opportunity Currently...

The Surprising Differences Between Shrines and Temples

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Shrines are Shinto, Temples are Buddhist Shrines and temples are both religious establishments. However, the religions from which they originate are different - shrines are from Shintoism, while temples are from Buddhism. Shinto is a...

Edomoji: the Edo spirit

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Edomoji is a generic term for lettering styles often used during the Edo period (1603-1868). It included those used in sumo wrestling, kabuki, on lanterns, and senjafuda (paper slips posted on shrine pillars by pilgrims);...

Zazen (seated Zen meditation) and meditation

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You don't have to think too hard about mindfulness meditation. The good thing about it is that it's easy to do, and anyone can practice it immediately. Basically, all you have to do is to...

Budo (martial arts)

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Budo, or Japanese martial arts, developed from kobujutsu, a traditional martial art where lethal, wounding, and subjugating techniques were combined with the “way” of perfecting one's character through its practice.  After the Meiji Period, killing...

Wagara: Traditional Japanese Patterns

Posted by Akira.Hirose on

Wagara, or traditional Japanese patterns, often adorn kimonos and tenugui hand towels. Learning about the names and origins of these patterns will make us understand that they have long been used for summoning good fortune...

Jinbei: The Ultimate in Lounge Wear from Japan

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Stay Cool in the Summer Consisting of a kimono-style top and shorts, jinbei has traditionally been worn in Japan by men, women, and children during the summer. Jinbei is designed to keep the wearer cool...