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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...

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...

Kakishibuzome: utilizing this ancient Japanese dyeing technique in modern times

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Persimmon tannin, a naturally occurring material with various features such as waterproofing, durability, and deodorizing properties, has long been used in the daily lives of the Japanese whose culture centers around wood and paper.   Kakishibuzome...

Sashiko: Traditional Japanese Embroidery

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The History of Sashiko
Sashiko is a traditional Japanese handicraft that has long been used to embroider, bind, and quilt fabrics. Its roots can be traced back to the middle of the Edo Period, about 500 years ago when the use of cotton began to spread in Japan. 

How to Prepare and Drink Truly Delicious Sake

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Knowing how to drink sake in an authentic way allows you to enjoy the same drink in different ways. Here are some tips on how to prepare and drink sake in order to enjoy its...

Japan's finest natural indigo dyeing (Aizome)

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Aizome (indigo dyeing) has been deeply established in the lives of the Japanese. It is a dyeing technique using indigo, a natural plant dye.Favored as an auspicious color during the days of the samurai, indigo...

Types of Japanese Gardens

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Japanese gardens are classified into 3 types: pond gardens (chisen-teien), dry landscape gardens (karesansui), and open-air tea house gardens (roji or chaniwa). Pond gardens (Chisen-teien)As indicated by its name, a pond garden is a garden with...

Hanten: Traditional Japanese Clothing

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Developed during the Edo Period, hanten is a traditional Japanese coat  that has gained popularity among the masses since the 18th century. Back then, it was mostly worn as a work uniform by laborers such...

Japanese Knives with more than 350 years of history and tradition

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Technology created through more than 350 years of history and traditionThrough the creativity, proficient skill and talent of its craftsmen, Nigara Knives continues to forge captivating kitchen knives. Chefs from Japan and other countries visit...

Japanese Tea Culture and its History

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 Tea is drunk as an accompaniment to a meal, as a digestif , or as a thirst-quencher. It is dear to Japanese people's hearts. Without even paying any particular attention to it, Japanese people have...