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Traditional Culture & Festivals

Traditional Culture

Architecture
Architecture
Various styles of Japanese architecture reflecting traditional and modern usage.
Gardens
Gardens
Simple, unspoiled beauty of Japanese gardens, and comparisons to Western gardens.
Castles
Castles
Elaborately designed fortresses built predominantly in the 15th and 16th Centuries.
Shinto Shrines
Shinto Shrines
Shinto shrines that embody the intricate symbolism of Japan's indigenous religion, Shintoism.
Buddhist Temples
Buddhist Temples
Classic Buddhist architecture originating from India but with a distinctly Japanese atmosphere.
Tea Ceremony
Tea Ceremony
Tea ceremony based on the principles of Zen, incorporating graceful performance and profound simplicity.
Jizo & Dosojin
Jizo & Dosojin
Outdoor and roadside stone sculptures that continue to be an important part of Japanese folk belief.
Floral Art
Floral Art
Refined floral art dating back to the 16th Century.
Bonsai
Bonsai
Miniature trees or plants with an aesthetic sense that reflects nature.
Pottery
Pottery
Distinctive styles of pottery reflecting different periods and regions.
Lacquerware
Lacquerware
Japanese Lacquerware is the name for beautifully decorated utensils and objects of art coated with lacquer.
Calligraphy
Calligraphy
Unique art of the East using gradations of ink and varying brushstrokes.
Folk Art Crafts
Folk Art Crafts
Folk objects and curios that used to be commonplace, now considered objects of art.
Ukiyo-e
Ukiyo-e
Wood block prints from the 17th to the 19th Century featuring dramatic insights into Edo era life.
Dolls
Dolls
Ancient dolls used in religious observances, festivals and burial rites.
Musical Instruments
Musical Instruments
Several styles of ancient and traditional Japanese music, each with its unique sound.
Traditional Costumes
Traditional Costumes
Traditional, elegant, and formal dress still used for special occasions.
Footwear
Footwear
Much loved traditional slippers that are still seen in modern day Japan.
Crests
Crests
A black and white family crest possessed by every family.
Colors & Patterns
Colors & Patterns
Traditional material pattern designs used on Kimonos and other articles.
Classic Dancing
Classic Dancing
Classic dances originally developed based on incantations such as invocations of spirits of the dead.
Tanka & Haiku
Tanka & Haiku
Short unique poetry with specific line lengths found only in Japan.
Zen & Zazen
Zen & Zazen
Originating in India, a form of mental and spiritual training similar to Yoga.
Kabuki
Kabuki
Original stage art that has its roots in the 17th Century.
Noh & Kyogen
Noh & Kyogen
A comprehensive theatrical art form embodying music, dance, literature and other artistic mediums
Bunraku
Bunraku
Traditional puppet theater in which puppets act out narratives.
Variety Theater
Variety Theater
Traditional variety theater used for storytelling, narration, conjuring and recital.

Festivals & Talismans

Holidays, Occasions & Events
Holidays, Occasions
& Events
Special holidays, events, festivals and other celebrations that are held throughout the year within Japan.
Festivals
Festivals
An introduction to some of the festivals that revolve around the traditional agricultural calendar.
Festival Days & Fairs
En-nichi
(Street Fairs)
Religious festivals and fairs held at shrines and temples, with bustling street stalls outside.
Holidays, Occasions & Events
Folk Dancing Folk Dancing
Festival folk dances during the summer that celebrate ancestral spirits.
Juni-shi
Juni-shi
Twelve signs of the oriental zodiac, related to time and place.
Shichifukujin
Shichifukujin
The six gods and one goddess that make the Seven Deities of good fortune.
Good Luck Talismans
Good Luck Talismans
Good luck talismans that can be found in shrine shops all over Japan.
Storytelling & Fables
Storytelling & Fables
Animals with human qualities that appear in Japanese fables and stories.
Janken
Janken
The first game Japanese children learn, which is played anytime by young and old.

Japanese Inn Information

What are Ryokans?
What are Ryokans?
A traditional style of Japanese accommodation that is popular among tourists.
Arriving at a Ryokan
Arriving at a Ryokan
Ryokan transport services, checking in, and other arrival information.
Guest Rooms
Guest Rooms
Essential information about Ryokan guest rooms and Ryokan etiquette.
Communal Baths
Communal Baths
Bathing customs and common rules of Ryokan communal baths.
Dining Experiences
Dining Experiences
A wide variety of small, traditional dishes, often served in the Ryokan guest rooms.
Ryokan Facilities
Ryokan Facilities
An introduction to various amusement facilities often found in Ryokans.
Sleeping and Breakfast in Ryokans
Sleeping and Breakfast in Ryokans
Sleeping on futons, bathing before breakfast, and eating a traditional breakfast in your room are all part of the Ryokan experience.
Checking Out
Checking Out
Checking out, paying the bill, and other information for leaving a Ryokan.
Strolling Around Ryokans
Strolling Around Ryokans
Traditional dress and atmosphere are the highlights of many Ryokans.

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