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Wabi-Sabi

Wabi-Sabi are born separately and referred to different things. The word “wabi” originally meant solitude living in nature away from society, while “sabi” meant “withered,” “inclined,” “withered,” or “flowerless. By the 14th century, however, the two words took on a more positive meaning, with ‘wabi’ representing the more positive...

The spiritual background of Japanese

If there’s a word to describe the traditional Japanese sense of beauty in a nutshell, it’s wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi is a combination of two old words with overlapping definitions and may be a Buddhist view of the facts of existence. Life and art are beautiful not because they are perfect...

Japanese bathing and kotatsu

A kotatsu used to be like a charcoal grill in the distant past, but nowadays, electric elements and heat lamps are the mainstream, and are capable of producing enough heat to warm the feet and legs. Two types of kotatsu are commonly used in Japan, both in restaurants and...

To work as a Geisha

To work as a geisha, you first need to learn the basics. In the process of learning, many people would specialize in a particular art form, of which dance was considered the most noble. Apprentice geishas, maiko, would complete their training by accompanying a confirmed geisha to their appointment...

What is a geisha?

Until the end of World War II, many Japanese were sold by their parents and taken to an okiya to be trained to become geishas, while many Japanese suffered from poverty, but today, they can become geishas of their own volition. Nowadays, women become geishas of their own volition....

About the Seven Lucky Gods

In Japan, when visiting shrines and temples, people purify themselves and offer offerings such as coins and ema to thank them for fulfilling their prayers and wishes. The Seven Lucky Gods provide another way to achieve one’s goals. Today, the Seven Lucky Gods are an international and eclectic group...

Ornamental dolls (hina-Ningyo)

A puppet set is usually made up of about 15 puppets arranged on a staircase of five to seven steps, with an overall length of three to six feet. In many cases, dolls become family heirlooms that are passed down from generation to generation. Also, grandparents can purchase a...

Hina-Matsuri festival for girls

Families with girls celebrate the 3rd of March as a day to wish girls growth and happiness. Originally a family affair that began during the Edo period, families with girls celebrated it as a day for emperors, empresses, servants, miniature furniture and other dolls are displayed on a five-...