Monday, 06 June 2016 by Kusuyama
[:en]Ukiyo-e is a Japanese traditional form of art, birthed during Japan’s Edo period. The term means “pictures of the floating world”, which is coined because the images portray the suppressed middle class people of the time. As middle class people could not rise in the social hierarchy, they were considered to be ‘floating’ through society.
Every time I think about the tale of Momotaro, I can’t help but get this rush of nostalgia in me. It immediately takes me back to my childhood, where my grandma would read to me Momotaro’s heroic endeavours, and I would imagine Momotaro embarking on a daring journey, vanquishing evil, and making new friends along
The Fujitsubo iPhone case desgin is one of our most popular in our catalogue. The unique maki-e art quickly grasps attention, but what most people don’t know is – the designs carries rich history in itself. The name is based on the character, Empress Fujitsubo – from the classic Japanese literature – Tale of genji. While she only appears in
Hinamatsuri is one of many important festivals celebrated for children in Japan. Each year on the 3rd of March, people celebrate the health and good fortune of young girls. Although the direct translation is ‘Doll’s festival’ – its also commonly referred to as, Girl’s Day. The festival first started during the Heian era (794-1192) – and initially it was called, Hina-nagashi (doll-floating). To celebrate, people set
Recently, tabi socks have undergone a renaissance of sorts; that is, they’ve grown rapidly in popularity around the world. It comes as no surprise, considering the split toed sock offers remarkable comfort, and plentiful amounts of creative designs. Of course, like all things Japanese, tabi socks, have an interesting history of their own. Tabi socks first appeared on Japanese toes in the
Temizu. This photo was taken of a hand washing basin in Japan, the basins are used to perform Temizu. When visiting shrines in Japan you should rinse your hands and mouth from the water of the purification fountain before entering. The water is meant to cleanse and remove impurity. You should first wash your left
Japanese Cultural event on Feb 3rd is called 節分 Setsubun implying the “Bean Throwing Ceremony” Setsubun literally means “the day between two seasons”. People celebrate Setsubun on either the 3rd or 4th of February, the day before the first spring day on the present calendar. Bean throwing called mamemaki is done at home on the