Hanafuda (Japanese playing cards)

About Hanafuda | How to play | Combo About Hanafuda Hanafuda is a Japanese traditional card game. It is a braingame by reaching a deduction […]

Sakura (Japanese Cherry)

We can see various motifs of sakura in many things. In many primary school, teachers affix such stamps to evaluate students results of homew […]

Cho (Butterfly)

The motif of butterfliy has been used on various things. Related posts: Japanese Traditional Colors – Overview Hitoe kimono for June a […]

Yukiwa (Snow Wreath)

The shape of the snow crystal is usually a concentric and hexagonal. The “Snow Wreath” is a stylized motif of the snow crystal, […]

Japanese Traditional Colors – Purple

PURPLE We can say purple is the most noble color. (“Kodai-murasaki”is the most typical.) Since ancient times, purple has been the noble colo […]

Japanese Traditional Colors – Blue

BLUE Since ancient times, blue has been liked by the common people while purple has been a noble color. Especially, “ai-iro” line is one of […]

Japanese Traditional Colors – Green

GREEN Most of the greenish colors were generated by vegetation, and their names were also derived from vegetation as well as birds. *An exam […]

Kumo (Clouds)

In ancient times, the Chinese people performed augury by observing the figure or color of clouds which climbed toward the sky from mountains […]

Seigaiha (Blue sea and waves)

Geometrical or repetitive patterns are fine and repeating, and often used for the background of the main motif to enrich the total design. T […]

Onsen Tamago

In many onsen resorts, you can see “Onsen Tamago” (hot spring eggs) sold. “Onsen Tamago” is boildegg, made by dippin […]

Nanten

Nanten is regarded as a lucky tree which changes bad luck to good luck. It bears red fruits in Autumn and they grow to about 0.5 centimeters […]

Usagi (Rabbit)

Rabbits have been popular with many Japanese people, and their motif has been used on various items such as table wares, kimono, obi and gen […]

Yuzen

What is Yuzen? | How to dye Yuzen | Products | Other Yuzen What is Yuzen? Yuzen is one of the tipical way of dyeing fabric. It’s said […]

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! This year is the year of the Horse. We have animal symbols in each year such as the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Ha […]

Soba

Eating soba | Let’s make soba! | How to boil soba | Tools for making soba Eating Soba Soba is one of the most favorit food of either f […]

The Types of OBI

OBI Fukuo-obi / Nagoya-obi / Hanhaba-obi Designs of OBI Zentsu-gara / Rokutsu-gara / Otaiko-gara Fukuo-obi “Fukuro” means a bag […]

The Types of KIMONO

Index Contents Dyeing Piece-dye / Yarn-dye Tailoring Awase / Hitoe / Usumono & Seika Time, Place and Ocasion Furisode / Tomesode (Black) […]

Omamori (Amulet)

Amulet Many kinds of amulets such as road safety, the welfare of the household, scholarship etc. are sold in a shrine or a temple. But it&#8 […]

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The foliage season has come!

Now we can enjoy the foliage season in Japan! Red, yellow, brown etc., being full of many kinds of colors. THIS PAGE shows you some photos. […]