Japanese Culture 日本の文化
Japan is a nation of culture and style both traditional Japanese culture, epitomized by haiku poetry, kimono, ukiyo-e wood-block prints, Kabuki theater, Noh drama, tea ceremony and Zen stone gardens, and more modern cultural trends represented by anime, cosplay, manga, and video games.
Enjoy a range of articles on Japanese culture both traditional and contemporary:
A-Z: Japan — An A-Z listing of Japanese culture: From Anpanman to Zen.
Arashiyama — Kyoto riverside beauty spot.
Arts & Crafts — a listing of Japan's most famous traditional arts and crafts.
Blood Types — Japanese Blood Types.
Books on Japan
Cartoons — mini Japanese language lessons — introducing Dozo & Domo by Harrison Wheeler
Cosplay — the fetish of costume play in Japan.
"Cute" Culture — Japan's Soft Power: The Culture of Cute
Disposable Chopsticks — Japan's ecological conundrum.
Dining in Kyoto — Eating al fresco by the Kamogawa River in the ancient capital.
Dowa — Japan's Outcastes
Earth Embassy / Solar Cafe — Sustainable living on Mt. Fuji.
Five Japanese Trends — Sushi, Cosplay, J-Pop, Pokemon, Technology.Five Things A First Time Visitor To Japan Should Know — Visas, TIpping, Trash Cans, Onsen, Footwear.
Japan-Europe Similarities — Music, Literature, Films, Video Games, Food.
National Parks — Scenic, preserved beauty in Japan.
Hiking — Walking in Japan.
Famous Japanese People & Foreign Residents Of Japan — Mishima, Kurosawa, and more
Game Centers — Loud Fun
Japanese Film — Movie Reviews of Japanese films and films about Japan.
Gambling — Betting in Japan — horse-racing, Toto, pachinko, mahjong.
Japanese Gardens — Japan's famous gardens (Spanish).
General Union — General Union for English teachers in Japan.
Gift giving in Japan — The culture of giving and receiving gifts.
Glossary — An essential glossary of Japanese words and phrases.
Haiku — Japan's popular short poems.
Hi-Tech — Japan: High Tech.
Ice Hockey — Japan has an established ice-hockey league.
Images of Japan
Images of Japan — Japan through the lenses of top photographers.
Interviews — Regge Life, Joan Sinclair, a Kabuki star, and more.
Karaoke — A look at Japan's export phenomenon.
Koban — Japan's police box system.
Katsuouji Temple — Buddhist Temple famous for Daruma Dolls
Koto-e — Japanese plaster relief.
Lacquerware — urushi (Japanese lacquerware): so famous worldwide that it was given the name 'japan'.
Japan Links & Resources — Useful Japan links.
Machiya — A look at the revivial of Kyoto's Townhouses.
Match-making — the world of omiai (meetings) and nakodo (go-betweens) in arranged marriages.
Weddings — Japanese wedding ceremonies.
Mobile phone (keitai) use in Japan — Japan is a world-leader in mobile phone innovation and use.
Japanese National Holidays - and important festivals.
Newspapers in Japan — World's biggest circulation.
Nikko — resting place of the Tokugawa
Ninomiya Chuhachi — Japan's aircraft pioneer.
Nishiki Market — Kyoto's Foodie Paradise.
Japanese Music — CD Reviews.
Music Festivals — Fuji Rock, Summer Sonic, Earth Celebration.
Punk Rock in Japan — punk rock, a big influence on Japanese music and fashion.
Toru Takemitsu — 20th century Japanese composer
Kagura — traditional Japanese music and dance to please the gods
Photo Essays — A regular look at events in Japan.
Podcast — the sounds of real Japan.
Relations — Japan/Korea international relations.
Purikura — Print club craze.
Ryokan — Japanese guest houses.
Sake — the secret of finding good sake.
Sakurajima — active volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture.
Seaweed — Essence and accents from the sea.
Sento — Japan's public bath houses.
Shochu — Japan's favorite distilled tipple.
Shodoshima — Japan's olive oil island.
Skiing in Japan — Japan's best mountain resorts.
Sounds of Japan — Sound samples.
Tattooing in Japan — Interview with an Osaka tattoo studio owner
Temples & Shrines
Temples & Shrines Listing — Japan's most well known Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.
Waribashi (Disposable Chopsticks) — Japan's ecological conundrum.
Yabusame — Horseback Archery Festival in Koyama.
Zen Buddhism — The sound of one hand clapping.