Culture | Hiro8 Japanese Culture Blog - Part 3

Tanuki

What is a Tanuki?

Source : Ebisu Journal Tanuki means raccoon dog in English. It lives all over Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa Prefecture….

Wabi Sabi

Definition of Wabi Sabi

Even to Japanese, it is difficult to explain the definite meaning of Wabi Sabi. I am not an exception, either….

Five Needle Pine

The 8th World Bonsai Convention, Saitama City in 2017 Summary

To my surprise, I could enjoy beautiful Bonsai and Karesansui or traditional rock garden even in front of Saitama-Shintoshin station….

Cat of Aoshima

Cat island Aoshima and Tashirojima

There are some cat islands in Japan. Literally, many cats live in these islands. As long as I know the…

Weeping Cherry Tree in Rikugien

Cherry Blossom Festivals Tokyo 2017

First Sakura or cherry blossom unfolded its bud and came into blossom on 21 March in Tokyo this year 2017….

Sakura

Cherry Blossom Season Arrived in Tokyo

Cherry blossom or Sakura season came. Now is just the season as first cherry blossom bloomed on 21th March in…

Yokai

What does Yokai mean?

Have you ever heard of Yokai or Youkai? I think it became popular in recent years. Why? I explain all…

Setsubun

Setsubun and Bean Throwing Festivals in Tokyo

Setsubun is the season to throw soybeans at the person who plays a role of demon. I remember the person…

Flowering Crabapple Tree

Meaning of Omotenashi

Omotenashi is Japanese. This is one of the Japanese words which can not be translated into English in one word….

Girl in Kimono on New Year Oshougatsu

Oshougatsu : How Japanese Celebrate New Year

New Year is called Oshougatsu in Japanese. Most companies are closed, except for some retail stores, hospitals, etc. until 3rd…

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