Japanese traditional Long epic song that is called NAGAUTA - A Gift from Japan

I went to see my friend who sings long epic songs that is called NAGAUTA in the hall Kyoto Japan. I saw a lot of people who wore kimono also I saw a lot of Geisha too. A nagauta (long epic songwith shamisen accompaniment) derived from Otsu-e, and finally, also a number in Classical Japanese dance.  This is a Japanese traditional curtain, These Sakura ( cherry blossoms ) patterns of the curtain are very beautiful. A lot of Geisha who wearing Kimono came to see Nga-Uta. it is hard to wear Kimono but easy to wear Yukata or Samue which is like a bathrobe. So when you go to see any Japanese traditional events, why don't you go wearing Yukata or Samue? The most widely known symbol of Japanese traditional Summer outfits, Yukata are light and simple long robes, similar to Kimono in their shape but much more informal and easy to wear. They are usually worn during Japanese Summer events such as Matsuri or Fireworks Festivals. Female model: 165 cm Wearing size...more >>

Universal Studio Japan – A gift from Japan

I went to Universal studio Japan with friends. It's the first time since I went to USJ around 20 years ago. and in that time, there were no Harry Potter, Minion, and Super Nintendo world areas. So I was so happy to be in those areas. First of all, We went to Minion park. so many people were there. We tried to ride the Minion ride. That was very fast and exciting for us. When we rode it, some cute drawings were on the wall and some art put on the wall too. My friend ate Minion's bun, curry was inside. It looked very cute and she said it was hot little and delicious. And we went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I tried Butter Beer and made white mustache as you know. These are inside a gifts shop, felt really like the movie of Harry Potter. My friend got a Harry Potter Wand. and ↓ she tried to unlock it with her wand. very amazing. we went inside the castle to ride Harry Potter and the forbidden journe...more >>

Japanese Culture and Japanese gifts ( Hanko, Japanese Traditional Clothing and Accessories ) ⑭ - A Gift From Japan

Tango-no-Sekku refers to one of Go-Sekku, the five seasonal festivals. The words “tan” mean “beginning,” and “tango” means the first day of “Go” (Uma: horse in Japanese) of the month. In Japanese, “go” sounds the same as the number five. In ancient China, it was customary to purify evil spirits with shōbu (iris leaves), which have a strong scent, in May. It was introduced to Japan, by taking a bath to which the leaves of iris are added, people hoped that evil spirits would be driven out from the body. As the Japanese word “shōbu” has the same sound as the word meaning “samurai spirit” and “fight,” a seasonal festival to celebrate boys’ healthy growth was established. The tradition of decorating one’s home with Gogatsu-Ningyo dolls comes from Japanese samurai society. Suits of armor were very important for men in samurai society. I have a son. so I've decorated Gogatsu Ningyo which is called Kabuto which Samura put when they fought in the Samurai era. In the early Edo period,...more >>

Japanese Culture and Japanese gifts ( Hanko, Japanese Traditional Clothing and Accessories ) ⑬ - A Gift From Japan

I like going to the Ebisu shrine for prosperous business because I am the owner of an online shop for Japanese traditional stuff. And I go to the Ebisu shrine on the way, I pass Miyagawa street, Miyagawa street looks like Edo era, and there are a lot of Ozashiki restaurants which means when you have a dinner and drink, Maiko's performance and Geisha play music and sing songs, also, you can play some games with Maiko. About Ozashiki with Maiko, Maiko is mainly in charge of dancing at Ozashiki and performs the dancing of Kyomai Inoue school in Gion Kobu district and other dancing such as the Wakayagi school in other districts. At Ozashiki and on the stage both geisha and Maiko are heavily-powdered with Shironuri (white makeup), but while a geisha usually wears a wig, Maiko dresses her hair in traditional Japanese style and wears a gorgeous ornate hairpin, Tsumami-kanzashi (a decorative hairpin) featuring something like flowers of each season. At Ozashiki Asobi, customers can enj...more >>

Japanese Culture and Japanese gifts ( Hanko, Japanese Traditional Clothing and Accessories ) ⑫ - A Gift From Japan

I walked to see the arch of cherry blossom when I went to the Kamigamo shrine on the way. this arch is very very famous in Kyoto Japan. They looked like the tunnel of cherry blossom. Kamo river is also very famous in Kyoto Japan along side with the arch. After you passed the arch, passed, you can see the Kamigamo shrine. There are a lot of beautiful cherry blossoms in the Kamigamo shrine. About Kamigamo shrine, Kamo-wake-ikazuchi-Jinja in the Kita Ward of Kyoto is the oldest Shinto shrine in the ancient city. Since prehistoric times Kamigamo-jinja has preserved and transmitted the legends relating to the birth of the shrine deity, Wakeikazuchi. Ancient rituals which transmit the faith in the divine mountains, Kamo Sai also known as Aoi Matsuri which started during the reign of Emperor Kinmei in 544, and the shrine buildings retaining the style of the early Heian Period, all convey the history of the province of Yamashiro (southern Kyoto Prefecture). Most of the...more >>

Japanese Culture and Japanese gifts ( Hanko, Japanese Traditional Clothing and Accessories ) ⑪ - A Gift From Japan

I went to one very famous temple in Kyoto that is called Toji to see the illuminated cherry blossom with Japan’s tallest five-storied wooden pagoda Toji, or the Kyöö Gokokuji, is a monastery temple that was founded in 796 under Emperor Kammu’s order and is associated with Kūkai, the renowned Buddhist priest in the Heian period, Kūkai was honored with this imposing temple by Emperor Saga in 823. This temple boasts Japan’s tallest five-storied wooden pagoda, which is the most time-honored landmark in Kyoto. In addition to its impressive array of buildings, Toji possesses an extraordinary collection of Buddhist art, such as sculptures, mandalas, and implements used in esoteric rituals, which demonstrates that Toji was the center of Shingon practice in Kyoto. When I go to Toji, on the way, one cat waited for me to come in another small shrine near Toji. I tried to listen to her who says, but I could not. And then I found an old Japanese traditional style spa. Please see The...more >>

Japanese Culture and Japanese gifts ( Hanko, Japanese Traditional Clothing and Accessories ) ⑩ - A Gift From Japan

I went to KAMOGAWA river to have a party under the cherry blossom trees that are called HANAMI in Japanese alongside KAMOGAWA river in Kyoto Japan. We found a cherry blossom beautiful arch and we had a party here. We brought alcohol and snacks and had a good time with my friends. Hanami” is a Japanese tradition of welcoming spring. The literal meaning is “viewing flowers” and Enjoying cherry blossoms is an old Japanese custom (that’s been around for over 1000 years). Hanami is like a picnic to enjoy the cherry blossoms. People get together under the cherry blossoms and enjoy food and drinks. Many people go early in the morning to secure a spot. Cherry blossoms only bloom for a short time, usually for only a week or two. Cherry blossoms remind people that life is short and beautiful. The sunset with cherry blossoms was very beautiful. I saw a lot of people who were wearing Yukata or Samue. Why don7t you try them when you join events ...more >>

Traveling to Mt.Fuji and kamakura city 2nd day – A Gift from Japan

I took a photo with taking Onsen outside in the Ryokan in the morning, Onsen outside is called ROTEN-BURO. Mt.Fuji was very huge and a white cloud was moving on the top. we felt kinda scared too. We went to Kamakura is a coastal town in Kanagawa Prefecture, less than an hour south of Tokyo after checked out our Ryokan. Kamakura became the political center of Japan when Minamoto Yoritomo chose the city as the seat for his new military government in 1192. The Kamakura government continued to rule Japan for over a century, first under the Minamoto shogun and then under the Hojo regents. Kamakura is a small city and a very popular tourist destination. Sometimes called the Kyoto of Eastern Japan, Kamakura offers numerous temples, shrines, and other historical monuments. In addition, Kamakura's sand beaches attract large crowds during the summer months. This is the very famous market that is called Komachi-Dori ( Komachi street ) near Kamakura station. A lot of people w...more >>

Traveling to Mt.Fuji and kamakura city 1st day – A Gift from Japan

We stayed Japanese traditional hotel that is called Ryokan near Kawaguchi lake in Yamanashi prefecture Japan. We arrived near our Ryokan, Huge Mt.Fuji came up. The hotel we stayed in SHUHOUKAKU KOGETSU where you can enjoy the view of Kawaguchiko and the magnificent Mt.Fuji. I took Mtr.Fuji from my room. You can view Lake Kawaguchi and Mt.Fuji from your room also view them from spa ( Onsen ) This lake ( Kawaguchi lake ) is very famous, I took Mt.Fuji from the private beach of this hotel too. Mt,Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. It is 3776 meters above sea level and has a diameter of 44 kilometers. Mt Fuji is an active volcano which is located between Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures. In June of 2013, Mt. Fuji was registered as a World Heritage site. Mt. Fuji is a stratovolcano and has erupted several times. Mt. Fuji is considered to be the symbol of Japanese beauty and is often drawn ...more >>

Japanese Culture and Japanese gifts ( Hanko, Japanese Traditional Clothing and Accessories ) ⑨ - A Gift From Japan

I walked near Kyoto station in 16th Feb, I stopped by Higashi Honganji where is the biggest temple in Japan. Nishi Honganji and Higashi Honganji in Kyoto are the two head temples of the Jodo-Shin Sect, one of Japan’s largest Buddhist sects. Nishi Honganji, designated as a World Cultural Heritage site, boasts several surviving masterpieces of architecture from the Azuchi-Momoyama and early Edo periods, including the Karamon (National Treasure of Japan), a four-legged gate with Karahafu gables of undulating curves on the front and back. Higashi Honganji, built eleven years after Nishi Honganji, boasts the Goeido, Kyoto’s largest wooden building dedicated to the sect’s founder Shinran, and Shoseien, a small beautiful Japanese strolling-style garden with a pond. This is plum tree in the garden of this temple. This is called Toro ( a garden lantern ) is a kind of traditional Japanese lighting fixture. this Toro is very big, this theight is a...more >>

Japanese Culture and Japanese gifts ( Hanko, Japanese Traditional Clothing and Accessories ) ⑧ - A Gift From Japan

I went to a very popular GYOZA restaurant that is called HOHEI in GIon Kyoto Japan. I had a long line to enter there. Unluckily, I did not see Maiko at this time, because that is very famous among Maiko too. Gion is a district of Kyoto like this photo below. About Gion Japan, originally developed in the Middle Ages, in front of Yasaka Shrine. The district was built to accommodate the needs of travelers and visitors to the shrine. When you come to GIon area why don't you wear Yukata? Please check gorgeous and cute Yukata in our shop? https://name-stamp.com/japanese-gift/yukata-japanese-traditional-clothing It eventually evolved to become one of the most exclusive and well-known geisha districts in all of Japan. The geisha in the Gion district (and Kyoto generally) do not refer to themselves as geisha; instead, Gion geisha use the local term geiko. While the term geisha means "artist" or "person of the arts", the more direct term geiko mea...more >>

Japanese Culture and Japanese gifts ( Hanko, Japanese Traditional Clothing and Accessories ) ⑦ - A Gift From Japan

I went to the biggest Shrine in Shiga prefecture Japan. Oumi Jingu is enshrined in the site of Capital Otsu ”Otsukyo”.  Emperor Tenji was the great accomplisher of Taika Reformation and the great establisher in ancient Japan. After His demise, also, people worshipped particularly as the Shinto God. In the Meiji Era, the believers began the movement to build the Emperor's Shrine all over Japan. At last, in Nov.7,1940 (15th year of the Showa Era), the Shrine was completed here, site of Capital Otsu, near the site of old His Palace "Oumi-Otsu-no-Miya". Soon afterward, the shrine was raised to "Chokusai-sha". Annual Great Festival is celebrated in April 20, on the occasion of a visit by a specially dispatched imperial messenger. Achievements of Emperor Tenji  Founder of Omi Statute (the first statute), the first census register, a statesman of socialization to land and people, founder of the first national school, inventor of Water Clock "Rokoku", a phil...more >>

Japanese Culture and Japanese gifts ( Hanko, Japanese Traditional Clothing and Accessories ) ⑥ - A Gift From Japan

We have the doll festival that is called Hina Matsuri on March 3 also that is called girls day too. It's the day to pray for healthy growth and happiness for young girls. Most families with girls display dolls called Hina-Ningyo. Long ago, people threw paper dolls into rivers and in the sea to drive away evil spirits with them. People began displaying dolls in the Edo period. The dolls depict the imperial court. They are dressed in beautiful ancient court costumes. The Emperor and the Empress have sat on the top. The Emperor The Empress And three court ladies have sat on the second. The folding screen that's called Byoubu Paper lamp that's called Bonjiri Mandarin orange tree Cherry tree In the emperor's house Kyoto Japan, There is always a mandarin orange tree on the emperor's left side and cherry blossoms on his right side. Furniture and household goods that are ...more >>

A temple on the biggest lake in Shiga Japan. Samue, Jinbei, Yukata – A gift from Japan

Ukimi-do is a Buddhist temple of the Kaimonzan Mangetsu-ji Temple, which belongs to the Rinzai sect Daitokuji school, and it is located on a pier extending out into Lake Biwa at katana, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture. There is a very big pine tree. This tree trunk is very thick, that was planted more than 600 years ago. I went to my friends here. My friends were surprised at this temple on the Biwa lake in Shiga Japan. Why don't you stop by this temple Ukimi-do with wearing Yukata, Jinbei, Samue, or half coat ( Hanten ) ? name-stamp.com The most widely known symbol of Japanese traditional Summer outfit, Yukata are light and simple long robes, similar to Kimono in their shape but much more informal and easy to wear. They are usually worn during Japanese Summer events such as Matsuri or Fireworks Festivals. IN NY and London, wearing Japanese traditional clothing ( Samue, Jinbei, Yukata, and so on )which become a boom now. Female model : 165 cm Wearing siz...more >>

Japanese Culture and Japanese gifts ( Hanko, Japanese Traditional Clothing and Accessories ) ⑤ - A Gift From Japan

I went to one very famous temple in Kyoto that is called Toji. Toji, or the Kyöö Gokokuji, is a monastery-temple which was founded in 796 under Emperor Kammu’s order and is associated with Kūkai, the renowned Buddhist priest in the Heian period, Kūkai was honored with this imposing temple by Emperor Saga in 823. This temple boasts Japan’s tallest five-storied wooden pagoda, which is the most time-honored landmark in Kyoto. In addition to its impressive array of buildings, Toji possesses an extraordinary collection of Buddhist art, such as sculptures, mandalas, and implements used in esoteric rituals, which demonstrates that Toji was the center of Shingon practice in Kyoto. This is Japan’s tallest five-storied wooden pagoda. There are other temples in Toji There is a long gate and a big fence in Toji. On the 21st of every month a "Kobo Market" is opened in honor of Kobo Daishi, and it has the atmosphere of a temple festival. Also, I've taken ...more >>

Japanese Culture and Japanese gifts ( Hanko, Japanese Traditional Clothing and Accessories ) ④ - A Gift From Japan

I walked near Kyoto station in 2nd Feb, I stopped by Higashi Honganji where is the biggest temple in Japan. You can see the temple and Kyoto tower at the same time, The contrast between Kyoto tower and Kyoto station ( modern construction ) and the very old temple is very good. Also, you can see some carps in the temple's moat that is called Ohori in Japanese. And there are colorful carps that are called Nishikigoi in Japanese. They are very beautiful. Nishi Honganji and Higashi Honganji in Kyoto are the two head temples of the Jodo-Shin Sect, one of Japan’s largest Buddhist sects. Nishi Honganji, designated as a World Cultural Heritage site, boasts several surviving masterpieces of architecture from the Azuchi-Momoyama and early Edo periods, including the Karamon (National Treasure of Japan), a four-legged gate with Karahafu gables of undulating curves on the front and back. Higashi Honganji, built eleven years after Nishi Honganji, boasts the Goeido, Kyoto’s large...more >>

Japanese Culture and Japanese gifts ( Hanko, Japanese Traditional Clothing and Accessories ) ③ - A Gift From Japan

We have a special event that is called Setsubun on February 3rd. Today, Setsubun indicatesthe eve of the first day of spring by the old calendar, which is the end of a year. Setsubun isusuallythe day before the arrival of spring and it is the last day of winter. In the past, peoplebelieved that oni (demon) come when the seasons change in Japan. It was necessary todispel negative things and evil spirits that bring about various plagues before the start of a new season. The roasted beans used for Setsubun are called “Fukuyama,” which are said to be very effective against evil spirits. In order toinstill god’s power in the beans, they are to be offered/placed on the household altar until Setsubun. Scattering beans is apurification ritual for starting the new year. Throwing soybeans represents getting rid of bad luck andwelcominggood fortune. On Setsubun days, people throw away beanswith saying“Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi.” Throwing beans is called “Mamemaki” in Japanese....more >>

Japanese Culture and Japanese gifts ( Hanko, Japanese Traditional Clothing and Accessories ) ② - A Gift From Japan- A gift from Japan

I walked the lake in Shiga prefecture, Shiga has the biggest lake in Japan and some mountain ranges, since the end of new year eve, a lot of snow had come in Japan, so as you see these photos, beautiful snow mountain ranges And also there is a very beautiful flower field, those contrasts of snow mountain ranges, beautiful, Biwa lake and flower field are amazing. Besides, I found beautiful women who are wearing gorgeous kimonos also, those contrasts of beautiful sceneries and Kimono girls are very beautiful too. By the way, In Japan, people are considered adults at the age of 20. They are allowed to drink, smoke, and gamble. They can also have contracts for monthly subscription services without getting parental consent. As 'Coming-of-Age Ceremony that is called SEIJINSHIKI in Japanese is held annually on the second Monday of January. The ceremony is a ritual to celebrate all those who become 20 in the year and help them become aware of responsibilities as adults. Seij...more >>

Japanese Culture and Japanese gifts ( Hanko, Japanese Traditional Clothing and Accessories ) ① - A Gift From Japan

We eat Ozoni in the morning on 1st Jan. About Ozoni, Mochi is eaten to celebrate good health and long life. We eat Mochi in an Ozoni soup celebrating Japanese New Year. There are vegetables and mushrooms and so on all you want and Mochi in the Ozoni soup And we eat Osechi from 1st to 3rd Jan. Osechi is the traditional meal only prepared for New Year. All of the Ingredients in Osechi are well-meaning because Osechi is eaten to pray for good health and great harvest for a year. Also, we visit our favorite shrines or temples that are the first visit in that year that are called Hatsumode. Hatsumode means the first visiting in that year. I went to Tachiki shrines near my house on 1st Jan. When you come to any shrines or temples, you have to wash your hands at Chozuya first. First of all, wash your left hand then wash your right hand and put water on your left hand, wash inside the mouth with that water on the lef...more >>

31st DEC for Japanese is a special day in Japan – Yukata, Kimono – A gift from Japan

31st DEC for Japanese is a special day that is called Omisoka in Japan because most of Japanese feel exciting because the next day of 31st Dec is the new year that is called Osyogatsu when Japanese think the most important day in 365 days. And I took my garden on 31st because it was rarely much snow felt around Kyoto. In 31st, we take bath early time around 3 0r 4 pm and then eat Japanese noudle ( Soba ) that event is called Toshikoshi Soba. Toshikoshi means year crossing. Year-crossing noodles, Toshikoshi-soba, is Japanese traditional noodle bowl dish eaten on New Year’s Eve.” We must not eat Udon or Ramen,because soba noodles are easy to cut, we cut off the worst of the old year and welcome the new year, leaving all our troubles in the old year!. And at night, most of Japanese watch music festival on NHK that is called KOUHAKU UTAGASSEN KOUHAKU menas red and white very populor women's singers are in Red team and very populor men's singers are in White team, the...more >>