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Some people also use the word “Sakura” for other types of blooming flowers. The “Shiba Zakura (Sakura)” is one example: this flower is actually Phlox subulata.
“Shinzen Kekkonshiki” is one of the wedding styles popular in Japan. It is a Shinto style wedding, which means a wedding before the gods. One of the highlights at the ceremony is the drinking of sake by the couples with three different sizes of flat cups called “sakazuki”.
Ume(Japanese apricot or plum) blooms early in spring, and is also called “Harutsugegusa,” meaning “a flower that tells people the coming of springtime.”
“Hinamatsuri”, Japanese Doll’s Festival, means “pray for the happiness of girls”. In the festival, Japanese people display dolls such as “Odairisama”, which means “Emperor”, and “Ohinasama”, which means “Empress” on a stepped pedestal in each household.
Japanese people love “donburi” (or “donburi-mono”), which refers to a deep bowl of rice topped with a variety of ingredients that are either cooked or fresh.
“Kawazu-zakura”, which is located in Shizuoka prefecture near Tokyo, is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot.
Japanese chopsticks, “Hashi” are unique and it is said that they represent Japanese food culture. Japanese people have and use their own chopsticks at home.
Probably you already know that “Kimono” presents Japan’s national costume. In Japan, we have many kinds of “Kimono” so we just sorted them out by shapes, purposes or materials.
Urushi is a natural ingredient which can be acquired from a tree. Scratching the surface of Urushi trees, it comes out as sap. Urushi products are very eco-friendly and safe.
“Setsubun,” literally meaning seasonal division and formally called “Risshun” (the first day of spring), is celebrated on February 3rd every year.
“Chanko-nabe” is one of Japanese hot pot dishes “Nabe-ryori”. It was originally cooked by sumo wrestlers.
“Japanese sword”, which is called “Nihonto” in Japanese, was not only used as a battle sword but also for artworks, because it has a beautiful figure with the meaning of “the soul of the samurai”.
“Ginzan Onsen” is a secluded hot-spring town in the mountains of Yamagata prefecture. In a ranking of Japanese hot-spring towns, “Ginzan Onsen” has ranked top because of its beautiful winter scenery.
In Japan, people buy “Fukubukuro”, which means “Happy bag” in Japanese. “Fukubukuro” is mainly sold in department stores as well as jewelry stores and apparel stores.
There is a unique custom in Japan that children receive pocket money called “Otoshidama” from their parents and relatives every new year.
In Japan, it is believed that if people eat “Nanakusa gayu”, they can get new life force from the natural world, and they can live longer in good health.
December is a very busy and hectic period in Japanese culture that culminates with celebrating the New Year’s Eve “Oomisoka.”
Japanese calligraphy called “Kakizome” is a ceremony held on January 2nd every year.
In Japan, “Hatsuyume” means the first dream of new year. To Japanese people, what they can see in “Hatsuyume” is of great interest of New Year.
“Oshogatsu” (New Year) is the most important and celebrated holiday in Japan. It is more like a traditional Western Christmas.
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