Must-have high-quality Japanese kitchen knife brands

Best 6 Japanese kitchen knife brands       There are countless kitchen knife brands in the world. Among them, Japanese kitchen knives are famous for their sharpness and long-lasting. Because Japan is a country where the technology cultivated with Japanese swords (Katana or Nihonto) still continues. However, Japanese knives also have both high and low quality products. In terms of quality and reliability, you had better choose a famous brand as it is.reliability.  I will introduce six kitchen knife brands that can be trusted to be chosen from the countless cutlery manufacturers.         Tojiro   Tojiro is a famous knife manufacturer who inherits the tradition of the town. The cutleries in Read more about Must-have high-quality Japanese kitchen knife brands[…]

Best 10 love Tanka poems by famous Japanese poets

Classic 5-5-5-7-7 Tanka poems about love and romance     Though the poetry dealing with various themes, Tanka poems of romance is especially popular. Because in any age, the feelings of love for others are the same, and we easily feel sympathy for the poems. I’ll show you famous 10 love Tanka poems throughout the Japanese poem history.    Related Post     1.  Kakinomoto Hitomaro (662-710)     <Japanese> 足引きの 山鳥の尾の しだり尾の  ながながし夜を ひとりかもねむ Ashibiki no/ Yamadori no o no/ Shidari o no/ Naganagashi yo wo/ Hitori kamo nen   <English> Like a long And hang down Tail of a copper pheasant, I sleep alone At long long night.   Read more about Best 10 love Tanka poems by famous Japanese poets[…]

Japanese Tanka poetry and famous poems

The oldest poetry form in Japan, Tanka       Although haiku is famous as traditional Japanese poetry throughout the world, Tanka that has more 1000 years history than haiku. Tanka has been closely attached to the lives of people and loved by them still today beyond the years.     What is and how to write Tanka Poetry?   Tanka is a short lyric poem with syllables of five, seven, five, seven and seven. It is longer than haiku by the last two syllables.    Related Post   Originally it was one of the kinds of Waka poetry. And Tanka had already been completed as a form of Japanese poetry since Read more about Japanese Tanka poetry and famous poems[…]

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Hina dolls for Japanese Girls Festival (Hinamiatsuri)

What is the traditional Hina-ningyo (Hina doll)     When various flowers begin to bloom, March 3rd is the day of Hina-matsuri (the Festival of Dolls/the Girl’s Festival). It is a festival when Japanese family display hina dolls and pray for young girls’ growth and happiness. The Hina-ningyo used to be displayed on a stand with several levels like stairs in old days. But today, the doll sets are smaller with fewer dolls to be suitable for Japanese houses.        Hina-matsuri (the Girls Festival)     The origin of the Hina-matsuri dates back to “Joshi-setsu” which occurred in ancient China around 300 years. “Joshi” is the meaning of the day in Read more about Hina dolls for Japanese Girls Festival (Hinamiatsuri)[…]

Kano Hogai Merciful Mother Kannon

Kanō Hōgai’s Merciful Mother Kannon

“Merciful Mother Kannon”     Kanō Hōgai (1828-1888) was born in the house of a painter who was a purveying painter to the Chofu Clan and was blessed with the talent for painting from a young age. While belonging to the Kanō school and acting as a painter of the shogunate, he learned ink paintings such as Sesshu.   Related Posts     When he was 54 years old, he met Fenollosa who appreciated Japanese paintings. Hōgai began to aim for the creation of new Japanese painting incorporating techniques such as aerial perspective and bright contrast.   “Merciful Mother Kannon” is his last work which he painted until 4 days before the death. The Read more about Kanō Hōgai’s Merciful Mother Kannon[…]

Japanese clutch and Gamaguchi bags from Nishijin Okamoto, Kyoto

Nishijin Okamoto’s Kinran (gold brocade) bag       Nishijin-ori is a traditional handicraft product produced in the area of Nishijin, Kyoto Prefecture, which is the representative site for silk fabrics in Japan. Nishijin-ori, which is a high-grade silk fabric, has many types and low volume production. First of all, it inherits the Japanese kimono technique since the Heian period.   Related Post     The beginning of this fabric is the Tumulus period (250-538), and now 12 kinds of varieties are designated as Nishijin Textile by law. It is distinctive that there are various ways of weaving such as lace fabric and double structure. And since the fabric is woven Read more about Japanese clutch and Gamaguchi bags from Nishijin Okamoto, Kyoto[…]

Traditional Samue clothing from Kiryu in Japan

Wasuian’s high-quality Samue and other Japanese wears         Originally Samue is one of the traditional Japanese clothing worn by the Buddhist temple priests when they do daily works.    Related Post   However, because it is superior in functionality, the opportunity for ordinary people to wear Samue has increased recently. As more and more people wear it in the room, demand for the more comfortable products is rising. Wasuian responds to such a request.   Wasuian is a commodity brand of Ida Textile Company which has headquarters in Kiryu City, Gumma Prefecture. Kiryu City is an area flourished by textiles, the history of the fiber industry is old, it dates back Read more about Traditional Samue clothing from Kiryu in Japan[…]

Classic and modern Mizutori Geta in Japan

Japanese Geta clogs of Mizutori   About 100km from the east of Mt. Fuji, Aoi-ku is a part of Shizuoka City in Shizuoka Prefecture. Aoi is famous for a hot spring and there are many ryokan hotels with onsen. As is near to the Suruga Bay, a lot of tourists who also expects delicious seafood visit the city. But another, Aoi has a local specialty. That is Suruga Geta.   Suruga Geta, made by craftsmen who inherited the technology from the Edo era, developed as a special product of Shizuoka. But due to the Westernization of Japanese living, the demand for traditional footwear, clogs, has drastically decreased. Mizutori Industry has challenged Read more about Classic and modern Mizutori Geta in Japan[…]

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Types of Obi belt and how to choose

Obi sash, important part of kimono cloth     An obi is an accessory for fixing clothes by winding around the waist from above the kimono. However, the combination with the traditional Japanese clothing is also important, as it is much wider and longer than the belt. The history of the Obi is said to be older than that of kimono, and for samurai, it is a place to put their swords and for women, it was a clothing item to claim personality.     There are various colors and patterns in the obi, and it is a pleasure to choose from them, but first you need to know that there Read more about Types of Obi belt and how to choose[…]

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Hasegawa Tōhaku’s Pine Trees folding screen painting

“Pine Trees”     “Pine Trees” is said to be a work drawn by Hasegawa Tōhaku (1539-1610) when he was in the 50s. And the painting is his masterpiece as well as a masterpiece of the early modern ink painting. It is rare examples reflected in Japan, the attitude of faithfulness to Mokkei (?-1269) who was a Chinese monk and painter in the Southern Song Dynasty.   He was working on the ceiling painting of Daitokuji Temple in Kyoto around the age of 50, and he saw the Chinese monk’s painting at the temple and received a great shock. He trained hard at Daitokuji Temple to acquire the techniques of Mokkei’s ink painting. “Pine Read more about Hasegawa Tōhaku’s Pine Trees folding screen painting[…]