culture

Koromo Gae: I changed my wardrobe for new season.

As Japan is blessed with four characteristic seasons, we need to survive all of distinctive environment. So our house and closet are filled with the items and gears for the survivals; from icy cold in winter to burning heat in summer.   Clothing is switched basically twice a year In fact the dates are officially set; 1st June and 1st October. Of course you can wear anything any time to make yourself comfortable but official clothes such as uniforms are changed in a snap on those days exactly – summer version from 1st June on starts and winter version from ...

If you love festivals, you should go to Japan in summer

Summer festival -Natsu-matsuri in Japanese - is one of the largest events in each community. Some of them are so prominent that attract a flock of visitors and tourists, even from abroad. But in fact, almost every local community holds their own summer festival. So just imagine thousands of summer festivals are happening throughout the season, throughout Japan. Such local-based Natsu-matsuri is a great opportunity for reconnection among the neighbours; people are too busy with each body’s activities - a person who lives in your next door doesn’t mean you can catch often.   But the day of the Natsu-matsuri ...

How about trying to send Shochu-mimai in summer in Japan?

In the age of internet, sending a physical postcard seems to be outmoded. But the fashion still persists with some nostalgia. There is one greeting card specific for the middle of summer.   ‘Shochu-mimai’ greeting card is the postcard exchanged in the mid-summer   The main purpose is to share the sympathy in enduring the consecutive days of harsh heat and remind the recipient to take good care of him/herself. Actually, there is a great deal of potential risk for heat stroke in recent years, and basically there’s high risk for food poisoning and loss of appetite in summer.   ...

At school in Japan We will teach swimming from elementary school.

wimming lesson seems to be set as one of the crucial parts of the education in Japan. Every school usually is equipped with a swimming pool, and kindergarten will not complete their time-table without giving children a dip during the mid-summer Learning swimming at swimming club is one of the most popular activities that parents arrange for their small children, often for health purpose, as many parents claim that the children became tougher against cold after starting swimming lessons. Swimming in school curriculum starts in June in Kanto region. It is still in the middle of annual rainy season so ...

Summer in Japan is too hot! Let's set Green curtains

During the summer, people are keen to grow climbing plants such as morning glory and bitter guard most commonly, by the windows of houses or public buildings. Windows will eventually get covered all over with the ‘Green Curtain’. This is a very practical idea. Not only the green coverage produces cool breezy shades against the sun but furthermore, the transpiration from the plants will actually reduce the temperature of nearby area. It also contributes to the reduction of CO2. This idea is not a new. But it has grown as much mainstream event in recent years along with the rise ...

Bukatsudo can build a strong body and spirit

Extracurricular activity is one of the main elements without which junior high school life cannot be described. Once children start junior-high-schooling, they are to opt one ‘Bukatsu' to enroll in. Bukatsu is ‘Bukatsudo’, in short, which means extracurricular activities. A number of activities are available at every school - from art, study to sports. In the life of junior high school students, Bukatsu activity really dominates their life, especially among sports activities which require constant training to keep up. Every day by the time class starts at 8 am, students would have completed their morning quota of the training. As ...

Emoji: Let's convey your thoughts with Pictogram

I guess ‘Emoji’ is one of the must-have apps. on the mobile phone. Those emotions and pictures help a lot to convey the nuances which alphabets cannot do enough; it softens the words and strengthens the emotions. But did you know the word ‘Emoji’ is Japanese? ‘E’ means picture and ‘moji’ means character, i.e. pictograph. Although Emoji first appeared on Japanese mobile phone in late 1990's, the use of pictograph in writing had been seen since 1980’s among young generations. Haven’t you found some Emoji icons that you would want to question what they mean? The Emoji app. includes a ...

Saving is one of the core ideas of Japanese style of living

 

It is said that in Edo era, everything was recycled in the metropolitan city of Edo. The idea has been nurtured until now being aware that Japan is a natural-resource-poor country. Though there were some times that the idea of overheat consumption was appreciated as seen in the late 80's. But people are basically very keen to live frugally. A lot of saving ideas are shared via books, magazines and internet etc. and people don’t wait to bring those ideas into practice.   It is a common tip to use bath water for washing clothes Pump up the remaining bath ...

Calligraphy is one of Japanese traditional culture expressing characters artistically using brush and ink

Have you seen Japanese calligraphy? They are an art of black and white, which turns writing or characters to worth appreciation as an art. It's called 'Shodo'. All children are given Shodo class from 10 years old until the end of the compulsory education. Competition takes place annually. The works are ranked and awarded. It is also one of the popular extracurricular activities. Therefore, every student owns a set of Shodo utensils. The major components are; ● Fude - a brush. It has a large variation of the diameter size. School students are normally equipped with three sizes; a fat size ...

Kodomo-kai: There is a system that increases the experience value of children

 

It is quite common for kids from 6 years old under age 12, i.e. children of primary school age, to enrol the activity club called ‘Kodomo-kai’. ‘Kodomo’ means children and ‘Kai’ means society, club or gatherings in Japanese. The purpose of the kodomo-kai is to provide children with a chance to communicate and cooperate with younger and elders in the community and give them variety of experiences outside of the family and school life, with the backup of their parents.   Funding source of "Kodomo-kai" A few coins of the fee are collected from every member monthly to keep up ...

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