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Hanko Stamp: All Japanese have a Hanko and it is used instead of a signature

Hanko is a small cylindrical object, 1~2 cm in diameter, and 5~6 cm in length, with one's name in stylized letters carved into the surface of one end. It is usually made of wood, but various materials such as stone・ synthetic resin, and metal are used. One sticks the carved surface into a red ink pad, then presses it on paper. In Europe and North America, a person's signature is regarded as important, but in Japan, the Hanko is in place of the signature. There are three main types of "Hanko" depending on the application.   Jitu-in(officially registered seal) The ...

Katori senkō: The Mosquito insense Coil in Japan

A mosquito coil is mosquito-repelling incense, usually made into a spiral, and typically made from a dried paste of pyrethrum powder. The coil is usually held at the center of the spiral, suspending it in the air, or wedged by two pieces of fireproof nettings to allow continuous smoldering. Burning usually begins at the outer end of the spiral and progresses slowly toward the center of the spiral, producing a mosquito-repellent smoke. A typical mosquito coil can measure around 15 centimeters (6 in) in diameter and lasts around 7–12 hours. Mosquito coils are widely used in Japan, Asia, Africa, South ...

Toliets In Japan:Where are you aiming for? The unique evolution of the toilet does not stop

Some Japanese toilets are an attraction all in their own, with a range of technological features that are sure to alarm the first time user. The high tech toilets, which are in most homes, hotels and shopping centres, feature an electronic panel that controls an array of handy features including seat warmers, hot air dryers and tiny robotic arms that squirt warm water at the guest. These technological marvels have become commonly known as washlet, a name that is the trademark of Toto, the largest manufacture of these high tech bidets. Japan is the world’s leader of toilet technology, some ...

HASHI: Chopsticks and Japanese

Haushi, chopsticks, are tableware, but they have symbolic caning for the Japanese. It is said that the Japanese start and end their lives with chopsticks. At each turning point in life, there is a ceremony using chopsticks. A baby and its parents celebrate me 100th day after its birth as kuizome (first meal) and the baby meets chopsticks. Other celebratory hashi are enmusubi (match-making) hashi, meoto (married couple) hashi at the wedding, and chõju (longevity) hashi. In Buddhism, when one dies, his/her family members moistens the lips of the deceased with matsugo no mizu (last water before death) applied using ...

Soroban:The more you use the soroban, the faster your calculathing skil becomes

Abacus might have been quite replaced by a calculator by now. But actually, as far as the speed and preciseness are concerned, the abacus would quite surpass the calculator if it is operated by an experienced user.   Soroban Japanese abacus, called ‘Soroban’ is made to be just simple; a number of rods lined in a rectangle frame. Each rod has 1 bead and 4 beads that are divided by a bar in between. A bead placed above the bar represents a number of five (5) and the each of 4 beads under the bar means a number of one ...

Yutampo: Old heating appliances are being reviewed at the present time in japan

 

Japanese housing used to be very cold during the winter season as they were traditionally built to accommodate the heat of summer. To get into the cold bedding in the icy cold room is simply tough. When the home heating was not enough, a hot water bottle had been a perfect solution as a bed warmer; it is a container into which hot water is filled and used as a heating source. It was once being declined in contrast to the rise of electric blankets However, since the middle of the 2000s in Japan, the use of hot water bottles ...

Tenugui hand towel has a simple beauty

Have you heard of a 'Japanese style hand towel'? It's called ‘Tenugui' which means ‘hand wipe'. It's a simple and thin cotton sheet about a size of 90cm x 35cm. Unlike western towel which is made from terry cloth, Tenugui is just rough, plain-woven fabric. Both ends are intentionally left un-hemmed to allow it to dry faster for hygienic reasons. In most of the households today, Tenugui is seemingly almost replaced with modern towels in regards to the use of bathing and considered obsolete. However, there's no alternative of Tenugui in some traditional areas. For instance, ‘Kendo' practitioners need Tenugui ...

Evolution of Japanese Rice Cooker knows no bounds

An electric rice cooker is a must-have appliance in the Japanese kitchen. The practical model was first released in the mid-fifties. Soon they were improved to equip with a cooking timer that saved users from being attentive as it switched on itself at your preferred time and turned off automatically when rice is ready. Various sizes are available according to the size of a family The smallest could cook only less than a cup of rice which is suitable for a single-family though the most common size range is from 3gou (450g) to 8gou (1,200g). A commercial purpose cooker can ...

Let's find your own "Chawan" in Japan

 

‘Chawan’ is a collective noun for the ceramics used to serve meals. In many countries, dishes serve for anyone indifferently. Though in Japan, basic pieces of dishes – such as plates, bowls, cups, and so on, except large serving dishes and plates – are personalized. When a family takes meals, each of the family members uses their own chawan. The size of chawan is prepared to match the user The big daddy would need a bigger portion to eat so that his set shall be a larger one. Mother’s could be secondly large. For small kids, the smaller ones will ...

Futon: I was very comfortable so I went back to sleep

Any idea about Japanese style bedding? In fact, western style bedding is becoming popular more and more, but traditionally Japanese sleep on ‘Futon’ prepared in a Tatami room. The word “futon' is used very loosely in English these days, referring to thick mattresses, duvets and sofa beds. The full futon set consists of several parts.     Futon set A set of Futon bedding consists of a mattress, blanket/s, and a duvet as well as a pillow. They are used with the covering for easy washing to keep them hygienic.   Futons are filled with cotton or feathers. First, a ...

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