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Genkō yōshi

Genkō yōshi is a type of Japanese paper used for writing. It is printed with squares. There are typically 200 or 400 squares on each sheet. Each square designed to accommodate a single Japanese character or punctuation mark. Genkō yōshi may be us ...

                                               

Gosei (fifth-generation Nikkei)

For other uses, see Gosei. Gosei is a Japanese language term used in countries in North America and South America to name the children born to Japanese people who immigrated. The emigrants or immigrants who were born in Japan are called Issei ; a ...

                                               

Gosei (questions)

For other uses, see Gosei. Gosei is a mental exercise for thinking over the events of each day. Gosei are a series of questions which each cadet is expected to ask himself each day. These five open-ended questions are part of the traditions of Ja ...

                                               

Haiku

Haiku is a type of Japanese poetry. Previously called hokku, haiku was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century. The traditional hokku usually was written in six verses or more or less 5, 7, 5 syl ...

                                               

Hamamatsu festival

Hamamatsu Festival is a festival held in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, on May 3 to 5 every year. The Hamamatsu festival is not a religious festival but a city festival. In Japan, May 3 to 5 is a holiday called Golden week. Golden week is ...

                                               

Hanami

Hanami means "flower viewing" in Japanese. Enjoying beautiful flowers is an old Japanese custom. Cherry blossoms are the most popular. The custom of hanami is more than a thousand years old. It is still very popular in Japan. Hanami takes place i ...

                                               

Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty is a Japanese character of a cat. It was made in 1974 by a Japanese company named Sanrio. Her real name is Kitty White. The character has a large head. She usually has a red bow between her ears. She has no mouth. Sanrio said that she ...

                                               

Hikikomori

Hikikomori is a Japanese word that describes people who withdraw from society and spend extreme amounts of time on their own. The withdrawal usually happens slowly. Tamaki Saitō was the first person to use the word. In 1998 his book Shakaiteki hi ...

                                               

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is a Japanese castle which is in Himeji in Hyōgo Prefecture. It includes 83 buildings made of wood. It is sometimes known as Hakurojō or Shirasagijō because of its brilliant white exterior. It is a Japanese National Cultural Treasur ...

                                               

Hinamatsuri

Hinamatsuri, also called Dolls Day or Girls Day, is a special day in Japan. Hinamatsuri is celebrated each year on March 3. This is a day for thinking about the happiness and health of young girls in Japanese families.

                                               

Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi

Historic Monuments and Sites of Hiraizumi is the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hiraizumi in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. The site covers 5 locations. Four of these places are Buddhist temples. The sacred Mount Kinkeisan is also included in the group ...

                                               

Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto Uji and Otsu Cities)

Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto is the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kyoto in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The site covers 17 locations in three cities - in Kyoto, in Uji Kyoto Prefecture and in Ōtsu Shiga Prefecture. Three of these places are Sh ...

                                               

Hokkaidō

Hokkaidō, also known as Ezo and Yezo, is a volcanic island in Japan. It is the northernmost of Japans four main islands. Hokkaidō Prefecture covers the entire island. About 5.500.000 live on the island. It is north of Honshu. It is the second lar ...

                                               

Important Cultural Properties of Japan

Important Cultural Properties of Japan is a list of items made by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs. These are places and things that are especially important to the Japanese people.

                                               

Issei

Issei is a Japanese language term used in countries in North America and South America to name the Japanese people who immigrated. The emigrants or immigrants who were born in Japan are called Issei ; and their children born in the new country ar ...

                                               

Izakaya

An izakaya is a type of bar in Japan where many people go to drink and have snacks. Unlike bars or pubs which are western-style, izakayas are Japanese-style and sell things like beer, chūhai and sake, and have a bigger variety of foods than bars ...

                                               

Japanese Imperial year

Japanese Imperial year or "National calendar year" is a unique calendar system in Japan. It is based on the legendary founding of Japan by Emperor Jimmu in 660 BC. Kōki emphasizes the long history of Japan and the Imperial dynasty.

                                               

Japanese traditional dance

There are two types of Japanese traditional dance: Odori, which was created in the Edo period; and Mai, which was created in the western part of Japan. Odori came from Kabuki drama, where it is danced by men. Mai derives from Noh drama, also danc ...

                                               

Jidai Matsuri

The Jidai Matsuri is a traditional Japanese festival held every year on October 22 in Kyoto, Japan. It is enjoyed by people of all ages, participating in its historic reenactment parade, dressed in historic costumes representing different periods ...

                                               

Kaiju

Kaiju is a Japanese word meaning "strange creature". In English, it has come to mean "monster" or "giant monster", referring to creatures of a large size seen in movies from Asia. Many kaiju movies are made in Japan. It is a type of tokusatsu ent ...

                                               

Kokeshi

Kokeshi is the Japanese traditional doll. The doll has a very simple shape;only the head of the globe and the body of the column. A joint of the head and the body was made thin so that a child was easy to grasp it.

                                               

Kyūshū

Kyushu is one of Japans four main islands. It is the most southern of the main islands. Kyūshū is the third largest island of Japan.

                                               

Maneki Neko

Maneki Neko, also known as "welcoming cat", "lucky cat", "money cat" or "fortune cat", is a common Japanese figurine. It is a lucky charm. This small statue is found in many Japanese shops, and it is also seen in some places outside Japan. Maneki ...

                                               

Mangaka

Mangaka is the Japanese word for a comic artist or cartoonist. Outside of Japan, manga usually means a Japanese comic book. Mangaka means the author of the manga, who is usually Japanese. Some artists may study at an art college, manga school, or ...

                                               

Minka

Minka is general Japanese term for all rural and traditional buildings except for palaces, temples and structures which have been influenced by Western architecture. Minka are traditional houses and private residences of farmers, artisans, and me ...

                                               

Mono no aware

Mono no aware is a Japanese literary term. It means "the pathos of things" in English. Pathos is the power in literature that creates feelings of sorrow, pity and tenderness. Mono no aware is a very important concept when reading old literature, ...

                                               

Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara

Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara is the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nara in Nara Prefecture, Japan. The site covers eight places in the old capital city of Nara. Five are Buddhist temples, one is a Shinto shrine, one is a Palace and one a pri ...

                                               

National Foundation Day

National Foundation Day is a national holiday in Japan celebrated annually on 11 February. It celebrates the legendary foundation of Japan, and the accession of its first emperor, Emperor Jimmu, at Kashihara gū.

                                               

Nihonbashi

Nihonbashi, also romanized as Nihombashi, is a business district of Chūō in Tokyo, Japan. The district grew up around the bridge of the same name. The bridge connects two sides of the Nihonbashi River. A series of bridges at the same site have ha ...

                                               

Nisei

Nisei is a Japanese language term used in countries in North America and South America to name the children born to Japanese people who immigrated. The emigrants or immigrants who were born in Japan are called Issei ; and their children born in t ...

                                               

Noh

Noh or No is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama. It started in the 14th century and continues today. Noh is made up of mai, hayashi and utai. The performers use masks and dance slowly. Zeami and his father Kanami brought Noh to its ...

                                               

Omamori

Omamori are Japanese amulets. They are commonly sold at shrines. Omamori are dedicated to particular Shinto deities as well as Buddhist figures. They are believed to protects a wearer from bad luck and brings good luck. They were riginally made f ...

                                               

Renju

Renju is a version of the board game Gomoku. The game comes from Japan. It is played in many other countries including China, Korea, Russia, Estonia and Sweden. It is played with black and white stones on a Go board.

                                               

Sansei

Sansei is a Japanese language term used in countries in North America and South America to name the children born to Japanese people who immigrated. The emigrants or immigrants who were born in Japan are called Issei ; and their children born in ...

                                               

Sen Sōshitsu

Genpaku Sōtan 1578-1658 Sen Sōshitsu IV 四代目千宗室, 1622-1697 Sen Rikyū 1522-1591 Shōan Sōjun 1546-1614 Sen Sōshitsu V 五代目千宗室, 1673-1704 Sen Sōshitsu VI 六代目千宗室, 1694-1726 Sen Sōshitsu VII 七代目千宗室, 1709-33 Sen Sōshitsu VIII 八代 ...

                                               

Seppuku

Seppuku is a Japanese ritual where a samurai kills himself by cutting into his belly. After one had done so, a second person would cut off his head. It was thought that seppuku was an honorable way to die. Sometimes, it is called hara-kiri, which ...

                                               

Shichi-Go-San

Shichi-Go-San is one of the most important events for children in Japan. Every year on November 15, parents whose children are three, five, and seven years old celebrate the growth of their child.

                                               

Shikata ga nai

Shikata ga nai is a Japanese phrase and cultural concept. The phrase means "it cannot be helped" or "nothing can be done about it". Shikata ga nai implies a kind of hard work which is defined by Japanese culture. If something happens which is bey ...

                                               

Shikoku

Shikoku is the smallest of Japans four main islands. About 4 million people live there, fewer than on any of the other main islands. The island lies south of Honshu and east of Kyūshū across the Kanmon Strait. A bridge connects it to Honshu. Farm ...

                                               

Shogi

Shogi is also known as Japanese chess. It is a two-player board game in the same family as International chess, and Chinese Xiangqi. Shogi is the most popular of a family of chess variants, and is native to Japan. Shōgi means generals boardgame. ...

                                               

Suiseki

Suiseki is the Japanese term for small naturally occurring or shaped rocks which are traditionally appreciated. They are similar to Chinese scholars rocks. Suiseki can be any color. There are a wide variety of sizes. Suiseki can weigh hundreds of ...

                                               

The Tale of Genji

The Tale of Genji is a classic work of Japanese literature. It is believed to have been written by the Japanese noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu at the beginning of the 11th century, around the highest point of the Heian Period. The form of the langua ...

                                               

Tōkaidō (road)

The Tōkaidō a major road in ancient Japan. It was one of five main roads during the Edo period. The route connected Edo and Kyoto along the sea coast of eastern Honshū.

                                               

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower is a tower in Shiba Park, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo Tower is 333 m 1093 ft tall. It the worlds highest self-supporting steel tower and the tallest structure in Tokyo. The highest number of visitors was about 5.2 million a year 19 ...

                                               

Uchiwa

Uchiwa is a traditional Japanese fan. It is often used to create a breeze to keep cool in hot weather. They are part of Japanese seasonal traditions and are often given as gifts during these times. Originally, uchiwa were made from big leaves and ...

                                               

Ukiyo-e

Ukiyo-e, "pictures of the floating world", is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints. They were produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries, that showed landscapes, tales from history, the theatre, and brothels. It is the main artistic genre o ...

                                               

Visual kei

Visual kei is a Japanese musical style that started in the late 1980s. Visual kei was influenced by glam rock. Visual kei artists use striking fashion and theatrical performances to highlight their music. Early visual kei bands were strongly infl ...

                                               

Waka

Waka or Yamato uta is a genre of Japanese poetry. Waka literally means "Japanese poem" in Japanese. The word waka was originally created by poets during the Heian Period to make clear the difference between native Japanese poetry and the kanshi. ...

                                               

Wakasa Lacquerware

Wakasa lacquerware is traditional Japanese art from Obama City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Wakasa lacquerware can be boxes or other objects. They are covered in decorations of eggshells, seashells, and pine needles. Wakasa lacquerware uses togidash ...

                                               

Yamato nadeshiko

Yamato nadeshiko is a Japanese term and a flower metaphor. The term describes the "flower of Japanese womanhood" or what is generally believed to be typical and best about Japanese women. It also means "traditional daughter of Japan". The phrase ...