Japanese Culture

Bijin-ga

Bijin-ga

Bijin-ga (Japanese: 美人画, "paintings of beautiful people," the term bijin (美人) of Chinese etymology, meaning morphologically "beautiful person," but applying primarily to...
Seiza

Seiza

Seiza (正座, "correct sitting"), is the Japanese term for the traditional way of sitting in Japan. Seiza Form To sit in seiza...
Bosozoku

Bosozoku

Bōsōzoku (Japanese 暴走族; literally 'brutal running tribe') are a Japanese subculture similar to Western tuning clubs: groups of mostly young men who...
Yakuza Gang

Yakuza Gang

A yakuza (ヤクザ) is a member of an organized crime group in Japan (mafia). The yakuza are represented by four main syndicates,...
Yubitsume

Yubitsume

Yubitsume (jap. 指詰め, engl. "finger shortening"), also called yubi o tobasu, describes a ritual in Japanese culture that is performed for the...
Taikomochi

Taikomochi

Taikomochi (太鼓持) or hókan (幇間), was the name of the Japanese male geisha. Taikomochi History The Japanese equivalent of the court jester,...
Namahage

Namahage

Namahage (生剥) is a Japanese ritual currently practiced on New Year's Day in the Oga Peninsula near Akita, a prefecture in the...
Kumadori

Kumadori

Kumadori ( 隈取 ) is a type of stage makeup used by kabuki actors, especially when performed in the bold and grandiloquent...
Japanese Castle

Japanese Castle

Japanese castles (城 shiro) were fortifications built primarily of stone and wood. These evolved from the wooden buildings of earlier centuries to...
Japanese Martial Arts

Japanese Martial Arts

The terms Japanese martial arts refer to a wide variety of martial arts originating in Japan. They translate at least three commonly...
Torii Gate

Torii Gate

A torii (Japanese: 鳥居) is a traditional Japanese arch most commonly found at the entrance or inside a Shinto shrine, where it...
Ukiyo-e

Ukiyo-e

Ukiyo-e, ukiyo-ye or ukiyo-ê (浮世絵, "portraits of the floating world" in a literal sense), commonly also known as Japanese print, is a...
Japanese Art

Japanese Art

The art of Japan (日本美術 Nippon bijutsu) is an expression of Japanese culture, developed over time in various periods and styles that...
Geisha

Geisha

A geisha (芸者), also known as a geiko (芸子/芸妓) or geigi (芸妓), is an artist and lady-in-waiting in Japan, who devotes her...
Chashitsu

Chashitsu

Chashitsu (Japanese: 茶室;) is a "tea house" which in the Japanese tradition is an architectural space designed exclusively to be used for...
Butoh

Butoh

Butoh is a dance born in Japan in the 1960s. This "dance of the dark body" breaks with the traditional live arts...
Setsubun

Setsubun

Setsubun (節分) is a Japanese celebration held the day before the start of a new season of the year. The name literally...
Irezumi Tattoos

Irezumi Tattoos

Irezumi (入れ墨, 刺青 or タトゥー) refers to a particular form of traditional tattooing in Japan, which covers large parts of the body,...
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