Participants of the Girls' Mikoshi parade at the Tenjin Festival get to showcase their energy and even have a shot at becoming Ms Tenjinbashi.
"The People and Culture of Japan" reveals how much of Japan's past persists in the present, from fireworks and kabuki to the centrality of Tokyo.
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Zushi City's Fireworks Festival returned with a bang after a four-year hiatus. But why are these magnificent displays a big deal in Japanese culture?
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Acclaimed author Karen Hill Anton has produced a masterfully crafted novel that will remain with you long after the final page is turned.
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The prized Echigo Joufu cloth for summer kimono — a beautiful collaboration between craftsmen and nature — actually hails from one of Japan's snowiest regions.
In her inspirational memoir, Karen Hill Anton describes how cultures can act as gateways to new human encounters rather than as barriers.
Amid a global chef shortage caused by the sushi boom, sushi schools are breaking with the apprenticeship tradition to offer intensive courses.
HOSOO opened its first international showroom in Milan, showing the world that tradition and innovation are complementary forces that give rise to masterpieces.
Yamagata is a perfect gateway to the authentic Japan. Many of its age-old mountains and remote onsen ryokans have been largely untouched by mainstream tourism.