Home / Living in Tokyo / Japanese Holidays & Culture

Japanese Holidays & Culture

Home » Living in Tokyo » Japanese Holidays & Culture

What is Tanabata? – July 7th

Tanabata

Tanabata is celebrated on July 7th in Japan. Celebrate with your family! Buy a branch of bamboo, some cute origami paper, and write and tie wishes to decorate. Learn, go and make Tanabata! Remember July 7th.  Learn about Tanabata   The History – (content edited version of Wikipedia) Tanabata (七夕, meaning “Evening …

Read More »

Teru Teru Bozu – Rain, Rain, Go Away Craft

Looks like a perfect rainy day weekend to make Teru Teru Bozu. A cute custom and craft in Japan is the Teru teru bozu (てるてる坊主). “Teru” is a Japanese verb which describes sunshine, and a “bōzu” is a Buddhist monk.  The dolls are handmade with white cloth that children make …

Read More »

Tokyo Father’s Day – Gift Ideas and Outings with Dad

Tokyo Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16th, 2019. Celebrate all that dads do with these great gift ideas and outings. Tokyo Father’s Day – Gift Ideas and Outings with Dad 1) Personalized Card from kids. Dads heart`s melt when receiving personalized Father`s Day cards from kids. Here are a few …

Read More »

Koinobori – Learn, Go, Make! – May Fun

Children's Day in japan, Best Living Japan

I love seeing the growing schools of koinobori swimming in the city sky this time of year. Do you have a koinobori (carp streamer)? I love the colors, the movement and the symbolism. The carp streamers are hung in celebration of Children’s Day which is May 5th.   If you have …

Read More »

White Day: Thursday, March 14, 2019

Do you know the interesting history of White Day? Just a fun bit of information to share this cold, tax month. Did you know that White Day began in 1978 in Japan, was started by a Marshmallow company,  and has now spread to South Korea, Taiwan, and China? Read below for more …

Read More »

Best of Setsubun, February 3rd – Read, Go and Make!

We have curated the Best of Setsubun information for your education and amusement. Are you ready for Setsubun? It’s on Sunday, February 3rd. There are so many great festivals, crafts and art associated with Setsubun. Below are some of the best inspirational and educational bits we could find!  We love …

Read More »

2019 Japan Post Nengajyo (New Years Postcard) Lottery

Happy New Year! By now you should have received nengajo (年賀状) / New Year Cards in your mailbox. Nengajyo are the equivalent to the Western custom of sending out Christmas cards. The latest date nengajo are delivered by is January 7th. If you have received a card from someone you …

Read More »

Tokyo New Year Fun Dec 30, 2018 – Jan 1, 2019

If you are staying in Tokyo this holiday season, we hope you will enjoy our recommendations for Tokyo New Year Fun Dec 30, 2018 – Jan 1, 2019. Although being away from your home country for the end of year holidays can be hard on the heart, there are great activities …

Read More »

Fukubukuro Lucky Bags in Japan – 10 Tips for Smooth Shopping

Fukubukuro Lucky Bags in Japan – 10 Tips for Smooth Shopping What are Fukubukuro? Since its inception in the early 20th century, fukubukuro have become synonymous with New Year’s in Japan. Originally intended as a means for shops to sell off excess inventory, these lucky bags typically contain merchandise sold …

Read More »

Otoshidama (New Year Money) – Top 10 Must Knows

Do you know the history and present day etiquette of otoshidama (お年玉 )? If you have children in the house, child relatives and or special friend’s kids you must know about this Japanese tradition, especially if you are living in Japan. As part of the Japanese New Year’s celebration, it is …

Read More »

7-5-3 Celebrations in Japan – 2018 Preparation and Ceremony

7-5-3 Celebrations in Japan

November 15th is the official day of 7-5-3 Celebrations in Japan (Shichi-go-san, 七五三), but many families start to prepare and hold ceremonies from mid-October. Families with girls age 7 & 3 and boys 5 celebrate coming of age by dressing up and visiting shrines across Japan. You can find children …

Read More »

10 Ways to Celebrate the New Year in Japan

10 Ways to Celebrate the New Year in Japan The Japanese New Year (正月/しょうがつ/Shougatsu) in Japan is a rather laid-back event stretching over a one week period. While festive parties and New Year’s countdowns are catching on, especially in bigger cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kobe, the Japanese New Year …

Read More »

Japanese New Year Preparations

Are you preparing for Japanese New Year? Tokyo goes quiet this week as most Japanese travel back to their hometowns to eat, drink and relax for three days. I love the silence of Tokyo over the holiday – a great time to bike around due to far fewer cars, and …

Read More »

Tokyo Area 2017 Chrysanthemum Festivals

Tokyo Area 2017 Chrysanthemum Festivals

Enjoy the clear and crisp skies of autumn to visit the top 10 chrysanthemum festivals in Tokyo. Although people typically associate cherry blossoms with Japan, the chrysanthemum has the richest association with Japan’s culture and history. To learn more about the cultural and historical links read this article. Tokyo Area …

Read More »

10 Must Do Family Activities – Japan Autumn

We love Autumn in Japan so here our true and tested 10 Must Do Family Activities – Japan Autumn. Plan your September – November schedule to try to include as many of these as you can. I am sure you and your kids will not be disappointed. Bring on the …

Read More »

Experience the world of Noh with Noh actor, Noboru Sano

Experience the world of Noh. What is Noh? Noh is a traditional form of performing arts with over 650 years of history. It has been proclaimed the “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in 2001, and is an important cultural asset to Japan. Noboru Sano, …

Read More »

Tokyo New Year Fun Dec 30, 2016 – Jan 2, 2017

If you are staying in Tokyo this holiday season, we hope you will enjoy our recommendations for Tokyo New Year Fun Dec 30, 2016 – Jan 2, 2017. Although being away from your home country for the end of year holidays can be hard on the heart, there are great activities …

Read More »

Tokyo Area 2016 Illuminations – Quick Reference Guide

Tokyo Area 2016 Illuminations

There are holiday illuminations across Japan but here are our recommended top Tokyo Area 2016 Illuminations picks. Most have started, but some of the best will begin on December 1st. A great time of the year to walk or bike around Tokyo.  Since the sunsets so early in Japan you can …

Read More »

Tokyo Area 2016 Chrysanthemum Festivals

Tokyo Area 2016 Chrysanthemum Festivals

Enjoy the clear and crisp skies of autumn to visit the top 10 chrysanthemum festivals in Tokyo. Although people typically associate cherry blossoms with Japan, the chrysanthemum has the richest association with Japan’s culture and history. To learn more about the cultural and historical links read this article. Tokyo Area …

Read More »