Category: Japan

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Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Many people dream of going to Japan on holiday and Tokyo, which is the country’s capital, has a lot to offer. It does not matter if you travel alone, with something or with children....

Ishigaki - an undiscovered gem

Ishigaki, Japan

Ishigaki is an island in the Japanese archipelago of Yaeyama Islands in the Pacific Ocean managed by Okinawa Prefecture which also manages some of the disputed islands in the conflict with China and Taiwan....

Music in Japan

Music in Japan

The imperial court music, gagaku, was developed in the 700s under Chinese and Korean influence. Gagaku is bound by strict rules with no room for improvisation. The musicians’ location and costumes are carefully prescribed...

Japanese Garden in Tokyo National Museum

Landscape Architecture in Japan

Japanese garden art has ancient roots. The first traces can be traced back to around the year 500 and show strong influence from Chinese tradition. It is believed that the most important basic elements...

Japan (modern architecture)

Architecture in Japan

The prototype of the Shinto temples seems to originate from the Kofun period: a wooden structure with posts and beams filled with lightweight walls of thin sheets; the roof is covered with straw; the...

Tsuba. Brass with gilt details. Meiji period.

Crafts in Japan

Craft in Japan is at a high level, in particular to the work in lacquer, metal and ceramics. Objects in the famous treasury Shosoin show that the painting was already very high in the...

Japan

Mass Media in Japan

Mass media in Japan Mass media in Japan includes a number of newspapers, magazines and radio and television channels. Press The first modern newspapers in Japan saw the light of day after the country’s...

Shikibu Murasaki, 1876 painting

Japan’s Literature Part I

Japan has a rich literary history that goes back to the 7th century. Until the modernization of Japanese society in the late 1800s, history is usually divided into periods named after the changing capitals:...

Japan Religion

Japan Religion

Japan’s two leading religions are Shintoism and Buddhism, and most Japanese practice both despite their differences. Shinto ceremonies are often used at birth and wedding and Buddhist rites at funerals and commemorations. Chinese Confucianism...

Fuji-san with its 3776 meters

Climate in Japan

Japan has a monsoon climate with a pronounced seasonal change of the dominant wind directions, but with considerable variations, both from north to south, and from east to west. The four large islands cover...