Monthly Archives: December 2013

Okinawan Culture in Dance and Song

This past weekend the Okinawa cultural promotion association in partnership with the Kume Island Board of Education hosted a free night of song and dance at the Gushikawa Community center on Kumejima. The event, titled Dentou Tenou Kouen (伝統芸能公演) or Traditional Arts Performance, was a two-part evening with a mixture of traditional music, dance, and plays. The majority of the performances were in the Okinawan dialect hogen, which most people no longer regularly speak. Along with the performances were subtitles

I Don’t Want a Bed

Sleeping in Japan isn’t as straight forward as you might expect. Houses in Japan have unique features that have led to differences in the appliances and things people use in the home. One of the most significant differences is the way people in Japan traditionally sleep. With raised floors and often muddy outdoors, it is understandable that removing shoes before entering one’s house became commonplace, and then the rule. Since they are raised off the ground and cleaner without boots tracking

Japanese Houses

Japan’s unique history has led to culture that is not surprisingly unique in the world. In Japan, natural disasters and local weather has led to housing adapted for the resources and needs of the people. While new materials have been included in modern building, many of the aesthetics developed for traditional housing are still carried into the modern age. Since a lot of Japanese culture revolves around the home, this post will be a base for many others in the

Redesign going into 2014

More Things Japanese has a new look! Over the past 5 years I’ve taken tens of thousands of photos, but I haven’t always done the best job of doing them justice on this blog. Hopefully going forward you’ll be able to find new and interesting posts more easily and in a more visual way. In addition to blog posts you can now skip straight to galleries of my best photos from the menu above. I hope you enjoy the new

2014 New Years Cards

It’s that time of year again. It’s time for Nengajo, New Year’s hagaki greeting cards in Japan. Since it can be impractical to actually call everyone you know on New Years Day, post cards have become a popular way to keep in touch during the holidays. As you might imagine there are a lot of ways to go about preparing your New Year’s Cards. Stock The easiest way to do Nengajo is to simply go to your local post office