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Amezaiku 

As the students of the Asahi Nihongo school learned last week, the world of Japanese art is colorful and extremely diverse. Another example for the creativity of Japan is Amezaiku (飴細工) , traditional candy crafting. Amezaiku is Japanese candy craft

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Japanese art in the JSG 

This week, the Japanese study group at the Asahi Nihongo school spoke about Japanese art and the variety of it. Art can come in all kinds of forms, from paintings and fashion to music and tattoos. The world of Japanese

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Kendo

Japan’s history has still effect on the sports and arts that are practiced today. The noble art of sword fighting turned from a way of killing someone to a sport discipline which is practiced by thousands of Kendoka worldwide. Let’s

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Katana

Made in Q-shu

The image as the soul of the samurai who is wielding it, its incredible sharp edge, the long and difficult process of forging, all those points added to the reputation of the Katana as the most supreme sword ever made

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Ukiyo-e

Even though Japanese art forms are quite numerous, the one that is recognized the most probably is Ukiyo-e (浮世絵)  The ukiyo-e genre of art flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. Its artists produced woodblock prints and paintings

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Bunraku 

Puppets are frequently seen in Japanese anime and have been the source for the cyborg-craze that is part of the Japanese pop-culture. Puppets though, have been a part in Japanese art and culture since the 17th century, so let’s take

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Wabi-Sabi

The world of Japanese art offers an enormous diversity of styles, subjects, mindsets and aesthetics. One of these typical Japanese aesthetic views is the acceptance of imperfection in art and nature – Wabi-Sabi (侘寂). The concept of Wabi-Sabi is often described

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Wagasa

Due to its geographical location, Japan has a rainy season that lasts for almost a whole month. Japanese people have been adapting to this natural phenomenon since medieval times by using oil-paper umbrellas. Over the centuries, these umbrellas became a status

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Pottery and porcelain

We introduced a lot of Japanese art forms on our blog already, today’s article will be about one of the oldest ones around. A lot of Japanese dishes are served in bowls, rice whine is served in flasks. The history

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Museums in Fukuoka

Fukuoka has a rich history and a lot of cultural treasures. Next to temples, shrines and historical sights, the museums are definitely worth a visit. In this article, we show you Fukuoka’s most interesting Museums.   Fukuoka City Museum Location: 3-1-1,

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Ikebana

Ikebana (生け花) translates to “living flower” and describes the Japanese art of flower arrangement, an art form exclusive to Japan, and next to Origami one of its most famous creative crafts. Ikebana – together with calligraphy, tea ceremony training and

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