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Houkokubyou, the mausoleum of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who achieved his ambition

Have you ever heard about Toyotomi Hideyoshi before? He unified Japan about 400 years ago (before 'Tokugawa'). He was born in a very poor farmer fami...

Tomoe S.

Hinamatsuri " fiesta de niñas"

El día 3 de marzo es la fiesta de niñas. "hinamatsuri!" Se celebra el crecimiento de las niñas, decolando las muñecas que expresan los nobles del p...

Naomi O.

Hinamatsuri, Doll’s(Girls') Festival

We, Japanese people, especially who have daughters celebrate 'Hinamatsuri',  Doll's (Girls') Festival on March 3. Hinamatsuri has been an occasion to...

Tomoe S.

Samurai culture and Castle in Gifu

1. Our hero, Nobunaga   Gifu, center of Japan, has a lot of castles. The Gifu Casle is one of them.  The castle was built on top of the mountain. ...

Yuriko S.

Exorcización

Para los japoneses hay edades para exorcizar. Para los hombres 25,42,61 años. Para las mujeres 19,33,37,61 años. Siempre antes y después de esos ed...

Naomi O.

Setsubun (víspera de la primavera)

La víspera de la primavera, se llama Setsubun. Ésta primavera se refiere un día que empieza la primavera en el calendario japonés antíguo. El día de...

Naomi O.

Vending Machines

If you come to Japan, you may find many unique vending machines. You can get bottled cold drinks such as water, Coke, Sprite, green tea, and so on if ...

Tomoe S.

Decoración para el Año Nuevo

Para nosotros japoneses más importante el Año Nuevo que la Navidad. Naturalmente como somos budistas, y la Navidad no tiene sentido para los budistas...

Naomi O.

Ancient Portraits in Florence

A face from the past at the National Archeological Museum in Florence provides a glimpse of painting in the Classical World.   An in-depth stu...

Loredana A.

Michelangelo's Early Career

Creator of the most famous statue in the world, the David, Michelangelo represents the epitome of the Renaissance genius. He began his career in the w...

Loredana A.

Raphael in Florence

The three great Italian masters, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael practically gave us the High Renaissance. A period of remarkable artistic achieve...

Loredana A.

Judith, the "Other" David of Florence

Many are familiar with the Biblical account of David, the young shepherd boy who took down the giant Goliath simply with his sling. It is a classic st...

Loredana A.

Etruscan Women in Art

The Etruscans, the ancient inhabitants of the Italian peninsula, created a sophisticated culture long before the Romans. The Etruscans passed down t...

Loredana A.

The Florence Cathedral Dome

In 2020 Florence Commemorated 600 Years of its Landmark Dome. Construction of the record-breaking dome of Florence Cathedral, Santa Maria del F...

Loredana A.

Artemisia Gentileschi

Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi was born in Rome in 1593. She is considered one of the most important woman artists before the Modern period. Ar...

Loredana A.

Discovering the “Other” Masters at the Uffizi

Everyone who visits the Uffizi naturally wants to see all the most famous works, like the works by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo. ...

Loredana A.

Michelangelo’s Last Years in Florence

Michelangelo left Florence for good in 1534, never to come back alive. Before he departed for Rome, Michelangelo had been working ...

Loredana A.

Máquina expendedora

En Japón hay máquina expendedora de cualquier cosa. He visto la máquina de ramo de flores, en la estación cerca del barrio de bares donde las chicas ...

Naomi O.

Mercado del día de gallo

En el calendario japonés usamos 12 signos zodiacos y cada signo cae en cada día. Pues depende del año, hay  2 veces o 3 veces de los días de gallo en ...

Naomi O.

Celemonia de 7 5 3 (shichi go san)

El día  15  de Noviembre se celebra " Shichi-go-san".       Shichi=7, Go=5, San=3 en japonés. Hay un dicho que " hasta los 7 bajo las manos de ...

Naomi O.

Street Art - major around the world coming in to Tokyo

What is street art? What is the difference between street art and graffiti? According to Difference Between Net, an online dictionary, the biggest dif...

Mari.k K.

La casa tradicional japonesa

La casa  de arriba, no es una para la vida actual. Pero hace 150 años los agricultores vivían en las casas así. Como saben que en Japón dentro de ...

Naomi O.

Is Japan "Obsessed" with Cleanliness?

"Why is Japan so clean and tidy?" This is one of the most frequently asked questions I get while working as a tour guide. Many foreigners are surpris...

Mari.k K.

Ukiyo-e and Its Influence on Impressionism

Ukiyo-e is a genre of Japanese traditional printing which was established during the Edo period and became popular among ordinary people in the 17th C...

Mari.k K.

Nyoirin Kannon ('Bodhisattva of Compassion') which I fell in love

Since I began studying as a tour guide, I have had so many chances to see Buddhist statues at many temples and museums, and  recently, I saw (found!...

Tomoe S.

Cat Street-Harajuku – Vintage Fashion

Many foreigners are visiting Cat Street. Why? Cat Street in Harajuku is a birth-place of various fashion trends. After World War II, there used to be...

Mari.k K.

”Torii” La entrada para el territorio de la Divinidad

El "Torii" es la entrada para el territorio de la Divinidad. De ahí empieza el recinto del templo sintoísta. La foto de arriba tiene varios Torii...

Naomi O.

Why Religion Plays a Small Role in Japan

One of the frequent questions I get from foreign travelers is, "What is the religion in Japan?" They are curious about Japan's religious culture. G...

Mari.k K.

Guided Art Tours: An Immersive Experience

Guided art tours introduce Japanese fine art to foreign tourists more intimately. Without a guide, they are not able to enjoy their museum journey. Th...

Mari.k K.

De-cluttering - Dan-Sha-Ri Nowadays

Due to COVID 19, people in Japan are forced to stay home. This phenomenon influenced our life-style and economy. We have a lot of time at home which f...

Mari.k K.

Autumn Leaf-Watching - Momijigari

Maple trees change the color of their foliage during autumn and many countries have leaf-watching traditions to enjoy this season. In Japan, the custo...

Mari.k K.

La llegada del otoño

  Higan-bana Kin-mokusei Los japoneses sienten la llegada del otoño viendo, oliendo, saboreando, escuchando. Las flores de arriba, se llama " ...

Naomi O.