Japanese Culture

You can’t have anime without Japanese culture! Find out where anime fashion comes from and why Japan’s designs are so unique. Also discover more about Japanese tradition and heritage.

2007 Kōhaku Uta Gassen

For over half a century, a popular New Year’s Eve tradition in Japan has been to listen to or watch the Kōhaku Uta Gassen (Red & White Song Battle). This year will be the 58th edition of Kōhaku. The show features two teams of the most popular music performers of the past year. The Red […]

Min Tanaka, A Japanese Butoh Dancer & Choreographer

The P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center which is affiliated with New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is currently presenting an exhibition of photographs by Masato Okada of Butoh dancer/choreographer Min Tanaka. Butoh is an avant-garde dance form which originated in Japan with the first performance probably in 1959. Two of the originators of the form […]

Aki no Mikaku: A Taste of Autumn in Japan!

Aki no Mikaku: A Taste of Autumn in Japan!

Americans love fall food. Around autumn, many food items such as pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, pecans, and apples get cooked up and served as comfort food. Some are made into pies topped with whipped cream (pecan, pumpkin, apple), others are baked and served with warm butter (squash, sweet potatoes), and others covered in gooey caramel […]

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