Cultural Events

March 3 … “Hina Matsuri”

In Japan, families with girls celebrate Hina Matsuri or Doll’s Festival on March 3rd each year.  They decorate their homes by displaying dolls of an emperor and an empress beautifully dressed in traditional kimono in Heian period. More traditional set of the display includes not only the royal couple, but also three court ladies and …

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G7 Japan held on May 26 and 27 in Ise-Shima

Japan is hosting G7 Summit in Ise-Shima region on May 26 and 27. What does Ise-Shima region look like? Here is a video of Ise-Shima made by the Japanese government. I wonder, does this video tell you about Ise-Shima well?

Encounter the Art of Zen from Mind to Form, in Kyoto

This year marks the 1150th anniversary since the Rinzai (臨済) school of Zen was established. To celebrate this significant milestone, the Kyoto National Museum is currently holding a special exhibition called “The Art of Zen from Mind to Form.” What is Zen? How has Zen impacted Japan’s culture? How is Zen applicable to our everyday life? Now …

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