Customs & Culture January 12, 2015 11:44 am

Bonsai Rundown: A Quick Look


Customs & Culture January 12, 2015 11:44 am

Bonsai Rundown: A Quick Look


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Bonsai Rundown Bonsai, the Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers dates back over a thousand years, and has its own aesthetics and terminology. A bonsai is created beginning with a specimen of source material. This may be a cutting, seedling, or small tree of a species suitable for bonsai development. Bonsai can...

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Bonsai Rundown Bonsai, the Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers dates back over a thousand years, and has its own aesthetics and terminology. A bonsai is created beginning with a specimen of source material. This may be a cutting, seedling, or small tree of a species suitable for bonsai development. Bonsai can...

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Customs & Culture January 12, 2015 10:48 am

What Is A Geisha? Fun Facts


Customs & Culture January 12, 2015 10:48 am

What Is A Geisha? Fun Facts


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Geisha (also “geiko” or “geigi” in traditional dialect) are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses, often at tea houses, and whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music, dance and games. Traditionally, Geisha began their training at a very young age. Some girls were bonded to geisha houses (okiya) as...

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Geisha (also “geiko” or “geigi” in traditional dialect) are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses, often at tea houses, and whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music, dance and games. Traditionally, Geisha began their training at a very young age. Some girls were bonded to geisha houses (okiya) as...

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Customs & Culture January 12, 2015 10:33 am

Origami Rundown: A Quick Look


Customs & Culture January 12, 2015 10:33 am

Origami Rundown: A Quick Look


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Origami Rundown Origami (折り紙, from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”) is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is...

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Origami Rundown Origami (折り紙, from ori meaning “folding”, and kami meaning “paper”) is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is...

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Customs & Culture January 12, 2015 10:19 am

What Is The Japanese Tea Ceremony


Customs & Culture January 12, 2015 10:19 am

What Is The Japanese Tea Ceremony


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Japanese Tea Ceremony The Tea Ceremony, called Sadou or “chadou” in Japanese, is the traditional etiquette of preparing and drinking tea. The tea ceremony was perfected by Sen no Rikyu in the Azuchi-Momoyma period (1576-1600). Traditionally, the tea ceremony is held outside or in a chashitsu (a small room set apart from other buildings). One...

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Japanese Tea Ceremony The Tea Ceremony, called Sadou or “chadou” in Japanese, is the traditional etiquette of preparing and drinking tea. The tea ceremony was perfected by Sen no Rikyu in the Azuchi-Momoyma period (1576-1600). Traditionally, the tea ceremony is held outside or in a chashitsu (a small room set apart from other buildings). One...

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Customs & Culture January 11, 2015 6:22 pm

Kimono Rundown: Basic Info


Customs & Culture January 11, 2015 6:22 pm

Kimono Rundown: Basic Info


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Kimono Rundown: A Quick Look The kimono is the Japanese traditional garment. Originally the word “kimono” referred to all types of clothing, but it has come to mean specifically the full-length traditional garments. Today, kimonos are most often worn by women, and on special occasions. A few older women and even fewer men still wear...

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Kimono Rundown: A Quick Look The kimono is the Japanese traditional garment. Originally the word “kimono” referred to all types of clothing, but it has come to mean specifically the full-length traditional garments. Today, kimonos are most often worn by women, and on special occasions. A few older women and even fewer men still wear...

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