Shiki refers to the four seasons of Japan, where one can enjoy the spring cherry blossoms, autumn leaves, snow-capped mountains of winter, and hydrangeas that bloom during the rainy summer months
Manga is the Japanese take on comics that has now become a popular literary culture loved by both young and old.
Chawan is a traditional form of ceramic pottery used in tea ceremonies that embraces “wabi,” or the beauty in imperfection.
Matsuri are lively Japanese festivals that honor everything from the prosperity of the Tokugawa shogunate to the deity of scholarship.
Sumo, the national sport of Japan, is a style of wrestling that originated as a form of entertainment for Shinto deities.
Ninjas were shadowy and mysterious mercenaries who participated in espionage and assassination under samurai rule.
Samurai were powerful military leaders who valued tradition, honor, and “bushido” (the way of the warrior).
Kabuki is a popular form of theatre in Japan, where men portray characters in stories about fantastical adventures and tragic dramas.
Sado is a choreographed tea making ceremony where practitioners must prepare the tea with a clear mind and heart.
Shogi refers to a popular past time, similar to chess, where players plan tactics and strategies to capture the general.
Kimono is a traditional form of dress, often worn during special occasions, which has become one of the most recognizable symbols of Japan.