Category: Culture

Washi: The Art of Japanese Papermaking

Washi: The Art of Japanese Papermaking

The Japanese have a long history of papermaking techniques that have survived over the centuries. Washi, which literally means ancient Japan (和 wa) and paper (紙 shi), not only has many practical uses but is also well-known for its strength and beauty. From printing to clothing to architecture, it has a special place in Japanese culture. In fact, In 2014, Washi was declared as one of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Objects. Continue reading

Secrets of a Japanese Ninja Warrior

Secrets of a Japanese Ninja Warrior

If there was one group of warriors that produced more myth and exaggeration and shrouded in so much mystery, it would be the ninja. The word ninja(忍者, or its alternative name shinobi, appears throughout historical accounts in the context of secret intelligence gathering or stealthy assassinations carried out by martial-arts experts. Continue reading