Category: Japan

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The History of Samurai Warriors: A Journey through History and Culture

The samurai, renowned warriors of ancient Japan, have captured the imagination of generations with their loyalty, exquisite skills, and profound philosophical principles. The history of samurai warriors encompasses not only the evolution of their military prowess but also their cultural impact and deep-rooted philosophies that continue to resonate even in modern times.

August 21, 2023August 21, 2023
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The Immortal Beauty of the Japanese Woodblock Prints

Japanese woodblock prints are a true masterpiece that has inspired artists and designers for centuries. This beautiful and unique art form is characterised by bold colours, intricate patterns, and delicate lines that work together to create an instantly recognizable visual language.

August 15, 2023August 16, 2023
Japanese calligraphy, Kyoto

The Mesmerising Art of Japanese Calligraphy

Japanese calligraphy is an essential part of the country’s culture. Children in Japan learn calligraphy in school, and apply it on numerous occasions in everyday life. Unlike its Chinese counterpart, Japanese calligraphy places the biggest emphasis on the order of strokes that compose the characters and the approach to writing overall.

August 23, 2021June 13, 2022
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Bushido Code: The Principles of the Samurai

Bushidō or the “Way of the Warrior” is the code of chivalrous behaviour followed by Japanese Samurai. Over time bushido became the basis of Japanese ethics that was thought to the entire society. Bushido code had an influence on many areas of life in Japan, from art and philosophy to Japanese tea ceremonies and craftsmanship. 

June 21, 2021June 13, 2022
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The Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

The tea ceremony has a special place in Japanese culture. Preparing and drinking tea is a meditative process that brings tranquillity, and balance to participators, by allowing them to forget about the daily problems and immerse themselves into the way of the tea.

April 7, 2021June 13, 2022
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Japanese Philosophy of Living

Today, we will discuss two Japanese life principles of Wabi-Sabi and Ikigai, whose goal is to teach us how to make the most of what we have and leave life to the fullest. Ikiɡai is there to help us find our true calling in life, while wabi-sabi can help us embrace the decay that comes with ageing, make peace with the things we cannot change, and enjoy our imperfect lives.

December 7, 2020June 13, 2022