Browsing: Culture & Custom
A certain number of Japanese women wear their wrist watches on the inside of the wrist. Have you ever questioned this gesture? They do it because of historical and lifestyle reasons. This article is going to explain the background of how this gesture was created, factor by factor.
You will have seen the symbol of “Aiai-gasa” in Japanese animation and manga. You already know that this mark implies the mam and woman are already or almost in a romantic relationship. Do you know that there are 7 patterns in “Aiai-gasa”?
Japanese kimono is very unique and beautiful. Many of you might want to wear kimono. Do you know the difference between kimono and yukata? Yukata is an informal kind of kimono. Since the shape of kimono and yukata is almost same, many foreigners can’t tell the difference.
As many of you know, the national flower of Japan is “桜” (さくら, Sakura), cherry blossom. But do you know that there’s another one? “菊” (きく, Kiku), chrysanthemum is also Japan’s national flower.
Cherry blossom and chrysanthemum have different meanings and roles as national flower. Cherry blossom is symbol of Japanese culture. On the other hand, chrysanthemum is symbol of the emperor of Japan and the imperial family. They’ve used the image of chrysanthemum as the imperial crest for a long time.
Although Japanese love meat－actually people are quite inclined to meat than fish－Japanese traditional food culture is invariably based on fish. As simplicity is always the main idea of Japanese culture, fish as well is to be prepared simply; grilled, poached or steamed using simple seasonings－hardly fried, thus Japanese food is considered healthy.
In 1976, an article in a magazine for gay/homosexual readers, written by female readers was called “百合” (ゆり, Yuri, Lilies), and since then it signifies lesbians.