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July 22, 2011

The Role of Festivals in Rural Japanese Communities

The Japanese festivals with which most people are familiar today are large-scale entertainments carried out with the tourist trade in ...

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December 13, 2010

Haiku: The Heart of Japan in 17 Syllables

A haiku is the world’s shortest poem consisting of just 17 syllables. Despite its succinct form, it contains the essence ...

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December 07, 2010

Tradition in the Present: Amazonian Oral History at Schools

Many Amazonian Indians dream about better possibilities for participating in school education. They want to fortify their own languages and ...

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November 17, 2010

Resurrecting the Spirit of Matsuri

Traditional festivals, or matsuri, have played a crucial role over the ages—building and preserving community ties, transmitting culture, and providing ...

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October 01, 2010

Salmon Sacchep

The Ainu, an indigenous people who inhabited the northern part of Japan and part of Russia, produced sacchep, made by ...

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September 17, 2010

Yuzuriha’s Crusade to Keep Handicrafts Alive

Many of the handicrafts of northern Japan were born in response to the region’s harsh climate and reflect a lifestyle ...

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January 08, 2010

Yakihata Turnips

Swidden agriculture, known in Japanese as yakihata ("burned field") farming, has been conducted in Japan for several centuries. In contrast ...

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November 24, 2009

Pan-Fired Tea (2) 

Japanese tea owes its green color to the lack of fermentation. While steamed teas are far more common, there ...

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November 04, 2009

Pan-Fired Tea (1)

Japanese tea owes its green color to the lack of fermentation. While steamed teas are far more common, there is ...

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November 03, 2009

Japanese Radish

Daikon, or Japanese radish, is one of the most representative vegetables of Japan. Originally from the Mediterranean and Black Sea ...

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