World heritages in Japan

Do you have any ideas how many world heritages are here in Japan? The answer is 18! Today, we would like to introduce some of them, super attractive points.



Yakushima(屋久島) is one of the most famous world heritage in Japan. It was registered in 1993 as a part of natural heritage. Yakushima(屋久島)sometimes called “mysterious islands” because there are a lot of unknown animals and plants that only can grow with the full of nature. We can see and feel the nature of Yakushima(屋久島)to walk into the islands. But recently, it’s coming up as a serious problem that manners of tourists. We especially must pay attentions to protecting precious nature for the future of Japan.




The famous Golden shining Building in Kyoto(京都), we call it “Kinkakuji(金閣寺)”. It was registered in 1994 as a part of cultural heritage. Not small amount of Japanese people are recognizing that this is the symbol of Kyoto(京都)’s culture and very proud of its beauty. Because of its fantastic view, Kinkakuji(金閣寺)often appears in the famous novels or paintings.


③Fujisan(富士山); Mt.Fuji

In 2003, Fujisan(富士山) was finally registered as a part of cultural heritage. No need to say, Fujisan(富士山)is super famous one, and highest mountain in Japan. It is widely regarded as a Japanese symbol for a long time. Also people can climb Fujisan(富士山), but sometimes trashes or water pollutions are in severe situation. If bad situation will continue for a long time, it is said that it might be deprived its registration in the future. We truly have to take care of it to keep Fujisan(富士山)’s clean!


So, what do you think about it? In Japan, we have a lot of attractive world heritages both in cultural one and natural one. Please enjoy visiting those places and feel their attractive points with your heart.

Traditional Sports of Japan

Which season do you choose as the best season to do sports? Most of Japanese people might choose autumn, because there are a famous phrase ‘Autumn is a nice season for sports(スポーツの秋)’ in Japanese. According to one explanation, the origin of this expression is back to Tokyo Olympic in1964, the sports day was established as holiday in this year. Today, I would like to introduce maniac like ‘traditional sports’ in Japan.

Speaking of Japanese traditional sports, you will associate such as Sumou(相撲), Kendou(剣道), Karate(空手), or Judou(柔道). However, I am going to introduce Kemari(蹴鞠), Inu-Oimono(犬追物), and Takagari(鷹狩) in this time. For starters, introduce the meaning of these words, Kemari(蹴鞠) means ‘kick the ball’,  Inu-Oimono(犬追物) means ‘chasing a dog’, and Takagari(鷹狩) means ‘falconry’.


Kemari originally from China and it come to Japan around 600’s. This sport had become popular especially in higher society. This sport was mentioned also in Tenshou-Shikimoku(天正式目), which established the rules for Bushi class. The tradition of Kemari continues at shrine also in Today.

The next sport is Inu-Oimono, the player of this sports mount on a horse and chase dogs with a safety bow. It developed through Bushi’s practice of a bow. The history started Kamakura-era and continued to the Edo-era, however, its history stopped in the late Edo period because of Shorui-Awaremi-no-rei (ordinances of animal protection). This sport is completely lost through the change of society. Only the paints tell us its culture.

The last one is Takagari, this sports is not only in Japan also all over the world. In fact, the culture of Takagari is originally from continent of Asia, and flourished the culture as a play among high society in Japan. Takagari was a symbol of authority. Today, it separates many schools from Edo-era and it continues as one of the traditional sports of Japan.

Sports reflect the culture of society. If you have an interest in Japanese culture, please check its sports.

Fantastic Japanese train, Densha(電車)!


Have you ever used trains in Japan? For foreigner people, they are always surprised with the quality of it. Today we would like to introduce that Japanese train’s fantastic points here.


①Japanese train always arrives the station on time.

This is the greatest point I guess. To be surprise, it is not always so in the foreign countries. But in Japan, train is fully regarded as a reliable way of transportation.


②Variety of programs on TV monitors in Japanese train.

You can watch news, weather forecast and CM on the digital TV monitors in the train. To tell about Yamanote Line, it started from April in 2002. Cheers to the high technology!

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③Perfect air conditioning systems in Japanese trains.

In summer, you can escape heat wave when getting into a train. Of course, same as winter. Recently, new types of trains are equipped with air conditioning systems with sensors to maintain the confortable in the trains.


④Women-only cars on Japanese train.

In Japan, all of trains have women-only cars. Especially during the very crowded time like morning rush, women-only cars are really confortable.


Did you find interesting points? Enjoy your train life in Japan!!

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Furoshiki(風呂敷)-The world class fashion item

If you are the person who is a very familiar with Japanese culture, you might know Furoshiki(風呂敷). Furoshiki(風呂敷) is one of the fashionable item in Japanese traditional things, it get popular among travelers from foreign countries. It is just a cloth around 45cm square, however, it can be used in various scenes and has a long history.


The origin of Furoshiki(風呂敷) is around Heian(平安) period, actually Furoshiki(風呂敷) was called “Koromodsutsumi(古路毛都々美)” and it mainly wrap Kimono(着物) clothes. In subsequent years, the Koromodsutsumi(古路毛都々美) became to be used more like today’s Furoshiki(風呂敷). The name of Koromodsutsumi change to Furoshiki in Muromachi(室町) era, because people got use the Koromodsutsumi in the bathroom(It called Furo(風呂)in Japanese) to avoid mixing their clothes to others. The name of Furoshiki reflect this history. However, the name have not fixed to Furoshiki even in Edo(江戸) era, it got various usage in Japanese people life. Today’s various usage of Furoshiki came from the culture in Edo era.


There are not only various Furoshiki but also many books which explain the way to use of it. Furoshiki is used to wrap clothes, books, and wines. It is reasonable and fashionable item to get familiar with Japanese culture.