A traditional ritual based on Taoism (Daoism) and influenced by Zen Buddhism in which powdered green tea, or matcha is ceremonially prepared by a skilled practitioner and served to a small group of guests in a tranquil setting.
Traditional Japanese loincloth used by sumo-tori and other men, especially during the matsuri festival.
A curved, single-edged sword traditionally used by the samurai.
The ancient Japanese art of paper folding.
In the history of Japan, this was someone who was someone specially trained in a variety of unorthodox arts of war including assassination, espionage, and other martial arts.
A type of mattress that makes up a Japanese bed.
A form of Japanese poetry, usually combines three different lines, with a distinct grammatical break.
The Japanese art of flower arrangement.
A Japanese title used to refer to or address teachers, professionals such as lawyers and doctors, politicians, clergymen, and other authority figures.
Literally meaning 'sun-disc', it is the red disc in the flag.
A traditional Japanese hands-on therapy based on anatomical and physiological theory.
The art of aesthetic miniaturization of trees by growing them in containers.
A form of traditional Japanese theatre known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by its performers.
Literally "pictures of the floating world", it is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints and paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries.
Translated as 'Grand Champion', it is the highest rank in Sumo.
Sliced raw fish alone is called this, and not sushi.
Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji together constitute this.
Japanese writing system
The Japanese word for comic or print cartoons.
The Japanese language of flowers.
Shinkansen is the word generally used for this renowned Japanese 'mobile.'
Traditional (and gory) form of ritual suicide.
Literally 'empty orchestra' - can you read and sing?
Japanese hot springs traditionally used as public bathing places - today they play a central role in directing Japanese domestic tourism.
Traditional Japanese flooring mats made of woven straw, and traditionally packed with rice straw (though nowadays sometimes with styrofoam).
The traditional formal way of sitting in Japan.
Name given to Shinto shrines or sanctuaries.
Literally meaning "where the birds reside", these are gateways at the entrance of Shinto shrines. They are typically made of wood, stone or sometimes iron.
A room divider or door consisting of translucent washi paper over a wooden frame and now regarded in Japan as a necessity in looking Japanese.
A now-dated, disfavored Japanese term for "emperor", specifically for the "Emperor of Japan."
Meaning "Way of the Warrior", is a Japanese code of conduct and a way of life, loosely analogous to the European concept of chivalry and is closely associated with the Samurai.
Dohyo is the ring in which this is held.
The national costume, originally it referred to all types of clothing, but it has come to mean specifically the full-length traditional garment worn by women, men, and children.
Native name for Japan.
Word for members of traditional organized crime groups in Japan.
The goddess of the sun and the supreme Shinto deity. Japanese emperors are said to descend directly from her, hence their divine status until Emperor Hirohito was forced to proclaim his human-nature after Japan's defeat in WWII in 1945.
Masterless samurai are called this - also a real cool film starring De Niro.
Literally meaning 'ten thousand years', during WW II, it served as a battle cry of sorts for Japanese soldiers.
Usually translated as divine wind, it is now applied to suicide pilots of WWII.
Known as Japanese horseradish, it is often served with sushi or sashimi.
Title given to the military rulers of Japan between from the 1192 century to 1867.
The 4 main islands of Japan
Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu
Literally "way of the sword", it is the Japanese martial art of fencing usually done with bamboo swords.
The Japanese word for the spirits within objects in the Shinto faith.
Rebellion started in 1866 by a group of Samurai, which took place at the end of the Tokugawa era, and which resulted in the restoration of the Imperial power.
Name of Japan's traditional Shinto festivals taking place mostly in late spring and summer.