Japanese Patterns of Design

The Difference between Shinto Shrine and Buddhist Temple

Toro in the forest Both Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples have long been familiar to Japanese people as spiritual centers. They are places of faith and prayer, and are frequently visited for festivals and annual events. The two religions have been...

13 Types of Shinto Shrines: Different Deities, Beliefs and Blessings

Torii Gate of Suwa Shrine in Nishi-Waseda, Tokyo, Japan We have 13 types of Shinto shrines in Japan. Each has different belief and deities. With a deeper understanding of many types of Shinto Shrine gives you different experience and blessings...

Significance of Selecting Japanese Family Crests aka Kamon

‘Mu’ Kamon Kamon, Japanese family crests, were first painted on palanquins, clothing, and camp curtains to mark the family name. The kamon on camp curtains and other items were clearly structured and easily identifiable at a glance. In...

Origins of the Japanese Family Crest: Court Nobles and Samurai

Wisteria Tomoe Crest Japanese family crest has various theories about its origin. But since the origins of crests differ between court nobles and samurai families, let us begin with the origin of the crests of court nobles. Table of contents 1...

Japanese Honorific Suffix: “San”, “Sama”, “Kun”, and “Chan”

The Japanese honorific suffix is something you learn first and use every day when you learn Japanese. They can be confusing, it’s easy to learn the basics. They reflect the Japanese culture and knowing and using them makes you immerse in the...

400+ Simple Japanese Words

Simple Japanese words you see in this post assure you to have a smooth conversation with Japanese natives. We’ve listed them up by categories, so you can easily find the suitable words for each situation you would...

60+ Useful Japanese Phrases

Useful Japanese phrases can make you feel closer to the Japanese natives. You might already know basic words and want to know some useful phrases in the next step. Fine! You’ve come to the right place. You can...

200+ Common Japanese Words

Wanna know some common Japanese words to grasp an image of the Japanese language? We have picked 200+ common Japanese words that include nouns and conjunctions you can use right away in conversation. You don’t...

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