Kabuki is one of Japan's traditional stage arts along with Noh, Kyogen and Bunraku. It is said to have originated in the seventeenth century when it was first performed by the female dancer Izumo-no-Okuni and her troupe in Kyoto.



Hokkaido skiing is incredibly rewarding for powderhounds. Hokkaido, the north island of Japan, is geographically ideally located in the path of consistent weather systems that bring the cold air across the Sea of Japan from Siberia. This results in many of the resorts being absolutely dumped with powder that is renowned for being incredibly dry.



Shibuya is the hub of youth culture offers an array of kawaii Japanese items. Sights include the statue of Hachiko (a popular meeting spot) and the famous scramble crossing.



Otaku is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime and manga fandom. Its contemporary usage originated with Akio Nakamori's 1983 essay in Manga Burikko.Otaku can be used as a pejorative; its negativity stems from the stereotypical view of otaku and the media's reporting on Tsutomu Miyazaki's "The Otaku Murder" in 1989. According to studies published in 2013, the term has become less negative, and many people now self-identify as otaku.



It must be said that most Japanese are not religious, though almost without exception wedding ceremonies are conducted in accordance with the ancient traditions of Shinto, Christianity or, in rare cases, Buddhism. Shinto weddings are the most common. Previously conducted at one's family's shrine, today most marriages are performed in a shrine built in a modern hotel.




Sen no Rikyu perfected the tea ceremony in the latter half of the sixteenth century.A brush and Sumi are mainly used to write characters on paper making use of their characteristics in Shodo.

Kadou is the art of displaying flowers following certain rules. It began with the Buddist monks who used flowers to decorate alters.