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Tea House Tetsu

From the series “Ubelievable Residential Houses Residing on Trees”
In the Japanese city of Yamanashi is an interesting museum Kiyoharu Shirakaha, surrounded by a beautiful garden. One of the most unusual 'exhibits' of this museum is situated in the garden. It is a magic tea house built on a tree. The interior of the cottage has been designed according to beautiful national traditions. Having located at the panoramic window, guests of the hotel can taste the best sorts of tea and admire a wonderful panorama of the surroundings. The construction of the house is quite original and does not contain ordinary doors of the traditional kind. To get into the house, one has to climb up a special staircase and then use the hatch in the floor.

Many experienced travellers strive to visit the museum and the charming tea house in spring when the main ornament of the … Read all

Tree House for Humans

From the series “Ubelievable Residential Houses Residing on Trees”
A very interesting tree house can be seen in Japan, on the territory of the natural center of Momofuku Ando. The latter deals with the active propaganda of recreation in the open air and draws the attention of the public on the environmental protection problems. A few years ago, the original house, whose outline was reminiscent of a huge birdhouse, was built on the territory of the Nature Reserve. The construction of the house was done by specialists of the famous design bureau Nendo, their project was officially called "House for 78 birds and one person."

78 individual holes were made for birds on the facade of the house, and on the other side of the house there is one large round entrance for a person. The space inside the house is divided into two parts by a wooden partition with holes … Read all
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Traditions and festivals in Japan

Tokyo
Tokyo is a magnificent city, where the stone jungles merge with ancient temples, latest technologies - with the ageless traditions, rich history - with futuristic prospects and innovations. Traditional folk festivals and cultural events are celebrated on a grand scale here. Festivals are accompanied by colorful folk performances, where the fun atmosphere reigns. Perhaps, the most popular and anticipated event in Tokyo is the traditional Sakura Matsuri Festival. With the advent of spring, all the … Read more
Kyoto
Throughout April, visitors to Kyoto have the opportunity to watch charming dances of real geisha (geiko) and their students (maiko). The festival is colorfully called “Miyako Odori”, which translates from Japanese as “dances of the capital” (in this case Kyoto is meant as the cultural capital of the Land of the Rising Sun). Geisha dance in kabuki theaters, while large-scale performances are held at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater. Attending the festival is a great opportunity to get … Read more
Osaka
An interesting festival for every traveler is Toka Ebisu. It takes place at the very beginning of January, opening the festive calendar of Japan. The event is dedicated to Ebisu - this is the name of the Japanese god of fishermen and luck. To witness the carnival means to bring good luck for the next year, and that's why it is so important for citizens. During the festival, you can not only watch colorful fancy-dress parades, but also buy “Fukusasa” (branches of young bamboo with amulets … Read more
Sapporo
In addition to the already mentioned Ice Sculpture Festival, Sapporo is the venue for other fascinating events such as the beautiful one called Yosakoi Soran Matsuri. It is dedicated to the traditional Japanese dance “Yosakoi”. The festival takes place at the beginning of June and occupies an important place in the cultural life of the capital of Hokkaido province. During the event, you can see dance troupes on the central street of the city. Participants are brightly covered in traditional … Read more
Fukuoka
Fukuoka never ceases to attract tourists who like to rest in large modern cities. It is a thriving metropolis, one of the ten largest and most densely populated cities in the country. Surprisingly, modern and rapidly developing city has managed to preserve the cultural heritage of past centuries. Many travelers arrive to the city at the beginning of May, when the Golden Week Festival is held in Fukuoka. It is a series of several national celebrations; traditionally the most striking and … Read more
Hiroshima
It should be noted that rules of etiquette in Hiroshima are very different from those that take place in a number of European cities. It would be useful to learn about some intricacies of the local culture and accepted rules of behavior to show respect for locals and avoid awkward situations. Thus, it is inadmissible to enter the house in shoes for outdoor walking, as it is considered a sign of bad manners. It may seem strange to many foreigners, but it is also unaccepted to bring soap to the … Read more
Kobe
Residents of Kobe are characterized by a respectful attitude to their traditions, some of which date back hundreds of years. The city has become known to many travelers thanks to its Festival of Light (Kobe Luminarie), which is now one of the most interesting events in its festive calendar. For the first time, this festival was held in 1995, and the reason for its organizing was very tragic. In 1995, a strong earthquake struck Kobe, killing thousands of citizens. After the earthquake, the … Read more
Nagasaki
Nagasaki hosts many annual festivals, each of which has its own unique history. In August, during the traditional Obon Festival, local residents honor the memory of deceased relatives. For this event, townspeople built small boats with photographs of relatives who died in the current year fixed on them. A solemn procession passes through the city streets to the harbor where the symbolic boats are burned. At first glance, the festival may seem fully mournful, but there is also a festive part. … Read more

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