Understanding Japan

Near and far, familiar and unknown

Too often, the Japan is considered impermeable, mysterious ... Not really. Understanding Japan is to understand the country, its people, arts and beliefs. Bliss.

Understanding Japan

Red spider lily: How to grow and care for this enchanting fall-blooming bulb

The red spider lily (Lycoris radiata) is a striking fall-blooming bulb known for its vivid red flowers that seem to appear magically on bare stalks.

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The Manyoshu: Japan's oldest and most renowned poetry anthology

The Manyoshu, meaning "Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves", is the oldest existing anthology of Japanese poetry.

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Unmasking the Mystique and Allure of Traditional Japanese Masks

Masks have been an integral part of Japanese culture for centuries, dating back to at least the 6th century.

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Senbazuru: The Japanese art of folding 1,000 origami cranes

Senbazuru, which translates to "1,000 cranes" in Japanese, is a longstanding tradition of folding one thousand origami paper cranes.

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