Work in Japan

Japan is one of the most diverse countries in the world. And although the temples, castles and stunning scenery are amazing to see, it is the constantly bustling Tokyo that is attracting more and more people who are interested in working abroad. If you want to work in Japan and experience Tokyo’s pop culture first …

Kinkakuji Temple – The Golden Pavilion

Kinkakuji Temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, was built in 1397 as the residence of retired shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu and was converted into a Zen Buddhist temple after his death. Kinkakuji, covered with gold embossed ornaments and surrounded by a beautiful Japanese garden, is a wonderful masterpiece from the Muromachi era (14-16 century). Visiting …

Japanese fish Koi 鯉 and why call them fish of honor

You’ve probably seen them in hundreds of places – from aquariums, through tattoos to various amulets. The colorful Japanese carp, which are some of the most current pets: They are highly revered in the land of the rising sun and are a symbol of inspiration for success and progress. Colored carp are also associated with …

Castles of Japan

We often think of Europe as the land of castles, fortresses and medieval battles. Yet the castles of samurai and regional rulers in Japan have their own dramatic stories. Let’s take a look at some of the most beautiful and interesting fortresses in the land of the rising sun. Matsumoto Castle Matsumoto is one of …

The fabulous Saihō-ji 西芳寺 (苔寺) Garden in Kyoto, Japan

  Saihō-ji (Koke-dera) 西芳寺 (苔寺) Rinzai Zen is a Buddhist temple located in Matsuo (Kyoto, Japan). In this ancient capital of Japan you can see many attractive moss gardens. This is due to the fact that the mountains surrounding the city provide Kyoto with constant humidity, and prolonged summer seasonal rains create favorable conditions for …

The Hidden Blade

The Hidden Blade (隠し剣 鬼の爪, Kakushi ken: Oni no tsume, literally “Hidden Blade: Oni’s Claw”) is a 2004 film set in 1860s Japan, directed by Yoji Yamada. The plot revolves around several samurai during a time of change in the ruling and class structures of Japan. The film was written by Yamada with Yoshitaka Asama …

The Twilight Samurai

The most successful Japanese film of the beginning of the new century. Winner of the most prestigious awards in Japan, triumphant at many international festivals, nominated for an Oscar for non-English film. Many films in the samurai genre showing the samurai arts Iaijutsu and Kenjutsu deal with the drama of their code of ethics and …

After the Rain & Iaijutsu

After the Rain (雨 あ が る, Ame agaru) is a Japanese and French film from 1999. The story is based on the latest screenplay written by Akira Kurosawa and directed by his former assistant director at the age of 28, Takashi Koizumi. It was awarded the Japan Academy Award in 1999. It was selected …

Seven Samurai

To begin with, Kurosawa was the first Japanese director to win international acclaim when his film Rashomon was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1951. And The Seven Samurai undoubtedly owes some of its popularity in the West to the fact that in the pre-video era was one of the first …

Oda Nobunaga

Oda Nobunaga (Japanese 織田 信 япо) (1534 – 1582) was a Japanese general and statesman, one of the unifiers of feudal Japan, one of the main daimyo in the Sengoku period in Japan. He was known as an excellent fighter and because of his power in battle received the nickname King of Demons. The coat …