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 …

Gassan Sadatoshi – Master of Swordsmanship

A phenomenal tradition of  800 years: At the skirt of Mt. Aogaki within the east of Nara bowl, there dwells “Yamanobe no Michi,” or an old street interfacing Nara and Miwa. The stone-paved street leads you from Omiwa Hallowed place in Sakurai City to the assistant hallowed place Sai Holy place, and inevitably to a white-walled building “Gassan Japanese Sword Preparing Dojo and Dedication House”. This grave put faces to the Sai Waterway, and Sasa-yuri (lilies on three-toed plants) for “Saikusa no …

Geisha culture in Okiya 置屋

Geishas have been one of the most ancient symbols of Japan and its culture since the time when the land of the rising sun was closed to outside influences. They are part of a tradition that is disappearing, but seeks to preserve the most important features of its history. Representing much more than just fun …

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 …

The fabulous flower tunnel in Japan, Ashikaga Park

The fabulous flower tunnel in Ashikaga Park, Japan is a clear example of the Japanese perception of beauty and architecture. Once inside, your breath will literally stop. The Kavachi Fuji flower gardens in Kitakyushu reveal the incredible view with over 150 species of flowering wisteria and over 20 species of creeping plants, some of which …

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 …