招き猫の日 – Maneki-Neko Day

“Kuru fuku” means “a coming good fortune”, and this is what people hope for from a maneki-neko.  Since Japanese people associate the …

Practice Session

Beginners welcome!!!  $10 for the first timer, $5 for the current students, $15 for others.  We practice speaking Japanese phrases.  Contact me …

Rabbits in The Moon

When you see a Japanese drawing of the moon, do you notice rabbits are often drawn with the moon?  Do you know …

お月見 – Otsukimi 2018

Traditionally Otsukimi or the moon-viewing event is held on August 15th based on the old lunar calendar.  But it actually falls on …

万華鏡 – Kaleidoscope

The kaleidoscope was invented by Scottish scientist David Brewster in 1817.  By 1819, the kaleidoscope had already been imported to Japan and …

浴衣 – Yukata

The yukata is an ordinary summer kimono for both men and women of any age.  It’s inexpensive and you can probably find …

着物 – Kimono

The kimono is the traditional native clothing of Japan.  There are many different types of kimono. For women the most gorgeous and …

Sumida River Fireworks

The biggest firework event in Tokyo is held annually near the Sumida River (隅田川花火大会).  The total number of the fireworks for this …

花火大会 – Fireworks

In Japan, fireworks are normally held in late July to August.  In the Tokyo area, about eight different places annually hold big …

Asagaya Tanabata Festival

A neighborhood in Tokyo called Asagaya holds its annual festival (阿佐谷七夕まつり) for Tanabata (click for more details) in August about one month …