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What is the meaning and origin of shishi-mai? Why does the shishi-mai bite your head?

  Shishi-mai (獅子舞) or lion dance is performed on various occasions such as New Year celebrations, festivals, and other celebrations, but probably not many of you know what is the meaning and origin of shishi-mai. Shishi-mai lions bite heads of …

What is “kadomatsu”? When is the decorating period of the “kadomatsu”? How should it be done away with?

  Among the many new year decorations, there is the “kadomatsu”. As you prepare for the new year, there might be questions such as “when shall the kadomatsu be put out?” or “how should it been done away with?”. We …

History and Origin of “Kotatsu” When Do We Get “Kotatsu” Out?

  When it gets cold, we miss kotatsu, don’t we?  (A kotatsu is a traditional Japanese table with an electric heater attached to the underside.) Many of you may have an experience of eating mandarin oranges in kotatsu and, there …

What are the differences between kan’namesai and niinamesai? -Their Meanings and Origin-

Among the imperial court rituals performed in autumn (rituals performed by the Emperor, who is at the center of Shinto rituals, to pray for the peace, security, and prosperity of the nation and people and enshrine spirits and ancestors) are …