November Uncategorized

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 being so comfortable, lying down there for a while and falling asleep before realizing…… Not only human beings but also cats love kotatsu—as we sing in the lyrics of “Snow”, a famous Japanese nursery rhyme: “cats curl up in kotatsu”.  We should not get kotatsu out just because it has become cold; rather, there seems to be a day when ...

October November

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 the festivals called kan’namesai and niinamesai.   Kan’namesai is also called “kan’namenomatsuri (kan’name festival)” or “kan’nienomatsuri (kan’nie festival)”. Niinamesai is also called “shinjosai” or “niinamenomatsuri (niiname festival)”. What are each of these two festivals that are extremely similar in appearance when written?  Are there any connection and differences between them? This time, we would like to take a look at ...

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