Japan Culture Lab

I explain questions of Japanese culture easily.

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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 …