This is yet another confession trope but funnily enough there is a meaning to every button on a boys uniform. Let me rewind a little for those who have no idea what I’m talking about. So it’s a graduation tradition for boys to give their second button away to the one they love, consider it … More The buttons mean something! Demystifying a Japanese graduation tradition
Hey all! I, Star, thought I’d bring a little of my background into this blog post. Being from Hawaii growing up heavily mixed, and raised by my first-generation Japanese Grandparents I have some experience with what it means to be so far from the homeland yet growing up with that culture ingrained in my upbringing. … More Animerica- Japan vs America and what it means to be in the middle
Heyo~ Welcome to the 4th day of Hotsui Matsuri! What better way to start off Obon then to explain what it is, amirite? What is Obon? Obon is a celebration of life of ancestors that has passed on. Similar to the Mexican, Day of the Dead holiday. The belief is that during this time of … More Day 4 of Hotsui Matsuri: What is Obon- Demystifying Japanese culture
Welcome to day two of Hotsui Matruri! Last year, we cover shrines and legends, which means it’s only natural that we talk about Shrine Maidens this year. This beautiful culture is mesmerizing and it’s stories are captivating. These maidens are the gems of Shinto. History Shrine Maidens also known as Miko or Fujo are trained … More Day 2 of Hotsui Matsuri: Nihongo Legends- Shrine Maidens
Welcome, welcome to day number one of Hotsui Matsuri! Kicking off our blog summer festival, we’re going to be talking about something that I personally love, and that I’ve been seeing a lot of anime focusing around in the past few years: traditional Japanese instruments. Because yes. I am that person who would go watch … More Day 1 of Hotsui Matsuri: Traditional Japanese Instruments
The breeze dances through the paper lanterns that adorn the streets. The sound of chattering comes from the long row of festival stalls, and the smells of divine festival food fills the air. You shift to fix your yukata, pause to breath in the scent of fresh Taiyaki, and then look up to the sun’s … More Happy Hotsui Matsuri!
Heeeey I’m coming at you with some style! I’m here to explain all the different styles of kimono and when you wear them. I’ll do my best to give some explanation to this very ancient and beautiful style and what better way to do it then examples in anime :} (This is all not to … More Kimono Galore! And all the different styles!
It’s me, Star, kicking off our very own HOTSUI MATSURI. With the most important question to answer. What is a Matsuri? Well, Matsuri quite literally means festival. They are also like fests here with food stalls, vendors, decorations, activities related to the celebration. Everyone wears appropriate outfits and cookies depending on the season some in … More What is Matsuri anyways?– So glad you asked!
(I’m going to try really hard to not get hungry or melt into a puddle of embarrassment from talking about New Years’ traditions.) SO New Year’s in anime tend to be a pivotal moment where a character decides to make a change in their life. Sometimes it’s winning the heart of another or achieving a … More New Year’s and what that means in America vs. Japan
Soon will be the busiest part of our year with Turkey and Black Friday shopping comes, cosplay season. It will be the busiest season yet. But with careful planning we’ll be able to get everything done on time. We hope. You’d think that juggling a full time job plus cosplay plus convention staffing, plus vacation … More Life is hard for an Otaku: Convention Life