Day 4 of Hotsui Matsuri: What is Obon- Demystifying Japanese culture

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

Day 2 of Hotsui Matsuri: Nihongo Legends- Shrine Maidens

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

Day 1 of Hotsui Matsuri: Traditional Japanese Instruments

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

Happy Hotsui Matsuri!

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!

What is Matsuri anyways?– So glad you asked!

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!

New Year’s and what that means in America vs. Japan

(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