What is a yukata? First of all, what is a yukata when it’s at home? Put simply, it’s a casual style of Japanese kimono with straight seams and wide sleeves, typically worn after bathing and during the warmer months of the year. If you buy a kimono in the UK, chances are it’ll be a yukata like the ones shown here as opposed to a formal-style kimono such as a furisode, which are more elaborate and expensive, and somewhat laborious to put on. What is a yukata used for? The word…read more
What Are Japanese Lucky Animals? Japan has a deep and varied cultural history, and one large part of this is that of Japanese lucky charms and lucky animals, which symbolise some of the foundations of Japanese superstition. Like all cultures, Japan has its own unique superstitions and traditions that have been passed down through families and popular culture throughout the ages.
Japanese culture has become very fashionable in the UK and it is likely to continue increasing in the near future. The influences have spread across many sectors including Japanese restaurants and fashion. One of the most must have items is the Kokeshi Doll. This has been a favourite for many years with young and old avid collectors of the dolls. But where did this doll that has swept the nation come from?
It is likely that everyone at one stage or another has come across a Japanese lucky cat, whether it be at your local Japanese or Chinese restaurant, or a shop in Chinatown, but what do they actually mean? You may have wondered what the cat is and why it is such a prominent image in the Asian community. Is it just a novelty toy, or are the meanings more significant? You are about to find out.