JAPANESE HOSPITALITY

Japanese Hospitality

Learning Ikebana, The Art of Japanese Flower Arrangements

Japan’s annual cherry blossom festival is iconic, but the country is also famous for something else floral: Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arrangements. The practice started in the sixth century when Buddhism was first introduced to Japan and has since become secular and seen as a form of living artwork. However, it’s more than creating a Pinterest-worthy flower arrangement. Ikebana is meant to be a spiritual process of bringing the outside in, and you can learn the process at schools and workshops throughout Japan. 

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Japanese Dining 101

When it comes to etiquette at the dinner table, Japan has its own unique traditions.The best thing you can do to prepare yourself is to come ready to learn with an open mind and humble attitude. 

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Experience Kyushu’s Rich Culture

For those seeking a vacation spent tasting unique culinary creations, exploring nature and being immersed in Japanese culture, Kyushu is the ideal destination. Rich in history, this corner of Japan is ripe for both relaxation and exploration. 

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Spotted! Finding Yayoi Kusama’s Art in Japan

Maybe you’ve seen her work installed in London’s Tate Modern, Paris’s Pompidou Center, Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory or your local museum. Or clicked on a viral Instagram post from one of her infinity rooms, mirrored walls reflecting color and light into the abyss....

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Are You Listening to the Scents of Japan?

To fully appreciate a trip to Japan, you have to take a deep breath. Or a few deep breaths. The Japan’s history is in the air, all you have to do is listen. Yes, listen. In Japan, to appreciate the complex tapestry of scents perfuming the air, incense masters...