fireworks festivals(Japanese version only):

summer festivals: (Japanese version only)

Friday, September 25, 2020

The 67th Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition Art Crafts

 The 67th Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition(日本伝統工芸展) is taking place at Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo from September 16 to 28. 

Admission can be restricted.

The exhibition requires the applicants to create sophisticated design based on high degree of professional skill in Japanese traditional techniques.

See the Japan Kogei Association site for further information: (Japanese version only)

Japan Traditional Kogei Exhibition: (Japanese version only)

The Exhibition will travel through the following venues:

Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi Main Store, Tokyo

September 16-28, 2020

Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi Main Store:

Mitsukoshi Nagoya Sakae Store, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture

September 30-October 5, 2020

Mitsukoshi Nagoya Sakae Store:

Kyoto Sangyo Kaikan Hall, Kyoto Keizai Center, Kyoto Prefecture

October 14-16, 2020

Kyoto Sangyo Kaikan Hall:

Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecure

October 23-November 3, 2020

Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art:

the Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture

November 13-29, 2020

The Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art:

Shimane Art Museum, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture 

December 2-25, 2020

Shimane Art Museum:

the Kagawa Museum, Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture

January 2-17, 2021

The Kagawa Museum:

Mitsukoshi Sendai Store, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecure

January 21-26, 2021

Mitsukoshi Sendai Store:


Mitsukoshi Fukuoka Store, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture

February 3-8, 2021

Mitsukoshi Fukuoka Store:

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture

February  17-March 7, 2021

Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum:

※The Exhibition at Osaka was cancelled.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Year 2020

Happy New Year!

May the New Year bring many good things to you.

2020 is the Year of the Rat according to the Chinese zodiac.
Each of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs is related to a characteristic animal.
The rat has been seen as a symbol of wisdom, wealth and prosperity because they multiply rapidly and have been thought to be a messenger of Daikokuten (god of wealth).

New Year's cards

formal(to elders and betters)

謹賀新年(Kinga Shinnen)
恭賀新年(Kyoga Shinnen)

"子" means a rat.

Ornamental cabbages are often planted with violas and garden cyclamens.

New Year Holiday Arrangement with an ornamental cabbage

Ready-made traditional New Year foods called Osechi Ryori are set in three-tiered boxes.