Japanese Kites As Decorative Art

Made of bamboo frames and washi (handmade rice paper) and painted with bright colored dyes and sumi (black ink), Japanese kites (tako) appear throughout Japan. The word tako is written with two characters—one meaning wind and one meaning cloth. The popularity of kite flying in Japan can be inferred from a word in the Japanese […]

Hoozuki Ichi Festival Asakusa, Japan

The hoozuki (aka “Demon’s Lantern) plant is the main draw of the Hoozuki Ichi held at the Sensouji Temple in Asakusa, Japan the 9th and 10th of July. In spring small pale yellow green flowers bloom on the hoozuki plant and in summer red seed pods appear that are shaped like tiny lanterns which makes this a favorite plant to celebrate the season. In addition the orange color brings with it good luck. The seed pods are hollow with a small opening on one end which when blown into produces a noise, a favorite pastime of children.

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