Japanese Culture

The more we explored the internet, the more we found to be fascinated by about Japanese traditions and culture. We have shared some of our findings below and hope that you enjoy them too!

Origami for Kids

Origami for Kids
Of course one of the best-known Japanese crafts is origami, and it is a wonderful craft to explore with children. It takes concentration to get the folds right and sometimes the traditional diagrams can be confusing, so we've done our own photo tutorials to take you step by step through some child-friendly models.
Origami

Carp Kites
Families with boys hang colourful carp kites, called Koinobori, outside their houses. The kites...
Daruma Dolls
Daruma dolls, or dharma dolls, are meant to help wishes come true! These roly-poly dolls are...
Kokeshi Dolls
Kokeshi are a traditional Japanese wooden doll, with simple painted face and one-piece body. The...
Samurai
The Samurai were the most noble warriors of Japan, and the Samurai Helmet which they wore also...

Maneki Neko

Maneki Neko
Maneki Neko is a common Japanese ceramic figure which is thought to bring good luck. Learn all about him and why many shops and restaurants have one on display, and print out and make your own Maneki Neko key-ring.
Maneki Neko

Sumo Wrestling

Sumo Wrestling
Sumo Wrestling is very popular in Japan. Two people wrestle in a ring, but, because it is a very ancient sport, there is lots of ceremony and ritual as well. Learn about sumo wrestling, print out our colouring page, or print, colour and assemble our sumo wrestler figures!
Sumo Wrestling

An Inspiring Story

Sadako Sasaki
Read the inspiring true story of a little Japanese girl - a wonderful story to share with your children - and discover how she is linked to the origami crane.
Sadako Sasaki

Children's Day

Children's Day
The Japanese celebrate Children's Day on 5th May with various colourful traditions and fun. Find out all about it at our Children's Day page, and enjoy our Children's Day colouring pages, puzzles, printables and crafts.
Children's Day

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