Traditional culture refers to cultures and arts that have been passed down for long years while retaining its original form.
Calligraphy involves writing of Chinese characters (kanji) and Japanese letters (kana) on a Japanese paper using a brush and black ink.
It's a traditional culture of expressing characters in a beautiful way.
Sadou (tea ceremony)
It is also known as "Cha no yu", where the host prepares cups of green tea (matcha) for guest in a traditional style.
The ceremony isn't only made to enjoy drinking tea, but it is also an art of beautifully decorating a tea room with works of art and utensils.
Kadou (flower arrangement)
Also known as "ikebana", the Japanese tradition of arranging flowers involves the cutting of the flowers of each of the four seasons, putting them into a vase and beautifully arranging them to create an art piece.
It is a representative of the traditional culture of Japan where good manners are valued.
Haiku and Tanka
Express what you see on nature or your feelings of happiness or sadness by writing a poem with a fixed number of characters.
It is a Japanese three-stringed music instrument that is played by plucking with a bach (pick).
It is said that the three-stringed music instrument was passed down from the Ryukyu islands to Osaka around 450 years ago, and underwent improvements.
It is a Japanese traditional string instrument with the strings that stretch throughout the body made of paulownia wood, played by plucking with kotodsume (finger picks).
Noh and Kyogen
It is a traditional culture of Japan that is played on stage with a musical accompaniment of flutes and drums.
Actors playing as protagonists wear a Noh mask and perform "out-of-this-world" acts.
Meanwhile, Kyogen is a performing art that contains more comedic elements compared to Noh.
Rakugo is a comedic storytelling where a lone performer plays different roles by himself on the stage while telling a story only with body and hand gestures. The storyteller then delivers an "ochi (punchline)" in the end.
Kabuki is a modern drama performed in flashy costumes during the Edo period. It evolved as a popular theatrical performance for general public, young and elderly men and women alike, during the Edo period.