Thank you so much for your interest in my artworks.
RIKA MUSEUM sells many cute illustrations of Japanese culture (New Year season, lucky charm, annual events, shinto shrine, ninja, kimono, sumo, etc.) through digital distribution.
I want everyone to know how wonderful Japanese culture is, and I am so glad if my works are helpful to your design process.
The 200 illustrations of Japanese culture are divided into 4 pages (the following ①〜④).
Japanese New Year season 1〜19
The New Year season is the most significant holidays for the Japanese.
Many visit Buddhist temples or Shrines to pray for their happiness of the year.
- Kadomatsu : A decoration of pine branches and bamboo, which are placed in front of the house or shops during New Year’s holidays, and it is said that this is a traditional way to invite Toshigami (Shinto deity).
- Kagami-mochi : Round rice cakes with an orange on top offered to the gods.
- Hatsumoude : The event of visiting a shrine or temple for the first time since the start of a New Year.
- Omikuji (Japanese sacred lots) : Fortune-telling paper strip at shrine or temple.
- Shimekazari : A decoration of straw rope hung over the entrance to a house during New Year’s holidays.
- Mochitsuki : pounding steamed rice to make rice cake
- Toso : New Year’s spiced sake.
- Shishimai : A traditional Japanese performance in which a imaginary creature (lion was based) costume dances to festival music.
- Mochi : rice cake.
- Zone : Japanese New Year’s soup with rice cake, the seasoning and other ingredients vary regionally.
- Osechi-ryori : New Year’s special dish: Each ingredient in osechi has meanings, such as good health, good harvest, happiness, prosperity, long life, and so on.
- Tako : A flying kite made with paper glued on a bamboo frame, and pictures of warriors or Kabuki actors are drawn on the surface.
- Karuta : traditional Japanese playing cards
- Nengajo : New Year’s greeting cards.
- Hanetsuki : A traditional Japanese play similar to badminton that uses wooden boards called “hagoita” and a shuttlecock.
- Hanafuda : traditional Japanese playing cards
Lucky charm 20〜38
In Japan, these items are believed auspicious.
- Mt. Fuji, taka, nasubi : It is said to be auspicious that one dreams Mt. Fuji, a hawk or an eggplant in the first night of the year.
- Uchide-no-kozuchi : A legendary mallet which can tap out anything wished for by shaking.
- Maneki-neko : An ornamental beckoning cat, which is believed to draw visitors and customers.
- Daruma : A symbol of perseverance and reaching the objective, as it always returns to an upright position when tipped over.
- Omamori (lucky charm) : It is available in a temple or a shrine.
- Hamaya : a decorative arrow supposed to ward off evil
- Ema : A wooden board drawn a picture of a horse, on which people write their wish. It is dedicated to a shrine or a temple.
- Tai : Many Japanese people eat sea bream at the New Year. “Sea bream” is “Tai” in Japanese. We associate it with another Japanese word, “medetai,” which means “auspicious.”
- Tsuru (crane) and Kame (tortoise) are taken as lucky animals in Japan.
- Hyotan : A gourd is considered good luck item in Japan.
- Sho-chiku-bai : In Japan, pine, bamboo and apricot tree are considered to be symbols of good luck and are called sho-chiku-bai for short.
- Kouhaku-manju : Steamed buns with sweet red bean paste filling, and celebratory Japanese sweets. It is said that the combination of red and white is auspicious in Japan.
・Kimono is traditional Japanese clothes made out of a roll of cloth. Today, Japanese people wear kimonos during the New Year and at important life events.
Formal Kimono for men imprinted with one’s crests on top.
・Tomesode is the prime ceremonial clothing for merried women with family crests at the top and a beautiful design at the bottom worn ceremonially at happy occasions.. They are regarded as kimonos of the highest rank and are worn at formal occasions.
About the price, payment method and the specifications of 200 Japanese culture illustrations
- Price：1,900 JPY (set of 200)
- Please note that the illustrations are NOT returnable or refundable after purchase.
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- Total file size : 720MB
- Background : transparent
- Color profile : sRGB
- Resolution : 300ppi
- Basic canvas size : 15cm x 15cm (a little different by illustrations)
- All of the illustrations are added rough paper texture.
- The download files have no watermark.
- Please decompress the downloaded file before using it.
Daily life illustrations 300 (nature, weather, sea, flower, tree, house, furniture, travel, art, shopping, etc.)
Brunch and sweets illustrations 210 (bread, sandwiches, bagel, quiche, bacon, eggs, cheese, cake, tart, doughnuts, ice cream, etc.)
Fairy tale illustrations 210 (Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping beauty, The Frog Prince, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and The Beanstalk, etc.)
Amusement park illustrations 200 (ride attractions, circus, movie, magic, tickets, delicious-looking fast food, sweets, etc.)
German culture illustrations 200 (beer, sausage, local dishes, wine, Oktoberfest, sweets, Neuschwanstein castle, famous historical buildings, great people related to Germany, etc.)
Japanese food illustrations 200 (sushi, tempura, sukiyaki, soba, udon, ramen, matcha sweets, etc.)
Crime suspense illustrations 200 (crime scene, criminal, police, detective, law court, prison, etc.)
Halloween illustrations 200 (the Moon, jack-o’-lantern, ghost, haunted mansion, old tree, skull, crow, the Grim Reaper, Halloween sweets, etc.)
Christmas illustrations 200 (Santa Claus, reindeer, Christmas tree, sled, Christmas gifts, snowman, roast turkey, Christmas cake, etc.)
My travel memoir of Southern Germany with many beautiful photos.
You can read it on this website.
Traveling in Southern Germany (written in Japanese)