Big set of 200 Japanese culture illustrations ① (1–46)

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The 200 illustrations are divided into 4 pages (the following ①–④).

① Japanese New Year season

① Japanese lucky charm

① Kimono (traditional Japanese outfit)

② Japanese annual events  47–98

③ Shrine, temples, Japanese Mythology, traditional art, and hot spring  99–152

④ Ninja, samurai, and martial arts  153–200

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Japanese New Year season

The New Year’s season is the most important holidays for the Japanese.
Many visit Buddhist temples or Shrines to pray for their happiness for the year.

  • Kadomatsu is a decoration of pine branches and bamboo that is placed in front of the house or shops during the New Year’s holidays, and it is said that this is a traditional way to invite Toshigami (the Shinto deity).
  • Kagami-mochi are round rice cakes with an orange on top offered to the gods.
  • Hatsumoude is the event of visiting a shrine or temple for the first time since the start of a new year.
  • Omikuji (Japanese sacred lot) is a fortune-telling paper strip at a shrine or temple.
  • Shimekazari is a decoration of straw rope hung over the entrance to a house during the New Year’s holidays.
  • Mochitsuki is made by pounding steamed rice to make rice cakes.
  • Toso : New Year’s spiced sake
  • Shishimai is a traditional Japanese performance in which an imaginary creature (lion was based) costume dances to festival music.
  • Mochi : rice cake
  • Zōni : 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, a good harvest, happiness, prosperity, long life, and so on.
  • Tako is a flying kite made with paper glued to 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 is a traditional Japanese game similar to badminton that uses wooden boards called “hagoita” and a shuttlecock.
  • Hanafuda : traditional Japanese playing cards

Lucky charm

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-kozuch is a legendary mallet that can tap out anything wished for by shaking.
  • Maneki-neko is an ornamental beckoning cat that is believed to draw visitors and customers.
  • Daruma is a symbol of perseverance and reaching the objective, as it always returns to an upright position when tipped over.
  • Omamori (a Japanese lucky charm) is available in a temple or shrine.
  • Hamaya is a decorative arrow supposed to ward off evil.
  • Ema is a wooden board with a picture of a horse on which people write their wishes. 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 considered lucky animals in Japan.
  • Hyotan
    A gourd is considered a good luck item in Japan.
  • Sho-chiku-bai
    In Japan, pine, bamboo and apricot trees are considered 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.
  • Shichifukujin, the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, are believed to arrive on a ship full of treasures and bring people good luck.

Kimono (traditional Japanese outfit)

・Kimono are 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 married 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 on formal occasions.

② Japanese annual events 47–98

③ Shinto shrine, traditional art, and hot spring 99–152

④ Ninja, samurai, and martial arts  153–200

Images specifications

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  • Background : transparent
  • Color profile : sRGB
  • Resolution : 300ppi
  • Basic canvas size : 15cm x 15cm (vary a little by illustration)
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  • Price:1,900 JPY (set of 200)
  • Total file size : 720MB
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