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What is Shichi Fukujin, the 7 Lucky Gods?

Shichi Fukujin (七福神), known in English as Seven Lucky Gods or Seven Gods of Happiness, are seven gods of good fortune in Japanese mythology and folklore. These seven gods were chosen from Hinduist, Buddhist, Taoist and Shintoist deities and became famous during Edo period. The origins are unsure, but it is believed to be related to the essential virtues of the man around 17th century (longevity, fortune, popularity, candor, amiability, dignity, and magnanimity). The Japanese legend is the seven gods travel in a ship called Takarabune which is filled with treasures and come from the sea bringing fortune and prosperity to beleivers during New Year’s Eve. The seven Gods are:

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Japanese Tea Ceremony 101

Depending on where you’re from, tea may not be something that takes a lot of importance in your daily life. In Japan, tea is a big part of daily life. There are dozens of different types of bottled tea and it goes well with any kind of Japanese meals. Not only does it have such a precedent in everyday life, but it also has a deep history in Japanese culture. History and Spiritual Aspects One of the most elegant and cultural aspect of tea in Japan is the tea ceremony (cha no yu) or the way of tea (sado). The ceremony and tea itself was first introduced to Japan from China. From

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Take a Dip in an Japanese Hot Spring, Onsen!

Growing up in Japan, I’ve had my fair shares of dipping in an onsen, a public bath. We would have a family outing where after dinner we’d all ride our bikes out to a neighborhood onsen and enjoy a few hours soaking. My two sisters and I would take turns scrubbing each others’ backs before dipping into the baths. We’d extend this onsen ritual home, and we would scrub each others back while sitting on little footstools outside the bathtub before soaking in. Never once did I consider this strange. After moving to the U.S. at the age of 7, that ritual died down only because the bathrooms in the

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Taste History with a Modern Comfort: The Edo-Tokyo Museum

Easily accessible from many of Tokyo’s subway lines, the Edo-Tokyo Museum is a fantastic outing for people of all ages interested in Japanese history and culture. Built in 1993, this facility is one of Tokyo’s most well known museums and has entertained and educated guests from around the world for over twenty years. Located in Sumida, a ward within Tokyo, it is surrounded by many other superb attractions that make Japan famous; the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest freestanding tower in the world, ‘Ryogoku,’ Japan’s national Sumo stadium, Japan’s famous ‘Asahi’ Beer Breweries Headquarters and even Sumida Triphony Hall, the home of the New Japan Philharmonic. Ideal for a morning visit,

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