Tatami (Japanese Mat) D.I.Y Experience: Make a cultural souvenir like no others

Every time we go stay in the Traditional Japanese Style Hotel or Hostel, called “Ryokan”, we often see a room with flooring and interior made by Mulberry Paper (Washi Paper).

A Japanese Mat so called “Tatami”, is what makes traditional accommodation unique and appealing to people around the world.

What if you get to see how this elaborate craft is made from the start, how cool will that be? It is quite rare experience even for Japanese people!!

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Shibuya Matsuri Report!

There are festivals in Japan year round. Living in Tokyo, I often see festivals being conducted around me. It’s like there is one almost every weekend.

I used to think that a shrine festival is all about food stands and scooping up goldfish, but after coming to Japan I learnt that the main event is carrying the mikoshi between shrines.

In last weekend’s Shibuya Matsuri, there were several mikoshi paraded around to bring safety to the area. And in an interesting turn of events, I got to help out in carrying one of them around!

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