Japanese Culture

explore Japanese blueThere are so many amazing things about Japan; the cities, the countryside, the people, the language, the food and of course the culture. The next best thing to going to Japan is watching and learning about it.

In this section, there are information pages, links and YouTube clips.



Have you ever seen this red roly-poly looking ornament? He is called DARUMA.

Click here to learn about Daruma.        Daruma information PDF.

Will you set a goal as you colour his eyes? Read on…….


Choose the clips that interest you and enjoy Japanese Culture.

Here is a commercial shared by a Japanese teacher in Queensland. Can you guess what is being advertised? Pretty amazing really…….


Who would have thought a penguin could live in a Japanese fishing village and go shopping?? Take a look, Japan really is a land of surprises!

Lala, the Pet Penguin

Japanese Macaque, the world’s most northerly monkey), are commonly called the Snow Monkeys. Many live in the snow in extremely cold conditions and keep warm by soaking in the natural hot springs.


Sakura  桜 (さくら), cherry blossoms, bloom in spring. They begin in the south of Japan as it is warmer, and gradually head north, displaying their beauty for all to see. The season is generally March and April, however you can sometimes still see some Sakura in May as you travel further north in Japan.

You probably remember the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11th, 2011. This is a moving video made by the survivors to say thank you to all of the volunteers and people who helped them.

This song was a huge favourite of my students at school (and me too). It is sung by famous people from all over Japan, telling the people of Fukushima to not give up and that better times are to come.

Japan’s favourite traditional sport is Sumo. With more than 1000 years of history and 6 major tournaments each year, it is a fascinating sport to learn about and watch. Take a look here at Sumo.


Japanese Judo is fast, powerful and great to watch. Japan always features prominently in the medals at every Olympic Games. Check out the skills of these Judo champions.

Karate is another Japanese martial art. 空手〔からて)means ’empty hand’. Kara means empty, te means hand. Some amazing Karate is shown here. Enjoy.

Take a look at this clip of Kendo. Another traditional sport requiring great skill and discipline.

Kyudo, or Japanese archery, is explained below in the YouTube clips.