Empress Suiko: The First Empress Regnant of Japan


Empress Suiko (554–628 ) was the 33rd monarch of Japan and the first of eight women to take on the role of empress regnant (a female monarch who reigns in her own right). The seven women who reigned as empress regnant after Empress Suiko were Saimei, Jitō, Gemmei, Genshō, Shōtoku, Meishō, and Go-Sakuramachi. Empress Suiko’s reign lasted from 593 until her death in […]

More Traditional Japanese Toys and Games


Japan, like other countries, has many traditional toys and games that have kept generations of children amused since olden times. Some traditional Japanese toys still remain popular among the young and old today, and lots of these are much in demand during the New Year holidays. Some traditional Japanese toys include: Kendama (けん玉) – this toy has […]

Japanese Anime Favorites


Japanese anime has grown in popularity over the years. It is known for fantastic themes, colorful characters, and stellar graphics. It is considered a diverse art form that uses distinct methods and techniques in the production process that continue to evolve with new technologies. The anime industry in Japan is composed of more than 400 production studios […]

Amazing Sushi that Looks Like Koi Fish


Japanese koi fish, specifically nishikigoi (錦鯉), literally means “brocaded carp” and makes a beautiful and popular pet. For fish hobbyists, they have become one of the most expensive fish to own. Japanese koi are mainly kept for their beauty, to enhance the decorative aspects of most gardens and homes. For the Japanese, these fish symbolize love and friendship […]

The Kojiki and Nihon Shoki of Japan


Historical records tell us a lot about how our ancestors lived and help future generations understand how things came to be. The Kojiki and Nihon Shoki of Japan are the two oldest written documents that chronicle the history of the country. There’s no better way to make a better future than to learn from the past. The Kojiki […]

Indulge in Spicy Canned Tuna Salad Sushi Roll


Who doesn’t love sushi? The original type of sushi  known today as nare-zushi can be traced to Southeast Asia. The origin of sushi can be traced to an area along the Mekong River that runs from the Tibetan Plateau to China’s Yunnan province, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The term sushi comes from a no longer used antiquated […]

KCP Summer Short-term 2015 Students Visit NHN PlayArt


Over the summer, KCP’s Summer Short 2015 students toured NHN PlayArt Corporation, one of Japan’s leading providers of online gaming and comics services.  The company was only recently founded in 2013 and is based in Tokyo, Japan. NHN PlayArt Corp. operates as a subsidiary of NHN Entertainment Corporation. The PlayArt building facade. | KCP Flickr NHN Corporation was […]

The Legendary Empress Jingū


The Nihon Shoki recounts the story of a brave Japanese woman warrior who led an army in an invasion of Korea and returned victorious to Japan after three years. This woman is known throughout history as Empress Jingū. Banknote with Empress Jingū‘s image. | PHGCOM Empress Jingū (神功皇后 Jingū-kōgō), also known as Empress Regent Jingū (神功天皇 Jingū-tennō), was one of Japan’s onna-bugeisha—Japanese women warriors from […]

Emperor Sujin and Andonyama Kofun


Emperor Sujin was the founder of the Yamato Dynasty in the central part of Kinki region, including present day Nara. His tomb, the Sujin-tenno-ryo Andonyama kofun in Tenri, Nara, is one of Japan’s most visited ancient tombs. Emperor Sujin  (148 BC-29 BC), also known as Hatsukunishirasu Sumeramikoto and Mimakiiribikoinie no Sumeramikoto, was the tenth emperor […]

Kaiseki: A Set Menu to Tickle Your Tastebuds


The Japanese take careful measures in almost everything they make — in clothes, cars, fine timepieces, electronics, and of course, in food. Kaiseki (懐石) or kaiseki-ryōri, is a traditional Japanese multi-course dinner. The term can also refer to the many skills and techniques involved in the preparation of the meal. There are essentially two types of kaiseki: […]