Udon, Wheat Noodle (うどん）
as spice. In Japan, if it is not impolite to make natural noises when you slurp up
Waka is a style of verse usually containing thirty-one syllable in five lines.
It follows a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable pattern.
Waka is probably the oldest poetic style in Japan.
In Heian period ( 784-1185) the exchange of romantic waka between men and women
of noble families became popular.
However, waka was used almost exclusively by the cobles, and was never very popular
In the past there were several styles of waka.
They were all based on a similar syllable pattern, but had different length.
Over time, however, the five-line style known as tanka became dominant
and is the only style still popular today.
Indeed, the term of tanka has now become synonymous with waka.
Setsubun, Bean throwing ceremony
Setsubun is a bean throwing ceremony held around February 3rd in homes.
roasted beans are believed to have the power to cast out and expel demons.
in this way people drive out evil and invite good luck in.
Also the ceremony is held in the shrines and temples where soy beans
and rice cakes are scattered on a grand scale.
Many people gather to collect scattered soybeans and rice cakes
in order to receive good fortune.
Kabuki, is one of Japanese traditional stage arts along with Nho
It is said to have originated in Kyoto with a woman named Okuni at the beginning of the 17th century.
However, it is now performed only by male actors, so it amazing that the
very first performance was by a woman.
Male actors called onnagata specialize in playing female roles.
Kabuki started out as theater for the common people, so it does not
have strict rules like nho or traditional Japanese music and dance.
The stage was similar to nho stage at first, but has changed
The hanamichi is a platform extending from the main stage,
and is used by actors to come and go from the main stage.
The theater for Kabuki plays, musicals, the Takarazuka
Revue and variety of other shows that are performed