Discover Japan: 12 Must-See Cultural Highlights & Entertainment and Omotenashi Events


Overseas Japan guidebooks introducing Japan.

The images used on the cover often include a Japanese woman in a kimono, a Japanese garden, an ancient city, a Noh stage, and the crowded streets of Shinjuku and Shibuya.

As can be seen from the above, foreign tourists are often attracted to traditional Japanese culture as the primary reason for choosing Japan as a travel destination.

When visiting Japan, actually experiencing Japanese culture is one of the best parts of traveling.

The current popularity of Japanese culture cannot be overlooked, though,

After all, more and more foreigners want to actually experience traditional Japanese culture in Japan.


What is Japanese Culture?

Customs, beliefs, learning, food, and the arts have been handed down in Japan since ancient times.

A sense of respect for nature, with respect for propriety and harmony.

Japan is an island nation with the unique characteristics of being able to absorb the culture of other countries, transform it flexibly, and build its own unique culture.

And the Heian and Edo periods, when exchange with foreign countries was drastically reduced.

During that time, Japan’s unique culture matured.

Hiragana and katakana, which are unique to the Japanese language, were established in the Heian period.

During the period of national isolation, reading, writing, and abacus became popular due to the spread of terakoya and clan schools.

Even before modernization, the country had a large number of citizens who could use letters regardless of gender or status.

Against this backdrop, the common people loved plays, ukiyoe soshi and kabuki, and popular culture flourished and developed in Japan.

And in every age, a variety of Japanese culture has emerged from the ruling class.

Japanese culture with the “道” (way), such as flower arrangement, tea ceremony, calligraphy, martial arts, etc.

These are not only to enhance their skills, but also to teach them the etiquette and philosophy that are important to them.

The samurai, who always lived side by side with life and death, valued and valued the view of life and death and nature.

Here, too, lies the charm of Japan as seen from a foreign perspective.

Why do foreigners like Japanese culture?

So what points do foreigners find attractive?

Cleanliness and beauty

Beauty and cleanliness are two of Japan’s most attractive features.

Japan is one of the cleanest countries in the world.

The people have a thorough aversion to dirt, partly due to Shinto influence.

The entire Japanese people are aware of every detail.

The natural beauty of Japan, with its exotic charm and abundance of spring, summer, fall, and winter, is a beauty that overflows from all over the country, along with a meticulous sense of cleanliness.

Such cleanliness and beauty is one of the major attractions of Japan.

Japan’s unique aesthetics can be seen in the colors, shapes, and every corner of the space, in harmony with Japanese nature.

Depth of Culture Tradition

Behind traditional Japanese culture is a unique Japanese sense of religion and thought.

Especially, martial arts, tea ceremony, archery, etc., each of which is a Japanese masterpiece with “Dou” in its name.

It is said that the “Way” is the path that a person repeatedly follows to attain the highest level of goodness.

Not only to simply improve their respective skills, but also to grow as a person, to hone their mind, and to learn etiquette.

The more you know about Japanese culture, the more fascinating it becomes.

Manga and Anime

Then, from around the 1980s, with the overseas expansion of TV, manga, and video games, foreigners also began to enjoy Japanese works from childhood.

However, Japanese manga and animation were originally created for Japanese society.

Therefore, there is inevitably a lot of Japanese history, from everyday Japanese life to samurai and ninja, and folk beliefs such as yokai.

Besides, the fun never ends.

With the airing of anime and translation of manga overseas, people around the world continue to hold on to the image of Japan from childhood.

In this way, Japan, more than any other country, is constantly being imagined by people around the world through media content.

Explaining Japanese Culture in English

English vocabulary you should know about Japanese culture

Japanese culture

Martial arts

Japanese tea ceremony

Traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement


isolation policy

Buddhism Buddhism


Kabuki classical Japanese dance-drama

Example sentences that could be used to introduce Japanese culture

– During the Edo era, Japan applied a strict isolationist policy, closing its frontier to all relationships with the outside world. This produced a distinct Japanese culture.

During the Edo period, Japan implemented a strong isolationist policy, rigidly closing its doors to foreign exchanges.

This further fostered a unique Japanese culture.

– There are two main religions in Japan: Shinto and Buddhism. Shinto is a Japanese native religion, while Buddhism was imported during the 6th century from China.

Japan has two main religions, Shinto and Buddhism.

Shinto is a Japanese religion, while Buddhism was introduced from China in the 6th century.

– Sports play a significant role in Japanese culture. Sumo, judo and karate are traditional Japanese sports.

Sports play an important role in Japanese culture.

Sumo, judo, and karate are traditional Japanese sports.

– The traditional theater arts of Kabuki, Noh, and Bunraku puppetry are still performed in Japan today.

Traditional stage performances of Kabuki, Noh, and Bunraku are still performed in Japan today.

– Bushido is the guiding philosophy of the samurai frugality, loyalty, martial arts mastery and honor unto death.

Bushido is a philosophical instruction manual on samurai loyalty, mastery of the martial arts, and life and death.

– Ikebana and Kado are the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement.

Ikebana and flower arrangement are traditional Japanese arts created through the arrangement of flowers.

– The green tea used for Japanese tea ceremony is called “matcha”, a beautiful green powder. Japanese sweets are served along with green tea.

Green tea used in the tea ceremony is called “matcha” and has a beautiful green color.

It is served with Japanese sweets.

12 Japanese cultural hospitality experiences, events and entertainment

Here are some actual Japanese cultural hospitality experiences and recommended entertainment that you can experience!

If you are interested in Japanese-style events and popular performances for wealthy VIPs, please refer to this article.

Reference article: [For the wealthy VIPs! Uniquely Japanese Events and Popular Performances

Flower arrangement, tea ceremony, and calligraphy that can be experienced in kimono

Wearing a kimono and standing tall, experience Japanese culture.

The kata that the tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and calligraphy value.

The silence of the mind that emerges as you move your hands.

Tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and calligraphy are among the most popular Japanese cultural activities among foreigners, but they are also among the Japanese cultural experiences that cannot be experienced easily.

Motenas Japan’s Ikebana experience will provide you with flower arrangement instruction by a flower arrangement instructor in a tranquil setting.

An emotional garden of a former imperial dining hall.

The flower arrangement experience in its historic VIP room is very popular with VVIP customers.

Japanese flowers can be seen only once in a lifetime, and only during that season.

Of course, guests will be able to try on beautiful kimonos.

Direct instruction by a flower arrangement artist is provided by an interpreter, so there is no language barrier.

This allows you to experience authentic flower arrangement to the fullest.

The fleeting moments of tranquility that pass while touching Japanese flowers and plants can only be experienced through flower arrangement.

Participants will learn from the instructor how to arrange flowers beautifully and elegantly, and experience the unique Japanese wabi and sabi style.

And a tea ceremony experience.

Sen no Rikyu, the founder of the Omotesenke school of tea ceremony, established this tradition, and the teachings have been handed down to the present day.

At Motenas Japan’s Tea Ceremony Experience, we will explain the history of the tea ceremony and its spirit in a way that is easy for foreigners to understand.

After the tea ceremony, a well-known tea ceremony master will serve tea to the guests.

In addition, visitors can enjoy calligraphy as a performance in the “Calligraphy Experience.

Contemporary calligraphy performance by a calligrapher.

The performance in collaboration with Japanese musical instruments will feature beautiful characters dynamically appearing at the venue from the calligrapher’s fingertips.

Souvenirs with the customer’s name written on the fan on the spot are very popular.

Ninja x Entertainment, Ninja Experience

A ninja who freely flies in the air acrobatically.

The Motenas Japan ninja experience was designed to be authentic and of the highest quality in all aspects.

The program will be led by a descendant of a ninja, and participants will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the art of ninjutsu and ninja techniques while dressed in black.

The elation and fulfillment that comes from becoming the ninja you have always wanted to be.

And the spirit of ninjutsu also contains a deep sense of Japanese philosophy.

We can also arrange private lessons for VVIP clients in a private room overlooking a high-quality Japanese garden, allowing them to enjoy themselves to their heart’s content.

And experience Japanese culture with Ninja x Entertainment.

Ninja are very popular among foreigners.

It is one of the most popular aspects of Japanese culture, regardless of age.

Light and shadow with authentic staging.

Ninja acrobatic battles unfold amidst powerful sounds.

Even in the midst of dynamic performances, a Japanese atmosphere wafts from Shinobu.

This authentic, hand-holding ninja entertainment is not for the faint of heart.

Such entertainment by ninjas is recommended for synesthetic tours, large groups of guests and glamorous gala parties.

Samurai Performance Killing Dance

Samurai performance dance is an expression of bushido based on the true-to-life sword dance and Noh drama.

The audience can enjoy such performances as “Atsumori Nobunaga” and “Benkei: Dannoura.”

Since Noh plays require previous knowledge, we have prepared explanations that are easy for foreign visitors to understand.

Samurai entertainment is very popular because it allows visitors to see up close and personal the Samurai they have always longed to see through sword fighting and sword dances.

In the Samurai Experience, visitors can actually become a samurai and experience sword fighting, sword dance, and iai.

Of course, guests are asked to dress up as real samurai,

You can actually see beautiful Japanese swords.

The samurai cut each other, the chain of attacks and catches, which cannot be ignored in period dramas.

That sense of fulfillment is a Japanese cultural experience that can only come from staying in Japan.

Kabuki Workshop

Kabuki is a traditional performing art that has been handed down since the Edo period.

The unique makeup and glamorous costumes of Kabuki actors are full of the exotic.

Kabuki is an icon of Japan and is popular among foreign customers.

However, it is quite difficult to go to a Kabuki theater in Japan and enjoy a Kabuki performance without understanding the language.

So this time spent with real Kabuki actors in a private space can be considered a special Japanese cultural experience.

Before the performance, there is an explanation of the history of Kabuki and the performance for foreigners.

Workshops with Kabuki actors are attractive, and students can learn about Kabuki makeup and dressing.

After the performance, you can enjoy the dinner and take photos with the Kabuki actors as much as you like.

Karate, Judo, Sumo

Martial arts have been handed down since ancient times in Japan.

Budo is a martial art, but it is alive with deep Japanese philosophy through the teachings of successive generations.

Among them, karate and sumo are very popular martial arts among foreigners.

Both are attractive as martial arts, of course, but they also teach Japanese civility, as they emphasize the importance of courtesy and deep respect for one’s opponent.

Karate and Sumo experiences for small groups.

You can experience karate under the direct guidance of real karate masters and sumo wrestlers.

One of the main points of Budo is that you can enjoy the Japanese experience and team building at the same time.

Also, for large venues and large crowds, karate dancers perform and wrestlers compete in serious matches.

In the karate performance, sophisticated karate kumite unfolded one after another in front of the audience.

The ultimate sophistication of the movement is fascinating to watch.

Serious competition by former rikishi.

Big-bodied rikishi and rikishi wrestle right in front of you.

Sumo matches are all about the split second, so a tense atmosphere envelops the audience.


The aristocratic culture blossomed during the Heian period.

Samurai culture during the Warring States period, when samurai warriors were active.

The culture of the townspeople blossomed during the Edo period.

In modern times, Japonism crossed the sea after the opening of Japan.

Japanese people’s success overseas during the high-growth period.

Japanese pop culture.

From the Jomon period to the present day in 2025, Japanese culture has developed by repeating the characteristics and influences of each era.

Of course, it is impossible to explain the profound depth of Japanese culture in a few words.

However, it is very important for us, as Japanese people, to know about the Japanese culture that we want to savor as travelers.

It means that there is always someone somewhere in the world who loves Japan.

As Japanese people, we are very happy and proud of this.

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