Discovering Japan

niponica is a web magazine that introduces modern Japan to people all over the world.

2020 no. 29

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Special Feature
The Ties Binding the Heart of Japan

The numerous “ties” that have been passed down to transcend the ages emulate the distinct aesthetics of the Japanese.
Heartfelt prayers, practical wisdom, and other diverse cultural elements are woven into each of these knots.
Through this Special Feature, we will unravel the unique spiritual culture found nowhere else in the world.

Mizuhiki decorations tied in the shape of cranes, which are venerated as symbols of longevity, and the plum blossom that adorns early spring.