The white heron (shirasagi) dance is one thousand years old. The white faces of the dancers signify innocence, purity and gentleness. The white heron (shirasagi) dancer at Senso-ji temple, Tokyo, Japan
The colourful flower hairpins that decorate the hair of maiko (apprentice geisha) are known as hana kanzashi. These flower ornaments change monthly to express the season. Mamehana wears a kanzashi of wisteria flowers for
Japan: Oden - Oden is a Japanese winter dish that typically consists of boiled eggs, radish, konjac, fish cakes and broth. Different households and regions make their own variations by adding fish, beef vegetables or tofu to the hearty hot-pot meal.