Take off your shoes, and step into an authentic silk merchant's home from Kyoto, Japan. Experience Japanese family life, customs, ceremonies, art, architecture and seasonal events in this 100-year-old house. On busy days, we offer guided tours of the Japanese House and may not have a hands-on activity in the Japanese House in order to accommodate the crowds.
Japanese House has limited hours. Please check the specific hours on the day of your visit.
年賀状 Decorate a Nenga-jyo Japanese New Year’s Greeting Card!
A nenga-jyo is a New Year’s greeting postcard. Japanese people send these to their relatives, friends, and colleagues as the first greeting of the New Year. People usually prepare and drop off their nenga-jyo cards in the mailbox before December 25th. All the nenga-jyo cards are stored in the post office until New Year’s Day and on the morning of January 1st, they are delivered to everyone all at once. Nenga-jyo have a variety of messages, such as wishes for a happy New Year, New Year’s resolutions, and more. Often they include an illustration of the zodiac animal of the coming year.
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Learn about the custom of nenga-jyo – Japanese New Year greeting cards – and create your own. Are you ready to celebrate the New Year