Good fortune, long life

Most of us are familiar with origami to some extent. We like the way it looks and it’s fun to try to fold the tiny pieces of paper to make beautiful decorations. But what do these folded pieces of paper signify to a Japanese person? In the first image, a dove – the worldwide symbol…

Ueno

Ueno (上野), a district in Tokyo’s Taito Ward, means “upper wild field”. Home to some of Tokyo’s finest museums (National Museum, National Museum of Western Art, National Museum of Nature & Science), and cultural sites: a major public concert hall, numerous Buddhist temples in addition to the famous Kan’ei-ji Pagoda of the Tokugawa shoguns now sheltered inside…