In Chinese culture, the term tao hua is associated with love and romance. Tao hua luck can be good or bad, depending on the individual situation. It can be broadly categorized into tao hua yun and... More > tao hua jie or tao hua sha.< Less
Furin is the term for Japanese wind bell. It has a clapper with a string and a rectangular card. It is a standard feature of summer in Japan. The furin is a very nice and beautiful adornment for our... More > homes. With so many colours, shapes and designs to choose from, it makes a great gift too for any occasion.< Less
Have you ever come across a cat figurine with a raised paw? That is the Maneki Neko, Japanese fortune cat. It is a popular symbol of good luck, prosperity and success.
Its unique appearance and... More > beckoning gesture has certain significance.< Less
Daikokuten, also known as Daikoku, is the Japanese God of Wealth. He has a magic mallet (known as uchide no kozuchi) in his right hand and a treasure sack on his left. The mallet is believed to be... More > able to miraculously produce anything desired when struck.< Less
A pudgy ceramic statue is often seen displayed at the entrance of Japanese noodle shops and restaurants. It has a happy smiling face, with a goofy expression.
This statue is known as... More > ‘tanuki’. Originally portrayed as an evil and mischievous animal trickster in the early centuries, tanuki has since evolved into a cute Japanese icon of wealth and luck.< Less
As a group, the 7 Lucky Gods of Japan is known as Shichifukujin. Its members are from different religions, namely Brahmanism, Buddhism, Taoism and Shintoism. The group was created to symbolize the... More > essential virtues of man.< Less
Bhutan, situated at the eastern end of the Himalayans, is one of the smallest countries in the world. However, its cultural diversity and richness is profound. The Drametse Ngacham is a well-known... More > sacred cultural dance of the Bhutanese.< Less