The Japanese Tradition Seen by Japan Culture Lab

This short series of humoristic instructional videos about Japanese customs was written and directed in 2001 by Namikibashi, a comedy duo composed of Kentaro Kobayashi and Junji Kojima, and produced by the Japanese Culture Lab. The concept is to explain in each sort film one particular aspect of the Japanese culture that can be obscure to foreigners but this is done in a humoristic, often exaggerated way.

The series was presented at several international festivals and it received prizes including the short film distinction at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival in 2007.

The full series of video tackles on topics such as:

  • Feast
  • Chopsticks
  • Origami
  • Summer
  • Bon vacation
  • Tea
  • Apology
  • Onigiri
  • Hand tightened
  • Kneeling down on the ground
  • Sushi

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Guillaume Erard
Author: Guillaume Erard
A resident of Japan for nearly a decade, Guillaume Erard trains at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo and he received the 5th Dan from Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba. He is also 3rd Dan in Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu, the secretive art that Morihei Ueshiba learned from Sokaku Takeda. Erard is the Information Director of the International Aikido Federation and the Deputy Secretary of International Affairs of the Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Shikoku Headquarters. He is also passionate about science and education and holds a PhD in Molecular Biology.
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