vol.04 Century-old Japan


Japanese Food, Art, Architecture, and Fashion Born 100 Years Ago

One hundred years ago from now, Japan was in the Taisho period (1912-1926).

With the hit anime "Demon Slayer" being set in the Taisho era, this historical period has been gathering more attention lately. It was during those times that elements of Western culture were adopted and blended with traditional Japanese culture. The result was a new, unique culture that stands at the base of contemporary Japan.

A great part of the culture born in the Taisho period lasted throughout the following decades. While being affected by the events and changes that followed, many of those things have remained and are still dearly loved today.

Food, architecture, art, fashion... In our new feature "Century-old Japan," we introduce cultural elements that have developed in Japan during the last one hundred years. Whether you love retro culture or don't feel particularly nostalgic, how about embarking on a trip back in time with us?

Glimpses of century-old Japan introduced by MATCHA editors


  • 100 Years of History and Culture! 3 Famous Tokyo Cafes


    The Japanese were first exposed to Western culture a little over one hundred years ago. What kind of places did they visit to enjoy lively conversations over unique food back then? This article introduces three such shops that have remained popular throughout generations.

Editor in Chief - Traditional Chinese
Miho Wang


  • Seiko Lodging: A Historic Treasure in Tokyo's Ogikubo Area


    Seiko Lodging is in a Tokyo residential area, just minutes away on foot from Ogikubo Station's south exit. With a history exceeding 100 years, it was designated a Registered Tangible Cultural Property. This article introduces the history and charm of this retro accommodation.

Editor - Traditional Chinese
Chen Jung


  • Yumeji Art Museum: Discover the Origins of Kawaii Culture!


    Yumeji Takehisa is the representative artist of the Taisho Period (1912-1926). Considered the forefather of kawaii ("cute") culture, his art continues to capture people’s hearts. Read on to learn about the Yumeji Art Museum, its photogenic cafe, and the collection of cute souvenirs.


Editor in Chief - English
Ramona Taranu