Daruma doll: Make your own good luck charm!

Throughout any journey across Japan, many visitors will likely come across the Daruma doll. Typically small and red, they are oval shaped dolls sporting a wide-eyed look of surprise. There are many variations of Daruma and one will also find that different regions have applied their own unique look and feel to the doll. Of…

2 reasons you should know about J-Rock girls bands

Rock culture is still seen in Japan and when it comes to female Rock ‘n’ Roll, Japan is the place which needs to be put on the map right now. With growing popularity for J-Pop, J-Rock and other musical genres, Japanese musical culture is thriving successfully better than in most of the countries. Here are…

Why do the Japanese pause during conversations?

cdn-jpg.thedailymeal.net/ Usually, when we speak, it is perfectly normal that we use often pauses like “umm”, “hmm”, “ahh”, “eee”, and so on during conversations. There are many reasons on why we do this. Some theories say it is a general human tendency to spur some suspense, discovery, excitement and interest during a conversation. There is…

3 Recommended Japanese-Language Proficiency Tests

01.gatag.net/ Have you heard about any Japanese language tests? If you have not heard of it and you are non-Japanese, it is worth registering for one and start preparing. 1. JLPT static1.squarespace.com/ JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) is a standard test useful for non-natives to boost their skills. It is also good when you are…

The Kyosaku- A Time Machine Going Back to the Present

fr.m.wikipedia.org/ Most of the time, we miss our appointment with the present, losing our time or mind in the past through nostalgia or regret, or otherwise in the future, in ambitions or projects. Imagination and fantasy drive reality out of our minds. It is asking to someone driving a car on a highway while wearing…

An Introduction to the Japanese Language

One of the most difficult languages to learn is Japanese. Unlike English which has only twenty-six (26) letters, Japanese has three different sets of characters. Hiragana, Katakana and the dreaded Kanji. Hiragana jp.fotolia.com/ Hiragana is the basic of all the Japanese writing systems one must master to learn the language, consists of forty-six (46) characters…

6 common structures of Japanese Shrines

commondatastorage.googleapis.com/ The shrines of Japan possess an original Japanese style and culture very structured. Shrines were the place of Shintoist rituals since the Shinto religion was the ancient religion of Japan. There are many things we could directly watch and understand to distinguish a shrine from a Buddhist temple. Here above the particularities of Japanese…

7 common structures of Japanese Buddhist Temples

Buddhism was inherited from other nations during the past, the Buddhist temples of Japan have a look and structure similar to the temples of China, Nepal, India etc. There are a lot of small and big statues that can be found around the temple areas and also inside it. Along with the main temple hall…

Shrines and Temples Similarities

static1.squarespace.com/ During my whole one year in Japan, I have travelled to many places and often encountered the situations where I felt confused while thinking about the exact differences between the shrines and temples. Like me, everybody travelling across Japan will surely be having a similar experience while visiting a number of big and small…

Karaoke Magic – old and young, in groups and by yourself!

Probably Japanese would not sing or dance in a large public space, but in a cosy small room with special lighting effects, they go wild. That’s Karaoke magic. This is a close up guide to the mysterious Japanese Karaoke culture. Karaoke transformation tameblo.blog.tennis365.net/ Originally, Karaoke was targeted at grown-ups in their 20s and 30s with…
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