Shine Shine Monk! Teru Teru Bozu!

duncansensei.com/ THE BIG DAY All of you may have a special day that you are really waiting for. You may wait impatiently for your birthday, or for the day to celebrate your first meeting with your boyfriend/ girlfriend, or a big event that happened before in your life, etc. Just before the BIG DAY, if…

3 Things You Need To Know About Aikido

centre.nikkeiplace.org/ Aikido is one of the Japanese Martial Art forms which evolved in the 20th century and spread to the rest of the world after the Second World War. I advise you to attend at least one Aikido class while you are visiting Japan. Aikido is gaining popularity day by day due to its unique…

Sugidama: That Cedar Ball Hung in front of Doors in Chizu

Author’s photo Have you ever seen a ball-like object in either brown or green hanging in front of a sake brewery or a Japanese house? If you are from Chizu or have been to this town, you may probably know what is that strange spheric decoration hanged in front of the doors of Chizu’s houses…

Jizo, the Protector of the Children’s Souls

Have you ever seen a little buddha statue on your way to the nearest supermarket, or maybe, on a roadside while heading to your college? Ever wondered what exactly those little buddhas are? Those little buddhas are called Jizo or politely ‘o-jizo sama’. They are said to guide Buddhists to Nirvana. And are the most…

BONSAI! Bring a tree to the inside of your home !

Bonsai is a Japanese term that designate plants placed on a tray (“bon” means “tray” and “sai” means “planting”). It is specially made for interior decoration purposes. Creating and taking care of a bonsai is not as easy as just putting a plant on tray or pot and waiting that it grows up. To make…

Why Wear a Mask in Japan?

tofugu.com/ When I first came to Japan as a visiting relative, I was surprised to see so many people wearing masks. “What’s going on? Is there an epidemic?”, I curiously asked my sister who is married to a Japanese and has been living in Japan for many years. And she explained that in Japan, it…

Spring Women Fashion: Japanese Style

Too warm, but not hot enough The season has changed! Sakura has already gone and summer is coming. The air is getting warmer (or even hotter!). People hide their coats and jackets and wear lighter clothes. For those of you who want to travel to Japan in the nearest future, or even for those who…

5 things that make Japan successful

Japan has seen a lot of troubles, faced a lot of orders since long ago, whether it was the rule of the dictator Tojo, the atom bomb disaster, tsunami or the frequent earthquakes. The country is a living example of how a unity of the nation can lead it to the top in every field.…

5 Best Hollywood Movies Set in Japan

Maybe the movie freaks will know some of the best movies that were filmed in Japan. Yes, in fact, there are many world-famous movies that were set in Japan. Those movies usually show us the beauty and uniqueness of Japanese places and culture. These are some movies that are quite famous and are worth to…

Several Warning Signs You Will See in Japan

Need to adjust foreign land shopping.hobidas.com/ Being in a Foreign Land involves big adjustment not only for food, shelter, transport system, but mainly for the way of living itself. Whatever reason you have for visiting Land of the rising Sun, You might as well take note some of the important warnings visible on the road,…
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