A Day at a Japanese Elementary School

How do the elementary school students in your country spend their day? What kind of activities they share and what they learn after one day passing in class with their teachers and classmates. If you are curious to know the schedule of Japanese children’s in the school, let’s take a look. commons.wikimedia.org/ Morning 4.bp.blogspot.com/ The…

5 Leading Japanese Martial Arts

Japan is a country where people have a big interest in sports. Sports, originally in Japan, was often associated with culture. For these reasons, some traditional Japanese sports and especially martial art still exists and Japan and still have a huge audience. we are listing here some of the most popular ones. 1. Sumo jp.fotolia.com/…

What makes Japan so addicting?

Ever wondered what is so addicting about Japan? If you experienced staying in Japan, you’ll know the feeling of longing to stay there again. Even people who haven’t been there yet, get just so hook to the thought of Japan. I’ve asked people around me some questions. My family, relatives, friends, and neighbors to be…

The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, short review.

In 1944, while the United States of America knew they have almost won the war and will be soon taking over the Japanese, they needed to properly acknowledge themselves about their enemy. Since the Japanese were the most alien enemy they have ever fought throughout their war history, they had to take into account different…

Japanese Scary Stories: Teke Teke

Are You Afraid of the Dark? jp.fotolia.com/ Every culture has ghost stories and scary urban legends. As I was a child, my brothers and I would sit around the campfire or the fireplace in our house, and tell scary stories. Scary urban legends and ghost stories can shed a lot of light on the culture…

A short Introduction to the Anthropology of Japanese Education

Gaps A Building Block of the Japanese Mentality, and the Anthropology of Japanese Education in reference to Lauren J. Kotloff’s “… And Tomoko wrote this song for us” from Thomas P. Rohlen and Gerald K. LeTendre’s “Teaching and learning in Japan (1996)” ecx.images-amazon.com/ While anthropology is referred to as the social science that studies human…

“Harakiri” , the Story of an Honorable Suicide

When someone comes to your house and seeks a place to commit suicide, what would you do? Harakiri (or Seppuku) is a movie about a ragged clothed samurai seeking an honourable suicide and asking to leave him using a well-known clan’s grounds for it. The lord of the house shared with that person the story…

Genki Gaijin’s Top 7 Things to Hate about Japan

1. Bowing jp.fotolia.com/ You’ll hate it to begin with, but actually, you’ll end up loving it. To start with, I just couldn’t get used to all the ceremonious bowing – you find yourself bobbing up and down every time someone enters a room, or leaves a room, or does something in a room. It’s endless.…

“Okuribito” the hearty movie about Death

How many people do you know would enjoy talking about death? Yet this award-winning film Okuribito [Departures] has touched the hearts of all who has watched it with this heavy topic. Okuribito (or Departures) is a story about an unsuccessful cellist searching for a new job in his hometown, and was indoctrinated into being an…

The World of Momoyo Torimitsu

The writer of Ficciones (1944), Jorge Luis Borges, describes a perfect map which reports all details of the world and even adopts the actual size and volume of the world. This map is so perfect that it can’t be distinguished from the real thing! fr.m.wikipedia.org/ As a result, the world is at the same time…
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