10 Popular Japanese Good Luck Charms (Engimono) to Have in Your Home

What symbolizes good luck in your country? Is there some particular type of item or food that is said to bring you good fortune? In many countries and cultures, there are various traditions that involve eating a certain food, wearing or using a specific item, or even performing a certain to ensure that good luck…

What are the Best Samurai Movies?

If you are like me and are still a 10-year-old at heart, you probably love yourself some good sword-fighting swashbuckling adventures. And Japanese cinema has some incredible movies that will scratch that particular itch. Here are a few! Classics Starting with the most famous, The Seven Samurai. This is one of the most famous, and…

Chanbara, “Sword fighting movies”

What is Chanbara One classic staple of Japanese cinema is the chanbara genre. Chanbara, meaning “Sword fighting movies”, are a sub-genre of Jidaigeki or period dramas. Chanbara is films that focus on samurai, ronin, or ninja. They have been incredibly influential on western cinema if you have seen a big action movie you have very…
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The role of Mt. Fuji in Japanese culture

encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/ The most stereotypical shot of Japan that you can find is that of Mt. Fuji in the backdrop, peeking through cherry blossom branches. Yet what lends to its kitschy quality is the undeniable beauty of Mt. Fuji itself. With an almost perfectly spherical cone shape, and perpetually snow-capped top, Mt. Fuji has been an…

Host Clubs, Unique Entertainment for Girls in Japan

Being greeted like a princess and being surrounded by many handsome men – a dream come true in Japan, as long as your purse can afford it. What is Host Club? jp.fotolia.com/ Have you ever heard of the anime “Ouran High School Host Club”? Before the anime became popular, there were many host clubs in…

5 Basic Items for Men’s Summer Fashion in Japan

girlschannel.net/ Unlike the girls, boys normally are simpler in their style. Therefore, their fashion mostly is based on the color or the model of their shirts or pants. However, Japanese boys have different taste in the accessories they choose like the shoes or bag. So what actually their styles look like? Soft Color T-shirt s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/…

Prince Shotoku: the Legend, the Leader, the Man

Who Was Prince Shotoku en.wikipedia.org/ When people refer to Japan as a Buddhist nation, this man is being remembered in a small way. Prince Shotoku was regent (interim ruler) appointed by Empress Suiko in 593. He is also known as Prince Umayado, or Prince Kamitsumiya. He is known and revered for promulgating Buddhism in Japan.…

Wear sushi on your feet!

Sushi Socks otakumode.com/ You probably know about sushi! Or maybe you have been eating it ? This food is traditional Japanese cuisine made of rice with raw seafood placed on it. Today people have became innovative and creative enough to make something with similiar appearance but with a completely different function. One of them is…

Sakura from outer space!

Space travel Japan is famous for having beautiful cherry blossoms but have you heard of space cherry blossoms? In November 2008, cherry blossom seeds from 14 places in Japan were collected to be brought aboard the ISS (International Space Station) with the Japanese astronaut Mr. Koichi Wakata as part of an educational program for children…

Japanese New Year Parties, Bonenkai and Shinnenkai

BONENKAI japaoemfoco.com/ Bonenkai (忘年会 in Japanese Kanji) is a Japanese drinking party, which is held among co-workers’ groups or friends at the end of the year (on December). 忘 (“bou”) means to forget, 年 (“nen”) means year, and 会 (“kai”) means gathering. It can most easily be explained as a year-end party. THE PURPOSE amazonaws.com/…
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