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Japanese Superstitions: The Basics

Every country has it’s own superstitions ingrained in its culture. These beliefs whether real or not often times define and shape our culture. Japan has its own set of superstitions. Knowing some of these basic superstitions can help you in better assimilating or avoiding an embarrassing moment in your travels and life in Japan. If…

A fascinating fact about Nintendo’s Game Boy

nintendolife.com/ When Nintendo released the Game Boy in 1989, no one would have ever believed the impact it would have on the worldwide market. It didn’t only make it practically into every kids playroom, it also became a cultural phenomenon. Some of you might remember it from your own childhood, from older siblings or you…

4 Most Famous Traditional Types of Japanese Shoes

The Netherlands is famous for their traditional wooden clogs, Turkey for their pointed slippers, and Japan? They have of course traditional shoes of their own! The pretty ones are meant for celebration, the simple ones are for everyday life. You might have seen some of them in movies, manga, anime or even in real life…

University Graduation in Japan, and why it is a big deal

upload.wikimedia.org/ During spring, university students have graduations all over the country and enter the so-called shakai (社会) – society. Universities hold huge celebrations to welcome students into the society. This might sound strange, since graduates are already at least 22 years old, which means they have already been legally wise adults for at least two…

University Graduation Ceremonies in Japan

The start of spring also signals the end of some things, and April graduation is one yearly event thousands of young people look forward to. University graduation ceremonies are often held on the last week of March in Japan. As one may expect, graduation ceremonies are fancy affairs, as young adults celebrate the completion of…

What are the best ways to enjoy the rainy days?

ameblo.jp You have water-proofed yourself with a fancy umbrella, some nice Wellingtons and maybe even a raincoat and now you want to fight laziness and get out to enjoy the day. Here are some tips on where to go an what to do when it is the rainy season or just another rainy day of…

Japanese are crazy about pets!

Japan is a pets power. Pets are family to people, and we can say dogs and cats are still strongest of all pets. Nowadays, the number of dogs and cats has outnumbered children under 15. Reference:diamond.jp/ What attracts us Japanese human beings about living with their pets? 1. Pets have great healing power. We work…

Enjoy Spring the Japanese Way: Hanami Party

Since Spring has officially arrived in Japan, most people try to make the most out of the beautiful weather. Many people are anticipating on this season because of the warm temperature in contrast to what they have been experiencing for the past couple of months during Winter. And aside from the warm and mild climate,…

The People on Japanese Yen Bills: Who Are They?

blog.goo.ne.jp/ Naturally, nobody can get by in Japan without yen – but like any other currency in the world, yen is so common that it’s easy to pay no attention to any of the bill details. Yen coins – except for 10 yen – primarily have plant patterns, while banknotes have illustrations of the notable…

The Cutest Japanese Prefecture Mascots

Did you know that every prefecture in Japan have their own mascot? They are called “Yuru-chara” in Japanese and are usually created to promote a place or region, event, organization, or business. s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com They are characterized by their cute and unsophisticated designs, and often incorporating motifs that represent local culture, history or produce. They may…
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