Meet the Cute Japanese Character Rilakkuma and Friends!

Rilakkuma is a beloved character in Japan, where anything deemed “kawaii” has an excellent chance of becoming popular. So just who is Rilakkuma and what sort of characters make up his adorable group of friends? Who is Rilakkuma? Thanks to everyone who made it to our Rilakkuma x P!QTOO opening event in New York this…

7 reasons the Japanese wear surgical masks

Why do Japanese people always wear surgical masks? Many of those who come to Japan for the first time will have this question. This time we will examine the reasons why wearing surgical masks is so popular among Japanese people. 1.Sickness jp.fotolia.com/ Japanese people often use surgical masks when they get sick or when they…

7 odd facts about Japan

Every country in this world has some peculiar facts about it, so does Japan. These are some interesting facts about Japan! Earthquakes thelayeredearth.com/ Around 1500 earthquakes have occurred in Japan. If you live or stay in Japan, don’t get shocked if you suddenly feel a little shaking. Health c1.thejournal.ie/ Japanese people are really concerned with…

Tsubaki Oil, Japanese beauty weapon

Looking at the skin, especially the face, of Japanese women, you can’t help but question yourself “Why was I not born Japanese?”. Yes, their skin is to envy, but we can all be Japanese-like if we take a note of their beauty regimen. Take, for example, Japan’s fondness of applying oil to their bodies. Camelia…

3 best Japanese TV-shows that are not about food

America is going through a golden age of television programming. Japan? Not so much… According to a recent survey by the Asahi newspaper, nearly 75 percent of those surveyed noted that they thought Japanese TV is boring. Many programs are just people eating food and shouting, “Umai!!!” (delicious). But there are a few babies in…

Japanese Youthful Skin Secret

It seems like every woman in the world is envious of Japanese beauty. Who would not be? Japanese women are known to have beautiful porcelain skin. Walking on the streets in Japan, you will be mesmerized by the number of beautiful women walking around. You would totally ask yourself if Japan really has a problem…

New trend in Japan: Babysitting culture

No babysitting culture? img.allabout.co.jp/ Anyone who has been living in Japan for a while, or anyone who knows a bit more than usual about Japanese culture may have noticed that in Japan there is no babysitting culture. The reason Unlike other countries like Spain, England, Germany or US, the reason is quite simple. Until recently…

Japanese great composer: Innovative music style

Tomomi Adachi de.m.wikipedia.org/ The works of the composer Tomomi Adachi are, paradoxically (rather, they sound “baroque”!) part of a long minimalist tradition (Satie, John Cage), extended by the culture of Japanese microtonality of Gagaku music. As an alternative to the term “minimalism”, the word “microscopic” could also be used to express, in particular, the idea…

Anime comes to Life in Japan

Manga comes to life in Japan For many people who live outside of Japan one of the most recognisable aspects of Japanese culture is manga and anime. From humble roots as an art form within Japan anime has taken the world by storm and is now more readily available than ever. You might be forgiven…

Even Cars are Kawaii in Japan

Across the world there are many famous Japanese car manufacturers, such as Toyota and Mitsubishi. In the UK the car we see produced by Toyota, Suzuki or Mitsubishi tend to blend in with other cars, such as those manufactured in Europe. However in Japan you might be surprised to see some cars on the roads…
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