4 Common Myths and Misconceptions About Japan

My colleagues often ask me things about Japan, some of the questions are insightful, but some contain some misconceptions about the land of the rising sun. I will go through some of the things I have been asked and show how Japan is much more surprising than many people think! 1. In Japan, they only…

Japanese Brushes Kumanofude, Professional Makeup Brushes

Introduction takeda-brush.com/ I would like to introduce the Kumano makeup brushes, for all of the makeup lovers. These Kumano makeup brushes are used by Hollywood celebrities, models, makeup artists and other professional makeup artists around the world. These makeup brushes had become even more famous after the Japanese women’s soccer team: Nadeshiko Japan, received them…

Strange Monsters the Japanese Feel Familiar With

Strange-Monster en.wikipedia.org/ It’s a beautiful day in Tokyo. People are going about their daily lives. Getting on and off trains, going to work, coming home, living. When suddenly, a rumble stops the city. Everyone feels the ground shaking rhythmically below them. They look around when they hear an ear-piercing roar! All around them, windows shatter…

Japanese Sizes, a Guide to Tiny Things

If this is your first visit to Japan, congratulations! You’ve got a chance to experience the ‘miniature world’ in a real sense. If this is your second visit or you are a frequent traveler to Japan, it’s an honor to remind you of how tiny things in Japan are. You are officially checked in. Tall…

The Most Common Materials Used in Japanese Kumanofude Brushes

Kumanofude tau-hiroshima.jp/ I would like to tell you about one of the traditional Japanese crafts that has made itself known to the world. Kumanofude is a type of brush that is made in the town of Kumano in Hiroshima prefecture. The skills required to create a Kumanofude have been passed down from the Edo Period…

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…
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