CULTURE

CULTURE

Have you ever experienced bathing in a hot spring or onsen (温泉) in Japan? In the summer of 2016, I took my European husband to an onsen ryokan (温泉旅館), a Japanese-style hotel with hot springs. Apparently, his expectations were hugely betrayed in many ways. He had heard about onsen...

If you read manga (漫画), or Japanese comics, then you probably already know what shoujo (少女) manga is. But for those that are new to it, it is a category for readership or circulation that is aimed at teenage girls - this is directly evident in the word "shoujo"...

MUJI (無印良品) is popular for its minimalist products. They are known for focusing on sleek designs – from stationery to furniture. And now, they have expanded into building actual homes that adhere to the concept of minimalism. These are tiny homes called the "MUJI Hut (ムジハット)." It can be...

It’s been 12 years since Nobuta wo Produce (野ブタ。をプロデュース) aired. It is a drama that centers around shy high school student, Nobuko Kotani (小谷信子), with her friends Shuji Kiritani (桐谷修二) and Akira Kusano (草野彰) who work together in their attempts to make Kotani more appealing and popular. The drama...

Approximately 90% of the Japanese population are followers of Shintoism (神道), Buddhism (仏教) or both. This can be attributed to the high regards paid by the Japanese towards their ethnic origins as well as the value they put on ancient traditions. Shintoism, in particular, has been popular...

Believe it or not, Japanese animation, or more commonly known as anime, already went through a century-long journey! This definitely deserves a celebration, but no, we are not talking about popping champagne and throwing confetti. We will be celebrating it in a different way, but first, let's learn a...

The recently concluded Japanese TV drama series Ubai Ai, Fuyu (奪い愛、冬) covers love affairs and obsession. The four main characters are tangled up in obsessive relationships. If you’re into romantic tragedy shows, then this is for you! Ubai Ai, Fuyu Synopsis 【リアルタイム連動ツイートなう】愛する人を奪われた2人😫このあと、康太( #三浦翔平 )と蘭( #水野美紀 )にまさかの展開が…‼️‼️‼️#奪い愛、冬 pic.twitter.com/soiRQOd0BO— 『奪い愛、冬』ドラマ公式アカウント (@ubaiai) March 3,...

Try asking somebody to describe the Japanese in a few words and most often the answer will be "reserved" and "polite." Japan is renowned for being a safe place to live where almost everything is pleasant. The majority of people are helpful and courteous with just a few visitors...

In a small Tokyo (東京) bar, people gather. The music’s loud, the atmosphere lively and the beer is flowing. But this is no ordinary tavern. No suits or cosplay here – just cowboy hats, tight jeans and belt buckles as large as the waist. It looks like Texas and...

Rice is a staple food in Japan. It has been cultivated across the country for many years and is synonymous with the general meaning of "meal." However, the younger generation nowadays is increasingly eating junk food like Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (クリスピー・クリーム・ドーナツ) or McDonald's (マクドナルド) instead of rice. To promote...

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