CULTURE

CULTURE

Having a pet or two, or even more in some cases, is a great way of making life that bit brighter. Thanks to the joy that our pets bring us wherever we are in the world, we always have a companion to help keep stress at bay. While some people...

Sometani Shota (染谷将太) is still young, but he has already appeared in more than 60 films, worked with some of the most prominent directors and married with a child to a famous and internationally recognized actress. Sometani Shota imgrum.net/ Also called "Someya" by his fans, Sometani Shota was born in Koto, Tokyo...

Anime and manga lovers! Who among you ever dreamed of opening an anime streaming page at work without anyone batting an eye? Or reading your favorite manga during your break without anyone judging you? Better yet, have a discussion about your latest anime find with your colleagues (yes, plural)? If...

If there is one Asian country that pays very high regards to cultural heritage and traditional practices, Japan would have to be one of the obvious picks. It is very much apparent, even when you take a random stroll on any city street. From old castles to gorgeous, old-style ryokan...

La La Land’s box office success and numerous awards put the spotlight back to the nearly forgotten musical genre. This Hollywood film, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, is showing in Japan from February 24, 2017. While waiting for its theatrical release, how about checking out these five contemporary...

The 2020 Summer Olympics event is fast approaching in Japan, and a huge influx of foreigners is expected as the event draws near. Some major problems that visitors may face in visiting the country include the language barrier and cultural differences. Another factor is the use of toilets. Toilets in...

There was a time when coloring books were just for kids. Nowadays, however, they are considered as a form of affordable yet effective stress relief for adults. Scientific studies prove the effectiveness of art therapy in reducing stress, and coloring seems to offer the same benefits. Some psychologists and...

Have you heard of the term “bonsai (盆栽)?” If you have and think of those little trees that you see in a friend’s house or in gardens, you are partly right. But more than just the plant themselves, did you know that bonsai is actually a form of Japanese...

Japanese children are unlike any other children in the world. They are taught to be independent at a young age that it becomes a common sight to see kids as young as 7 years old riding the train alone. Though parents are quite apprehensive at first, they put their...

Not all of us always enjoy games that are challenging as they can make us feel stressed when they are too difficult to complete. There are times when we play games just because we want enjoyment and relaxation, or simply to temporarily escape the harsh reality of life. Therefore,...

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