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Why Are Buddhist Monks in Japan Allowed to Get Married?

Not only are Buddhist monks in Japan allowed to get married and have children, they are also allowed to eat meat and consume alcohol. However, these only apply to some of them. Monks who have vowed to be celibate are not allowed to do the aforementioned things, whereas monks who have not vowed to be…

Will Ukiyo-e Art Posters on Japanese Trains Help People Mind Their Manners?

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 to Japan going home with tales…

Does Everyone Take Part in the Annual Day Off for Japanese Housewives?

Do you know that a large percentage of the Japanese population is comprised of housewives? Housewives in Japan are expected to do a lot of cooking and cleaning, which becomes even more taxing when their children and husbands are at home. To give them the much-needed rest they deserve, Sankei Living Shimbun (サンケイリビング新聞), an internet…

What is Premium Friday and How Will It Help the Japanese Economy?

Since the economic bubble burst in Japan in the 1980s, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (and their forebearers) have been working to get the economy back on track. Japan, as with many other countries, did rebuild but were hit with another recent recession, where they saw things drop again. The Japanese Ministry…

How Are Japanese Children Prepared for Independence?

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 fears aside as there are so…

Why Are Many Women in Japan Stay-At-Home Wives? Here Are 6 Reasons

Have you ever wondered why so many women in Japan become stay-at-home wives after getting married? As a woman who grew up in a post-communist country, I was always encouraged to focus on studying for a future career. Thus, when coming to Japan for my master’s degree, I was quite surprised to find out that…

This Japanese Company Is Helping Moms Stay in the Workforce

It is quite strange, yet true, that many Japanese women are more likely to have university degrees than Japanese men. However, one of the biggest reasons why women quit their jobs after childbirth is the unfeasible working hours for child care. Since the workplace in Japan is very busy, working as a mother might mean…

Real Life Ninjas? All About Parkour in Japan and Parkour Performer Zen

When it comes to Japanese culture and entertainment, ninjas are just as iconic as samurais. And when a typical moviegoer gets asked how to describe a ninja, he or she might say, “Ninjas always wear black. They move so swiftly when they climb walls, jump on rooftops, infiltrate territories, and assassinate enemies with their special…

5 Reasons That Make Japan a Clean and Green Country

Japan remains to be one of the cleanest places to live in despite having some of its own environmental issues. One of which is the problem they face when it comes to putting away garbage such as the situation in the Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海). However, overall, it is a pretty clean country. It has…

What Is Hikikomori? Could It Be One of Japan’s Most Serious Problems?

Nearly 700,000 young Japanese people are missing. They have seemed to drop from the face of the earth. They do not work, they do not engage socially, and they are gone for years at a time. These tend to be largely young men between the age of 15 to 34. These young people will suddenly…
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