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How Do Ancient ‘Tsunami Stones’ Warn People About Future Disasters in Japan?

Tsunamis are fairly common in Japan, primarily because of major earthquakes that tend to hit the area every 100 to 150 years. Because of this, the country implemented advanced countermeasures against future tsunamis and education for disaster preparedness. As a reminder of the devastating impact of tsunamis, tsunami stones came into use. In Aneyoshi, Japan,…

Why Is Japan the Safest Place in the World for Babies to Be Born?

Out of the many questions people from the outside have about Japan, one seems to be more interesting than others – is Japan safe for pregnant women? Or simply put, is Japan a good place to give birth? Japan has hundreds of things to be regarded for, but when it comes to infant mortality rate,…

Who Are These ‘History Girls’ From Japan and What Are Their Interests?

Japan has many subcultures that really make you wonder how different it is from the rest of the world. When it comes to gender-specific cliques, there are a few such as “Reki-jo,” also known as “History Girls,” that have become very popular in the past few decades. Reki-jo is a group of women who show…

4 Smartphone Habits Of Japanese People That Will Surprise You!

Japan, being a tech-savvy nation, boasts a large smartphone user base. There are some things that Japan does in a different way when compared to the rest of the world, but every country on the planet has been hooked onto smartphones with the advent of social media, online news, games, and video sharing. However, the…

Learn About the Meanings Behind the 8 Most Common Japanese Surnames

Surnames are a very unique and interesting aspect of Japan. Did you know that an overwhelming majority of Japanese surnames have been in existence only since the late 19th century? Also, the meanings behind those surnames are very reflective of cultural, religious, and social practices that have been in Japanese society for a while. It…

Doing a Homestay in Japan? Here Are 6 Things You Should Do for the Best Experience

I recently experienced a homestay with a Japanese family in Handa City, Aichi Prefecture. It was a valuable and memorable experience to know and explore the lifestyle of a typical Japanese family, understand their culture and traditions, and also eat delectable home-cooked food. I stayed with Obaasan (grandmother), and her daughter who lived nearby often…

What Shocking Thing Did This Japanese Train Company Do and Why Did It Apologize?

Japan is recognized for many things around the world, and one of these things is trains running on time. In a world where many countries struggle with aging transport systems and consistent delays and complaints, Japan is famed for having high-quality trains and punctual services. The latest news, then, of a train company in Japan…

How Does Tokyo Deal With Its Huge Population?

Tokyo is a monster of a city, with an enormous headcount of over 13 million people. That’s a huge number to imagine, but to actually see even a small portion of that number in one place is pretty amazing. Tokyo’s most populous areas get incredibly crowded; Shibuya’s famous “Scramble” sees over a thousand crossers per…

Are There LGBT Families in Japan? What Is Their Situation Like?

Japan is a country of advancement, and in many aspects, it seems to be one step ahead of everybody else. However, there is one area in which this country is lagging behind. And that area consists of issues relating to LGBT. It was not until recent years that Japan’s outlook on the LGBT community started…
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