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Mister Donut is an extremely famous and popular donut franchise here in Japan. Most Japanese people are familiar with the brand itself but may not be aware that Mister Donut actually originated in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1955, this brand was eventually bought by the US company Allied Lyons...

Hanami season in Japan is a very special time. The cherry blossoms start to bloom bringing the arrival of beautiful spring, and everyone wants to get together and have a good time. But, the blossoms don’t last forever, so it's essential to plan well if you want to have...

How much do you know about Japan's Obon customs? Normally during this period, Japanese people are allowed to take long vacations, and there are festivals in several places throughout the country. If you learn about Obon, its background and how it is celebrated, you'll definitely learn a lot about...

According to the Japanese Lunar Calendar, 'Setsubun' (literally 'seasonal division' in English) is the day before the arrival of spring. It is celebrated on February 3rd usually as a part of the Spring Festival (Haru Matsuri) across Japan at all shrines and temples. It can be called Japanese New...

Do you consider yourself a person with luck on your side? If you do, then that's great! There are many things in Japan where you can test that luck. Sadly, this article won't be about your luck in playing the pachinko game though. From the first of the new...

For many foreigners, Japan is an exciting and eclectic mix of culture. Having lived in Japan for over a year, I still get nervous when I have to perform everyday cultural etiquette, like giving the correct bow to a customer or handing over my business card politely. I think...

Every country has at least one National Holiday commemorating the day the country was founded or the day the country became glorified etc. Japan has been sovereign and isolated throughout its history. It is believed that the foundation of Japan has taken place some two thousand years ago by...

All around the world one of the largest and most popular holidays in numerous countries is, of course, Christmas! But what is the festive season like when you are in Japan? taringa.net/ Most of Japan's population aren't Christian so unlike countries such as England or the United States, Christmas isn't a...

Years ago, Halloween was just another day in the Land of the Rising Sun. No costumes, no candy, and few decorations. ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) had to explain the ideas to eager Japanese students, and occasionally donned costumes that confused and perplexed locals. More than once, I have seen...

Japan loves foreign commercialised holidays: Christmas, Valentine’s Day… so seeing Japan celebrate Halloween should be no surprise! kaigainohannoublog.blog55.fc2.com/ Restaurants, Supermarkets, Coffee Shops, any kind of shops, there is no limitation. The older generation somehow has it mixed up with Thanksgiving, since pumpkins and autumn decorations are used for Halloween, too....

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