2015 March

Sakura in Bloom

Of all the flowers in Asia, without a doubt the most famous is the Japanese Cherry Blossom, or Sakura. Images all over the island depict this beautiful flower blooming a gorgeous pink, decorating the trees all over both the countryside and many parks of Japan. It is a celebrated tradition by the Japanese to truly…

The magical word “Daijobu”, what does it really mean?

Have you ever heard of this word spoken by the Japanese? If so, you might be wondering what the word really indicates. This word is used in various situations, an take on various meanings and is one of the most widely used Japanese words. So how is it used? “Daijobu Desu” jp.fotolia.com/ We say “daijobu”…

Must try: Top 3 Best Gyudon Shops in Japan

Gyudon is one of the main foods in Japan. The name comes from the combination of two words- “Gyu” which means beef and “don” which is short for donburi, which is a food served on top of rice in a bowl. Gyudon is a famous donburi dish which consists of beef strips cooked in a…

A Hop On, Hop Off Sightseeing Bus in Tokyo

January this year I’ve encountered this lovely bus in Tokyo that gives you not only fantastic sight of the city but also lets you get off and on it at your most convenient time. It is called Sky Hop Bus. The bus is an open top double decker that lets you enjoy unlimited rides on…

Foods to Try in Japan

Perhaps one of the best parts about visiting or living in Japan is the superb variety of food it offers you. Foreign travelers will be delighted to find some of Asia’s most sought after cuisines available, such as Thai, Korean, and even Indian food. For the homesick Westerner, there are plenty of restaurants that provide…

Emoticons (Emoji) with a hidden Japanese background : part 3

Did you know, that many Japanese festivals are featured in emoticons? If you were wondering what some of the emoji on your phone might be, find out what their Japanese origins are here in this article! Hinamatsuri media.kddi.com/ ps38.org/ The doll’s festival is held on March 3rd. Japanese decorate a set of two princes and…

Emoticons (Emoji) with a hidden Japanese background : part 2

Find out more about hidden Japanese culture on your smartphone and learn their original meaning. Mizaru, Kikazaru, Iwazaru media.kddi.com/ genchi.info/ Mizasaru kikazaru iwazaru (見ざる, 聞かざる, 言わざる) are the three wise monkeys from Japan. It is a wordplay and means “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. Gesture media.kddi.com/ Negation is often gestured in…

Do the Japanese really do everything on time?

Japanese people are very punctual they say. Trains, buses and even taxi always come on time. People get ready 10 minutes before they actually start something. Office workers arrive at the office at 8:45 and open their laptops right away even though the labor time starts from 9:00. okwave.com Of course, I am one of…

Is Being a Housewife a Bad Thing?

Are you going to get married to your lover? Congratulations! I hope you will have a happy life with him. By the way… are you going to become a housewife after having kids? If so, please take a look at this article first, and think about your life when married. First of all, what do…

The wonders of Japanese alternative medicine

static.flickr.com When we catch a cold of feel bad for longer than usual, we tend to go see a doctor. We hope that the doctor can “magically” heal us by judging from our symptoms and that he is the only one who can help us by prescribing pills and medicine. Many forget that doctors can…
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