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 Word ”Daijobu”/”Daijoubu” in Japanese: What Does it Mean?

During your travels in Japan, you will, of course, hear people all around you speaking Japanese. Common words and expressions you may encounter include “kawaii” (cute), “samui” (cold), “atsui” (hot) “ne!” (a tag question meaning “isn’t it?”, “aren’t you?”, etc), arigatou (thank you) and “mata ne” (see you), and more. Have you ever come across…

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…

See the Best of Tokyo with the Hop On, Hop Off Sightseeing Bus

Tokyo is the capital of Japan and as well as being one of the safest and cleanest capital cities in the world, it is absolutely full of great things to do for travelers. It is home to an impressive number of temples, shrines, unique landmarks, museums, parks, and incredible shopping areas. People who visit the…

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 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 Japan by…

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. Of course, I am one of the…

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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