2015 March

What captured my heart in Japan

A country with the most interesting and enviable traits enclosed within a tightly compact small island, Japan is the best destination for all. Well, if I were to pin what I love about this beautiful place, in spite of its micro dimensions, words will flow like endless river and spill over the edge. However, I…

Emoticons (Emoji) with a hidden Japanese background : part 1

rocketnews24.com/ Nowadays we would not be able to communicate dry virtual messages without smoothing them out with emoticons. Based on smileys they have evolved to our everyday must have tool. Some of them underline emotions, some decorate the overall message and some are a mystery to many. The reason for this is the Japanese cultural…

Tsukumogami – Japanese “Tool” Ghosts and Monsters

blog-imgs-54.fc2.com/ The fascinating field of Japanese Yokai (monsters) and ghosts is immense. One specific group inside this wide world are the spirits of tsukumogami (付喪神). This idea originated from Shinto religion, which believes, that everything in the world is a god and has a spirit inside. Therefore, it should be treated with respect and appreciation.…

Yokai – Famous Japanese ghosts, monsters and creatures

nasyoumai.cocolog-nifty.com/ As featured in the first part of this article, there are more monsters that could enter the top 10 ranking. Here are the next 5 (in)famous ones: Relevance article: Yokai – Japanese ghosts, monsters and legendary creatures part 1 Rokurokubi (ろくろ首) upload.wikimedia.org/ A female yokai with an extremely long neck, that can extend even further.…

Yokai – Japanese Ghosts and Monsters in New Age

Yokai watch Which of these cuddly Yo-kai would you like to cozy up with on #NationalCuddleUpDay: Komasan, Jibanyan or Whisper? pic.twitter.com/0IngoAqEmh — YO-KAI WATCH (@YokaiWatchNews) January 7, 2017 Japan has hundreds of yokai (monsters) and ghosts. A lot of them are still used in modern culture or literature. Very popular at the moment is yokai…

Yokai – Japan’s top 5 famous ghosts, monsters and creatures

twitter.com/ Have you ever heard of Japanese ghosts or monsters? When thinking about monsters, most people think of Frankenstein, yetis or bigfoot. Japanese monsters are called yokai, ghosts would be obake. They are, of course, a bit different from their western counterparts. You might have encountered some of them in pop culture like video games…

Vending Machines Evolution in Japan

In Japan,they have the most convenient, strangest and accessible vending machines that is considered highly visible and can be found in the streets everywhere or in schools, offices, companies and gasoline stations. The positive view for japanese people leads to inseparable feeling that vending machines are like robots, and doing chores to satisfy basic human…

It’s worth paying to touch adorable cats over coffee

Do you love cats? The author is more a dog person. However, some of you cat persons can’t have your own cats for various reasons. Maybe your family has an allergy to them, you are living in a rental apartment, and so far so forth. But don’t let it get you down! You have “cat…

Make it shine on a rainy day with Teru-Teru Bozu!

When you were a child, you had outdoor school trips. When you were in high school, you’d go shopping with your friends. If you have a child now, you probably often take him or her outside to play or for a walk. But what did you do when the weather forecast would say it was…

Why Nagoya? Why Not!

When traveling somewhere, people will usually choose the famous touristic cities / places. They will go to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, then Hokkaido when they visit Japan. This is not a surprise as those cities offer various places to visit, as well as beauty, comfort, and shopping. But to give you more information that not really…
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