2015 June

Comparison of Preschools in 3 Different Cultures: China, Japan, United States

“Anthropological fieldwork at the preschools of three different cultures in reference to Tobin, Joseph Jay., Yeh Hsueh, and Mayumi Karasawa’s Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited: China, Japan, and the United States (2009)” Prior to going on that “virtual fieldwork” by watching the anthropological videos of Joseph Tobin from Preschool in Three Cultures revisited: China, Japan,…

Territorial Issues Between Japan and China, Korea and Russia

Ever since Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese president Xi Jinping have been elected, Xi Jinping has been avoiding a meeting with Abe and that is due to two reasons. i.ytimg.com/ The first one is because of the Yasukuni Shrine issue concerning Japan’s war responsibility. The second reason is due to the Senkaku islands…

How to find a Japanese soulmate?

When it comes to dating Japanese, it might be even a much more difficult task than dating your own nationality. Problems that might occur is the language barrier: either you have to learn Japanese or your counterpart needs to learn English (or if it is not your native language, there is always the possibility for…

A very underrated and uncommon Shrine: Kamigoryo Jinja

Introduction The Goryo Shrine, most commonly known as the Kamigoryo shrine or kamigoryo jinja is located 5 minutes from Doshisha University and the Kyoto Imperial palace (Kyoto-gosho). It was established during the Heian Period of Japanese history on the site of a former Buddhist temple. This shrine is a little hidden making not as famous…

Japanese Dramas VS Korean Dramas

Japanese and Korean dramas are two of the most anticipated Asian drama. But what makes them so distinct? J-Drama Many people argue about which is better, The J-Drama or K-Drama? Well, I can’t please everybody and I am not in the right position to give judgment since I love both. However, I’ll just state what…

Love Hot Springs? Visit These 3 Secret “Onsen Villages” Near Tokyo!

A hot spring, or “onsen” in Japanese, is a place that culturally and naturally has been one of the most significant parts in Japanese life. In Japan, now onsen became one of tourists destination to experience local wisdom. There are thousands of onsens spread all over Japan. Tokyo is one of the area that has…

Airbnb in Japan: is it a good way to travel?

Airbnb is one of those superstar startups that have disrupted the once-formidable global hotel industry. Its viability in Japan was once questioned, given country stereotypes about how Japanese people are extremely protective of their own home ground and would not easily admit strangers into their homes. But surprisingly, Airbnb has taken off in Japan, with…

Fumiko Motoya: Nontypical Model for a Smart Marketing Strategy!

The APA hotel chain is a ubiquitous business hotel chain in Japan. They are present in most of the major cities in Japan, with 47 hotels in the Kanto area alone. APA stands for Always Pleasant Amenities. It does sort of living up to its name if what you are seeking is no-frills nice amenities…

Sapporo Summer Festival, Non-Stop Summer Fun!

Sapporo Summer Fest is one of the most popular festivals in Sapporo which attracts more than one million visitors every year. The festival runs about a month from July to August. Many events are held during the festival, such as a Hokkaido Bon Odori dance, the Sapporo Bazaar antique fair, music and Jazz shows, firework…

Feel the Energy of Yosakoi Soran Festival, Sapporo

Yosakoi is an energetic Japanese traditional dance combined with modern music, which is held annually in early June. It is performed in large groups of dancers wearing fascinating colorful costumes (Happi coats and Yukatas predominantly). Naruko, or small wooden clappers are held by each dancer. blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ The first performance was held in the city of…
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