2015 July

New stationery: Vegetable Colored Crayons?

The Start of Vegetabo The vegetabo crayons originated in Aomori prefecture which is in the northern most part of the main island of Japan. Aomori has an abundance of high-quality of vegetables. The people of Aomori wanted to find a way to advertise their home in a unique way and they did found a way…

Japanese Gaming History: Special Memorial Satoru Iwata

Passing of a Legend I am still in the middle of writing my series on the history of Japanese games, but today (7/13) the gaming world was sad to hear the passing of a legend. Satoru Iwata (岩田聡) passed away on the 11th of July due to a tumor. Satoru Iwata was the president of…

3 peculiar Japanese superstitions

Even in a place as technologically advanced as Japan, there are still some old world beliefs and superstitions. Whether you believe in them or not, they are still not discounted from the culture. From the fascinating to the strange, here are 3 peculiar superstitions still alive and well in Japan. 1. Blood Types jp.fotolia.com/ Not…

Sanrio Puroland: for the Kids and Young–at–Heart!

Dating back to the 1990’s is an almost-forgotten indoor theme park known as Sanrio Puroland in Tokyo. From my Japanese friend’s point-of-view, this theme park has a long history and is usually visited by foreigners rather than the Japanese. If you’re a fan of the Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Cinnamoroll, Jewelpet…

Suikawari: the Japanese game of Watermelon splitting

Many have heard of Japanese horrendous prices for fruits. Regular fruits as apples and peaches can cost on average 200-300 Yen per piece whereas bigger fruits like watermelons start from 1000¥ and do not seem to have a limit. According to an article published by HuffingtonPost in 2008, one rare black watermelon was even sold…

Have a Break, Have a KitKat −in a Jar!

Japan is an innovative country. Every now and then, they surprise people with their cool and creative ideas. From technologies and such, down to some inventions of personal stuff, they really meet the expectations. photos1.blogger.com/ Everyone knew that Japan has a variety of vending machines. Name it, most likely they have it. Who would’ve thought…

Ronin: the Lordless Samurai

Have you ever watched The 47 Ronin? It was a long movie starred by Keanu Reeves which originated from the early 18th century. It featured samurais becoming ronins. So what are ronins, exactly? The Origin of Ronin As a child is without a home, so goes for the ronin without a master. They do not…

Ogaki Castle: A must visit for the castle lovers, Gifu prefecture

Often overlooked because of its more famous castle neighbors, this castle is a must-go for history lovers. A flatland castle, Ogaki Castle has as much history as the more famous castles. The History city.ogaki.lg.jp/ It was built in 1535 by Miyagawa Yasusada and was expanded by Bokuzen Ujie in 1559. One of the three unifiers…

Prepare yourself for the typhoon season!

Japan’s crime rate is one of the lowest worldwide, despite having huge cities and millions of people. The real danger lures elsewhere. Every year, there are numerous typhoons visiting Japan, many damaging property and some even taking human lives. If you are lucky, you will experience a typhoon just as a ‘strong wind’, if in…

How to Prepare for a Day at the Beach in Japan

Being famous for huge skyscrapers, neon lights in the city and Mt.Fuji, only few people think of Japan as a country where you could have a beach vacation. The Japanese archipelago offers a lot of possibilities to escape the heat of the city. Once you decided on where to go, make sure to get your…
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