2015 August

2 Popular Youth Hostels in Kyoto: An Affordable Stay in Japan

If absolute privacy isn’t your topmost priority and you’d like to save some money during your travel in Japan, a youth hostel might be the answer to it. Youth hostels originated in Germany more than 10 decades ago. jyh.or.jp/ They are available in 87 countries all over the world. Various youths from different countries of…

3 Creative and Practical Ideas for Advanced Origami

With the invention of paper, the technique of using origami also followed. During the 6th century, Buddhist monks carried paper into Japan. It was used first for ceremonial practices due to its expensive price. From then on, it evolved and became a part of Japan’s normal life. There are a lot of modern designs available…

Three Historical Reasons Why The Japanese Hesitate to Say What They Think

Do you have a Japanese friend? If so, how close are you? Generally, Japanese do not like to reveal their “honne”(true feelings) and therefore building close relationships is said to be difficult. One of the suggested reasons is because the Japanese respect cooperation so deeply self-assertion and expressing one’s feelings becomes challenging. We’ll try to…

Bottoms Up! All You Need to Know About Drinking in Japan

Drinking and society The love affair with alcohol has long been the cornerstone of Japanese society. Japan has a fondness for drinking, any time, any day, any hour and the drink of choice, for the most part is beer. 8mada.at.webry.info/ It’s been said that the ancient people of Japan excessively drank, sang, and danced at…

Medieval Samurai Lifestyle: The Way Of The Warrior

Knights in Europe were perceived as the elite class in the Middle Ages. But in the far east there was another kind of warriors that may have been superior in many if not all skills. Depiction of a Samurai in battle. Note the fallen opponent underneath and the spears pointing at him artblart.com/ Let’s take…

Nitama – Japan’s Second Feline Station Master

Wakayama prefecture is located in Kansai region, Honshu. Wakayama Electric Railway Co. runs a service across Wakayama prefecture and back in 2006 it was really struggling. This resulted in many of it’s stations being destaffed, i.e. just ticket machines and no humans there to help. At Kishi Station Toshiki Koyama, who had taken over the…

Japanese Kawaii Fashion: How to Become a Sweet Lolita

Lolita fashion may have caught the attention of every girl locally and internationally, but do you know where it actually originated from? During the 1980s, there was a so-called “doll fashion” in Japan spearheaded by 2 designers from the “Milk” brand. From the name itself, girls wore doll-like clothing and it was even published in…

Konpeito – The Traditional Japanese Candy with Portuguese Roots

These multi-colored and sugary candies are known as konpeito (金平糖). They are a traditional type of sweets in Japan and were introduced by Portuguese traders in the country during the 16th century. The word “konpeito” comes from the Portuguese word “confeito” meaning confection or candy. They come in various colors but are unflavored. They are…

Shirakawago, Gifu: A Quaint Village for Relaxation

Located in Gifu prefecture of Japan is a quaint village known as Shirakawa-go. This is a place hidden away in the mountains, full of luxurious trees and blossoming flowers in spring. It is dominated by gasho-zukuri houses. tokyotimes.com/ This is a very peculiar style of architecture for houses. It is said to have a Minka-style…

Traditional Japanese Dance–Drama Kabuki: Types and Elements

Dancing is an important part of life. Countless people around the world enjoy modern dances and almost all the countries have some traditional styles as well. But have you ever wondered what are the traditional Japanese dances? Myth commons.wikimedia.org/ There is a myth which has been told about the origin of Japanese dances. It all…
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