2015 October

6 Must-Watch Sports Anime Series

Ever considered watching a sports-inspired anime, but can’t just get yourself to sit down and start viewing an episode? If so, then you are on the right page. Here is a short list of must-watch shows perfect for those who don’t have much background in this anime genre. Let’s start off with: Slam Dunk (Basketball)…

3 Sweet Souvenirs from Hokkaido

After all the touring, eating and outdoor activities in Hokkaido, you’ll definitely need some souvenirs to purchase before heading home. There are so many essential sites and happenings such as the snow festival which makes it a perfect place for tourists to travel to. It is also a great opportunity for souvenir shops to sell…

2 Types of Japanese Markers to Bring Out Your Inner Artist

Japanese markers are the bomb! Try a few out, and you will agree. Of course, you can get a variety of brands anywhere from 100 yen shops to high-end stationary shops. However, the basic brands used by Japanese children and adults alike will bring you joy and relaxation! Here are the 2 major brands, both…

Izumo Taisha: A Beautiful Shrine off the Beaten Path

Izumo-taisha (出雲大社) is one of the oldest and most important shrines in Japan and definitely one you should visit. It receives fewer international visitors in comparison to landmarks in Tokyo and Kyoto, but this shrine is definitely worth the trip. Author’s photo How to Get There Author’s photo Izumo-taisha is located in Izumo, Shimane, and…

Let’s Be Aware of Engrish in Japan: 4 Most Common Mistakes

In the age of spell check and google, you would think English signs and information would be all correct. After all, a quick internet search or check in an electronic dictionary would save countless people and businesses from embarrassment. Sadly, mistakes still commonly occur, often after the mistake in question has gone to print, or…

Japanese Dramas: What is a Taiga Drama?

Taiga dramas (大河ドラマ) are also known as Big River dramas. The name was given by NHK, the local Japanese broadcast station, and refers to the annual, year-long dramas which are seen as the most significant dramas in Japan since 1963. Taiga dramas are based on historical fiction and are broadcasted every week on Sunday 8pm.…

Karakami: 10 Centuries of Paper Art in Japan

Paper (kami) is a great example of how a simple material is used in showcasing Japan’s outstanding aesthetic sense. Besides origami (paper folding) and kirigami (paper cutting), there is one Japanese paper art form that has survived the ravages of time for ten centuries and continues to flourish today: karakami. culturalnews.com/ A Closer Look at…

Cemeteries in Japan: How do the Japanese Honor Their Ancestors?

Have you ever wondered what happens in Japan when people visit a cemetery? Every country in the world has different customs surrounding death and the honouring of ancestors, so it is no wonder that Japan also has its own rituals and customs when visiting the graves of relatives and other loved ones. thesoulofjapan.blogspot.com/ Going to…

Where to Go During Autumn in Arashiyama (Kyoto)

Autumn has just arrived, and you may think that going sightseeing in Japan at this moment will be all about admiring the beautiful landscape, right? But it is not. Besides the gorgeous coloured leaves, you can also enjoy the gentle weather of the season and do interesting (outdoor) activities. West of Kyoto there is one…
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