2016 October

The Real Last Samurai: Saigo Takamori

When I was in high school in the early 2000s, I had a few options of what language to study. Originally, I had wanted to study German because I have a lot of family in Germany. But when I found out that my school did not have a German program, I was slightly disappointed, so…

Fan of Arashi’s Ninomiya? Find Out His Role in This Upcoming 2017 Film!

If you enjoy seeing Arashi(嵐)’s Kazunari Ninomiya (二宮和也) in your favorite movies, then there is exciting news. The well-known member of the highly successful Japanese boy band will be starring as the main character in a new film called Last Recipe – Kirin no Shita no Kioku (ラストレシピ ~麒麟の舌の記憶~), literally “memory of giraffe’s tongue” in…

Take a Look at How Different Towns and Cities Have Developed in Japan

It is very interesting to know how towns and cities have developed over time. Many major cities in Japan started off small – from a ward or a suburb before becoming a metropolitan area. Let’s have a look at the two different ways most of the towns and cities in Japan have been able to…

Treat Your Taste Buds to These 4 Signature Autumn Foods in Japan!

As the lovely autumn descends upon Japan and turns the surroundings into shades of red, orange, and yellow, the summer heat dissipates which in turn boosts our appetite for delicious food. Coupled with the fact that autumn is typically the harvest season for many types of food ingredients, it is probably no wonder that there…

Enjoy Traditional Dance With Modern Music at the 2016 Tokyo Yosakoi Festival

The heat of the summer might have abated at last, but the streets of Tokyo are still searing! In an upcoming festival, yosakoi dance teams from around Japan will take over the Ikebukuro station area and be performing live! Yosakoi is a style of dance that blends traditional elements of Japanese costumes and dance movements…

9 Intriguing and Spooky Japanese Superstitions You Might Not Know Of

Every country and culture have their own superstitions that they learn from birth or from growing up and are part of their identity. For example, in the UK, our superstitions include not stepping on the cracks and not walking under ladders or you’ll get bad luck. Japan has their own superstitions and beliefs, some of…
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