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Hiraizumi

Hiraizumi : Pure Land Buddhism and Tohoku Pride

“夏草や 兵どもが 夢の跡”(`Natsukusa ya tsuhamonodomo ga yume no ato`) – “Grasses in summer, the warriors’ dreams… all that is left”. This poem, written by Master haikuist Matsuo Bashō after he visited the ancient temple complex of Hiraizumi, is one of the most famous in Japan. Located in Iwate on the banks of the Kitakami-gawa, these simple words…

Go on a Trip Around the World in One Day at This Open-Air Museum in Aichi!

Japan used to be a closed society for 300 years. People in the past were forbidden to learn about other country’s culture. Later on, it became open to the rest of the world and Japan started displaying an undiscriminating love for all things foreign. Such is the case for the Little World Museum of Man,…

Bring Yourself Good Luck With Sekihan, a Traditional and Auspicious Japanese Dish!

While in Japan, you are bound to come across many types of dishes which feature rice along with vegetables, meat or seafood. From the dizzying array of bentos sold at restaurants, shops and train stations to the suite of donburi offerings including oyako-don, yakiniku-don, hitsumabushi, and more, Japan is a country where you will have…

Why Internet Addiction is Becoming an Everyday Reality in Japan Today

The increasing popularity of smartphones these days has led to the growing rate of internet addiction across the globe, and now also in Japan. This is happening particularly among youngsters and is becoming a major social problem in the country. coolsmartphone.com/ There are various kinds of internet addiction that include internet games, bonding addiction (e.g.…

Travel Through Japanese History at 3 Imperial Museums

Over the years, Japan has been very successful in safeguarding its historical lineage. In fact, the country has 5,614 museums which are home to a growing collection of important Japanese cultural treasures. So, if you are planning to take a tour into some of these museums, make sure not to miss the National Imperial Museum…

How to Use an Onsen Without Getting a Headache

For foreigners living in Japan, the appeal of visiting an onsen (hot spring) is high. Not only is it a fun cultural experience that many foreigners will not have tried in their home countries, but there are also several health benefits of visiting an onsen, such as stress relief, the relieving of muscle pains and…

Japanese unstaffed stores: take what you want, and pay what you owe!

Have you seen some unstaffed stores in Japan? Have you ever wondered why Japanese people made such stores? Have you tried buying from those stores? How was your experience? Did you pay the correct amount? Mujin Hanbai or Self-Serve Store pingmag.jp/ The Japanese people are so honest and trustworthy that they made unstaffed stores in…

Why did you come to Japan?

About this question “Why did you come to Japan?”, a question often asked to foreigners in Japan, is actually a famous Japanese television program. This television reality program also known as “Yū wa Nani Shi ni Nippon e?”(YOUは何しに日本へ) is presented by two famous personalities in Japan, Osamu Shitara and Yuki Himura, the comedy duo called…

Tips: Muslim’s Guide to Dining in Japan

Japan’s boom in tourism has led people from all over the globe to come and enjoy the wonderful sights and entertainments Japan has to offer. The rise in tourism has encouraged people from all ethnic group and culture to visit the country. However, Japan has only just begun learning about Islam, making Halal restaurants still…
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