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A Brief Introduction to Japan’s Largest Ancient Burial Mound: Daisen Kofun

A kofun is an ancient grave constructed by emperors and wealthy elites during the early 3rd century in Japan. They actually resemble the Egyptian Pyramids in size yet they are unknown to many people around the world. One eye-catching feature is the key-hole shape of the burial mounds which make it unique to ancient Japan.…

The August Coup: A Plot to Kidnap the Emperor

Bearing the Unbearable The Kyujo Incident was a little-known conspiracy on August 14 and 15th, hours before the announcement of the end of the war, that attempted to place the Emperor under house arrest, assassinate officials, and continue the war. If it had succeeded Japan as we know it would not exist. The evening of…

The Peaceful Meiji Jingu Shrine in the Heart of Tokyo

History Meiji Jingu is a Shinto shrine in Tokyo honouring the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken. Their tombs are not here in Tokyo however this shrine was built in 1920 to honour their legacy, and 100,000 trees were planted around the shrine in their memory. Meiji Jingu is a stunning shrine to visit and…

Can You Imagine the Life of an Emperor?

I have always been fascinated with how other people live. I watch lifestyles of the rich and famous and look at the “cribs” of the athletes and mansions of actors and rock stars. I imagine the kind of life they have. What about the life of an Emperor? Can you imagine living not in a…

Unusual Holidays in Japan!

todayifoundout.com New Year, Valentines Day and Christmas are celebrated in one form or another pretty much all over the world. But what holidays and observances are special to Japan, and what do they represent? Hinamatsuri(雛祭り) – Dolls Day / Girls Day galleryhip.com Celebrated on March 3rd, a platform of several tiers adored in a red…

Learn about the oldest ongoing hereditary monarchy in the world!!

It is extremely important to learn about the culture before and when you come to Japan. This topic is about the Imperial family in Japan which is highly recommended to know about at least a little bit. The Imperial family is very important because it has been a part of Japan for hundreds of years.…