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Christmas in Japan: 4 things to love if you`re celebrating it here!

If you are in Japan throughout November or December, it will become obvious to you that Christmas is definitely celebrated here. Department stores and shopping arcades are lined with decorations, parks are lit up with lights and Christmas carols seem to be playing everywhere. Christmas in Japan, however, is not quite the same as Christmas…

10 Surprising Facts about Japanese Schools. Daily life as a student in Japan

Japan is the land of many surprises. A lot of people describe the country as “different to what they’re used to” and many unique cultures and customs make it a fascinating country to visit. With the third largest economy in the world and with one of the lowest crime rates, Japan is well known for…

JENESYS 2.0: How to be a Japanese Cultural Ambassador?

As a goodwill ambassador appointed for JENESYS 2.0 last September 2013, I was tasked to spread Japanese culture in my own country through my very own ways. As soon as I found out that the Japan embassy in the Philippines is looking for candidates for JENESYS 2.0, I immediately sent out my application. I presented…

East Asian Mythology: SHISA of Okinawa-the Stone Guardians of Japan

Off the shores of Kyushu (the third largest island of Japan), there are a number of volcanic islands flowing south-west towards Taiwan. These are named the Ryukyu Islands, also known as the Nansei Islands. In the center of this volcanic island chain is where Okinawa, the biggest of the Ryukyu Islands, can be located. It…

Why Do People Go to Karaoke Alone in Japan?

Karaoke directly translated means ’empty orchestra’. It is one of the favorite pastimes of the people in the land of the rising sun. Karaoke Boxes (private rooms which you can rent) and Karaoke bars can be found all over Japan, often as part of an evening of drinking with friends. It can be enjoyed at…

Find Out About the Fascinating Kyushu National Museum!

Are you serious about learning about Japanese culture? Going to national museums in the country is one of the best ways to fully understand the formation of Japanese culture within Asian history. You won’t go wrong if you head to the latest national museum in the country which was founded in 2005. Kyushu National Museum…

Do You Know These 5 Important Animals in Japanese Culture and Their Symbolism?

Myths and legends are common things in Japan. From city origins to shrine deities, the country has rich stories for how things came about, where they are from, and what they mean for modern Japan. Animals are no exception. In fact, they are highly revered by the Japanese, to the point that they build shrines…

4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Manga Cafe in Japan!

Public WIFI and mobile personal hotspots may be widely accessible across Japan, but if you’re looking for a strong internet connection with a variety of snacks, plus a comfortable and private place to stay, Manga Kissa (manga cafes) are increasingly becoming a popular and affordable choice! Regardless of whether you are staying in Tokyo or…

Who Are These ‘History Girls’ From Japan and What Are Their Interests?

Japan has many subcultures that really make you wonder how different it is from the rest of the world. When it comes to gender-specific cliques, there are a few such as “Reki-jo,” also known as “History Girls,” that have become very popular in the past few decades. Reki-jo is a group of women who show…
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