Japanese culture

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Ranma ½ With This Unique Merchandise!

The gender-bender theme has been used so many times, especially in the genre of romantic comedy. The recent success of Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name represents the continuing popularity of this theme. One of the most famous gender-bender series back in the early 1990’s is Ranma ½ (Ranma Nibun-no-Ichi) . Serialized in 1987, this shonen manga…

Visiting Japan Soon? Here are 4 Unique Aspects of the Country to Keep in Mind

For a foreign tourist arriving in Japan, it can be quite a culture shock at first. Western tourists, in particular, may find they must adapt quite a lot to the local lifestyle. Many of the unique customs of Japan are very well known across the world, and no doubt the prepared tourist will know a…

Celebrate Japanese Bathhouse Culture With This Silent Disco Event in Tokyo!

Have you ever seen a sento (銭湯), or public bathhouse before? Sentos used to be common among people who lived in small housing facilities that didn’t have private baths. Recently, the number of sentos has been decreasing as most Japanese residences already have bathrooms and shower rooms. Public bathhouses, therefore, are often either shut down…

Experience Japanese Art and Culture Through This Limited Event at The Westin Tokyo

There are many different ways of introducing Japanese art and culture to people around the world. If you’re a tourist in Japan, you may opt to attend different festivals or events where you can immerse yourself in real Japanese activities. One place where you could do this is The Westin Tokyo (ウェスティン東京), a part of…

Catch a Unique Kabuki Performance in Nagoya and Osaka This August 2017

Kabuki (歌舞伎) is a popular form of cultural entertainment in Japan. It originated as an entertainment for the common people and was oftentimes considered racy and taboo but later on became a formal style of drama. However, it poses a problem for those who do not understand old Japanese culture or language. As a result,…

Join and Visit These 5 Tours and Museums to Learn More About Japan

Exploring the outdoors in Japan may not always be the best option to learn about the country’s culture and history, especially when it is scorching hot or when it’s freezing cold. Fortunately, there are indoor observation tours that’ll keep you entertained with the comfort of the right room temperature. These tours will help you learn…

“Oishii! Umai!” Are Japanese People Obsessed With Food?

If you have ever spent any time watching Japanese TV, you will notice that 90 percent of it is dedicated to food. Food TV shows, cooking shows, comedians reacting to delicious food, comedians reacting to disgusting food, comedians touring their favorite eating places, etc., etc., etc… Why? Are Japanese people obsessed with food? Food is…

What Do the Japanese Think About People Sleeping on the Train in Japan?

I have been teaching English in one of Osaka’s most prestigious high schools. Despite it being one of the best high schools in the prefecture, I noticed a big problem in one of my classes – I would enter the classroom and 20 to 30 percent of my students are sleeping, and would stay asleep…

Check Out 7 of the Best Podcasts to Learn All About Japan the Fun and Easy Way!

I think that podcasts are one of the best ways to learn new things about virtually anything. There are thousands of podcasts available in nearly every language and there are a plethora of podcasts available to teach you more about Japanese history, culture and the language. Here are a few of my favorites. Language 1.…
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