Japanese history

Find Out About These Awesome Japanese Traditional Homes That are Now for Sale!

You must have seen some of the many old, brilliant castles or modern buildings in Japan, and thought about how much you’d like to own one. Well, if you browse the websites of some Japanese real estate firms, you may now see a selection of old, wooden, rusty dwellings located in beautiful locations. These once…

Find Out How to Reserve Your Visit to a Unique Temple and UNESCO Site in Kyoto!

Kyoto is famous for many things, especially its beautiful temples. One of them, the Saiho-ji Temple (also known as ‘Moss temple’ or ‘Koke-dera’) is exceptional because you won’t actually find this kind of Zen temple anywhere else. There is a marvelous garden inside Saiho-ji, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a site of heritage…

5 Awesome Things To Do In The ’Hideout Islands’ Of Goto In Nagasaki Prefecture

The Goto Islands are a collection of five large islands and a number of small islets belonging to the Nagasaki Prefecture in Western Japan. They have served as an important stopover along the trade route between China and Japan in the East China Sea. You should visit Goto for its awesome beaches, warm weather, amazing…

Come to See a Magical Light that Appears From a Famous Temple in Kyoto this Autumn

There are a countless number of shrines and temples in Japan, and each has its own history and significance. The Kiyomizu Temple (Kiyomizu-Dera) is a landmark temple in Kyoto that you may already know of. It attracts thousands of locals and tourists due to its spectacular location, history, and sense of grandiosity! One interesting thing…

Impress Your Peers With This Unique Japanese Personal Stamp!

In Japan, it is a traditional practice to use “han,” “hanko,” or “inkan” instead of using personal signatures when signing, accepting, and acknowledging documents. Almost every individual in the country has one. These are stamps which are used for different situations such as serious contractual matters. The usual stamps carried by people are plain black,…

Did You Know That Japan Had Its Own Nuclear Weapons Program?

Many years ago, I attended an anti-nuclear assembly in Wakayama, Japan. This was in about 2007 or 2008, well before the March 11, 2011 earthquake that would shut down the country’s entire nuclear power program. The speaker was very much against nuclear power and nuclear development of any kind. Her speech was rather self-congratulatory as…

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…

Attack on Titan, A Silent Voice and More in This Week’s Hot 10 Articles!

Hi, readers! This is the Japan Info staff. We wanted to say thank you for always reading our articles and we’ve got a way for you to enjoy them more! Out of all the posts that have been published over the last week (September 19th to 25th) on Japan Info and/or on Facebook, we are…

Who Was “Tokyo Rose” of the WWII Radio Program for American Soldiers?

In the dark days of the Pacific War during the epic struggle of civilizations that was WWII, many American sailors and Marines would turn on their radios to listen to the dulcet tones of a program they were not allowed to listen to called “Zero Hour (ゼロ・アワー)”. This blacklisted station would play all of the…
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