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Everything You Know About the Samurai Is Wrong?

Many years ago, in high school, I was a total otaku. I loved JRPGs, anime, and most of all samurai. I have always loved the idea of a lonely warrior who can match wits as well as blades. So, naturally I fell in love with anime such as the classic Ruroni Kenshin series, and when…

Scary Japanese Monsters: The Demon Hag

It is safe to say that every culture has its own scary monsters. The stories and legends revolving around these beings can tell you a lot about the culture and the people of the place where the story is based. The list of scary monsters from Japanese folklore – so-called “yokai” – is long and…

3 Need-to-Know Myths About Japanese Wagyu Beef

The popularity of wagyu beef continues to spread all over the world. However, some people still remain skeptical about eating it because of the popular myths that have been circulating about wagyu beef. But before you believe any of these wagyu beef myths, these are the facts that you need to know about the product.…

Scary Japanese Monsters: The Snow Woman

It is safe to say that every culture has its own scary monsters. The stories and legends revolving around these beings can tell you a lot about the culture and the people of the place where the story is based. The list of scary monsters from Japanese folklore – so-called “yōkai” – is long and…

Traditional Japanese Dance–Drama Kabuki: Types and Elements

Dancing is an important part of life. Countless people around the world enjoy modern dances and almost all the countries have some traditional styles as well. But have you ever wondered what are the traditional Japanese dances? Myth commons.wikimedia.org/ There is a myth which has been told about the origin of Japanese dances. It all…

Japanese Scary Stories: The Killer Poem

Are you afraid of the dark? Every culture has ghost stories and scary urban legends. Scary urban legends and ghost stories can shed a lot of light on the culture of the place and the people where the story is based. This is the seventh and final in a series of articles based on Japanese…

The oldest and most historical Onsen in Japan!

How many hot springs (Onsen) have you been to? I want to recommend for you the oldest and the most historical hot spring in Ehime Prefecture! Dogo Onsen (道後温泉) johnharveyphoto.com/ Dogo Onsen has over 3000-year history. It is located in Matsuyama City. It was first written in Nihon-shoki, the Japanese second oldest historical book. There…

Fact or Fallacy? Misconceptions about Japan

It takes time and guts for someone to learn the culture of another country. You might experience culture shock in the midst of your learning because some of the traditions and customs sound so bizarre. Confused, being a newbie may lead to misconceptions. Growing up in a familiar nature, I never thought any of these…

4 Common Myths and Misconceptions About Japan

My colleagues often ask me things about Japan, some of the questions are insightful, but some contain some misconceptions about the land of the rising sun. I will go through some of the things I have been asked and show how Japan is much more surprising than many people think! 1. In Japan, they only…