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Enjoy a Very Unique Japanese Dining Experience at This Restaurant in Tokyo!

“Namahage” is a very old tradition in Japan which takes place on New Year’s Eve throughout Akita Prefecture’s Oga Peninsula. During the ritual, demon-like beings are believed to come down to the village from the mountains. They are represented by villagers who dress-up as these demons. This Japanese folklore has been used as the theme…

5 Amazing Winter Snow Festivals to Experience in Northern Tokohu!

Whenever the topic of Japanese festivals (matsuri 祭り) is brought up, the season which usually comes to mind first would be summer when many gather in their yukatas and clogs to visit food stalls selling various delicacies and game stalls offering entertainment for people of all ages. The festivals usually end with fireworks illuminating the…

7 Places in Japan You Must Put on your Bucket List

When you travel to Japan, do not forget to list your destinations. It will save you lots of time and tons of money. The fact that you are prepared will leave no room for mishaps. Venture out by learning the culture first. Here are some of the places you might want to try on your…

Discover the Magic of Northern Japan – Akita!

Have you ever heard of Akita Prefecture? travel.biglobe.ne.jp/ Akita prefecture lies in northern Japan. Akita prefecture’s foods seagreen.co.jp/ Akita prefecture’s rice is very famous in all of Japan, rice brand name is “Akita komachi”. “Akita komachi” is considered to be a top rice brand in Japan. You can buy “Akitakomachi” at supermarkets or at rice…

Emoticons (Emoji) with a hidden Japanese background : part 1

rocketnews24.com/ Nowadays we would not be able to communicate dry virtual messages without smoothing them out with emoticons. Based on smileys they have evolved to our everyday must have tool. Some of them underline emotions, some decorate the overall message and some are a mystery to many. The reason for this is the Japanese cultural…

Yokai – Famous Japanese ghosts, monsters and creatures

nasyoumai.cocolog-nifty.com/ As featured in the first part of this article, there are more monsters that could enter the top 10 ranking. Here are the next 5 (in)famous ones: Relevance article: Yokai – Japanese ghosts, monsters and legendary creatures part 1 Rokurokubi (ろくろ首) upload.wikimedia.org/ A female yokai with an extremely long neck, that can extend even further.…