Why Do Geishas Paint Their Faces With White Makeup?

In Japan, the beautiful and enigmatic Geisha represents one of the most iconic cultural images in the country. They have been around since as early as 600 A.D. where they served as entertainers and companions, but the look we can easily recognize today became prominent in the 17th century. Trained in fine arts such as…

Yakuza: The Mystery Behind the Japanese Mafia

We all have heard of the word “Yakuza” but some only have a faint idea of what it really means. The majority of Japanese people are unaware or scared when asked about this word, which has become a taboo, somehow. So, who are they and why does the Japanese society fear them? jp.fotolia.com/ Organized Crime…

How to Distinguish Japanese People from Korean and Chinese People

Can you tell if a person comes from a specific country just by looking at their initial appearance? Perhaps you look at their hair, their face shape, or their clothes, and you can attempt to make a guess at their country of origin before you hear them speak. Before coming to Japan, I had no…
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Meaning of “Giri Choco”: The Guide to Valentine`s Day and White Day in Japan

It is almost February… time passes by so quickly, isn`t it? In Japan, you can already see how fast things are getting ready for the next exciting event to come: Valentine`s Day; a celebration of romance and love that takes place annually on February 14th in many places around the world. On Valentine`s day, people…

Child Prostitution?!? In Japan?!?!

When it comes to human trafficking, one might usually think of impoverished countries where laws are not enforced and politics are full of corruption. However, many first world countries are in fact important source transportations and destinations when it comes to human trafficking. This can be something that many citizens tends to overlook as they…
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