5 Surprising Japanese Smartphone Habits

Japan, being a tech-savvy nation, boasts a large smartphone user base. There are some things that Japan does in a different way when compared to the rest of the world, but every country on the planet has been hooked onto smartphones with the advent of social media, online news, games, and video sharing. However, the…

Engimono: 11 Popular Japanese Good Luck Charms for Your Home

Luck. That single word has come to define what many individuals, groups, and cultures want. There are expressions to wish good luck upon someone, and phrases that attribute one’s achievements to luck. Essentially, people want good luck, and multiple countries and cultures will regard certain items as charms that will bring good fortune to those…

Japanese Scary Stories: Teke Teke

Every country has multiple ghost stories and scary urban legends. Kids and teenagers, in particular, enjoy sharing these stories when they do things like attending parties, school club events, or school retreats. The practice is so common that we often see scenes from movies or television when kids sit around a campfire and tell scary…

Do You Have the Masukake Line? Here’s What the Japanese Say it Means!

Palmistry is an ancient practice that was present in many civilizations throughout history, from Persia to Babylonia. To this date, many people hold a firm belief in fortune teller, and Japan is not exception. If one strolls places like the areas around Shinjuku Station at night, they will likely several palm readers’ booths. In Japan,…

What is “Kyushoku“? – Ranking the 5 Most Popular Dishes

In Japan, most public elementary and junior high school have Kyushoku, a school lunch provided to all students on every school day. Some schools have their own kitchens and cooks, but most are prepared at Kyshoku centers where cooks and dieticians work, and are immediately delivered to each school to guarantee that meals stay warm.…

5 Surprising English Words that Originated from Japanese

We know that the Japanese have Romaji and multiple literal English translations in their language. Also, there are quite a lot of Japanese loanewords in English such as Bento, Manga, Tsunami, Hentai, Ramen, Soba, Bonsai, Origami, Karate, and Kamikaze. However, there are some English words that do not seem as distinctively Japanese as “Tsunami” or…

5 Easy Ghibli Recipes to Try at Home!

Studio Ghibli’s movie has lots of fantastic dishes, and many fans have been eager to try them. However, while most of the famous dishes like Kiki’s herring pie and Spirited Away’s bizarre food Chihiro’s father ate and many fans have failed to replicate are more difficult to prepare, Ghibli’s movies also have simpler dishes one…

Ohaguro: Why Did the Japanese Dye Their Teeth Black?

The unique practice of ohaguro is a very traditional dyeing process in Japan whereby teeth are dyed black. Of course, this practice has all but died out now, and nowadays people both in Japan and around the world wish for the whitest teeth they can get. Teeth whitening is a normal process and an increasingly…

What Are The Differences Between Yukata and Kimono?

It is very easy to recognize the traditional Japanese clothing of the yukata and kimono when you see one, they are very distinct garments. However, many people will not be aware of the difference between the two. The origin of the Japanese kimono is from the Chinese traditional Han clothing, although an apron was still…