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Ganbare at Undoukai: A peek at a Sports Day Festival in Japanese Schools

In kindergartens, elementary schools and junior high schools in Japan, Sports Festival or Undokai(運動会) in Japanese, is usually held on Saturdays or Sundays in spring (May-June) or autumn (September-October). Students and teachers do a lot of preparation for this school-based community-wide event and spend several weeks practicing to make it a successful and fun day…

Japanese Fashion: 2019 Spring’s Men Fashion Trends in Japan- Outfits and Inspiration!

Many people think that the way Japanese men dress is full of personality and style, and that they really understand the philosophy of dressing well. From hairstyling and accessorizing, to mixing and matching colors, they seem to have good fashion sense. Japanese men’s great taste in fashion can even be compared with Japanese women’s. When…

The Real Truth Nobody Ever Told You About the Attack on Pearl Harbor

All of us know the story of Pearl Harbor. America was isolationist and wanted nothing to do with the World War II that was raging in Europe. Japan and Germany were working hand in hand to spread throughout their respective spheres of influence. A small part of the Japanese government, knowing that America was their…

Onitsuka Tiger: Japan’s Legendary Footwear

The prevalence of shoe companies in Japan is visible. One of these outstanding companies is called Onitsuka Tiger. It started with the founder’s hope of raising post-war youth’s self-esteem through sports. He believed they needed a healthier and more positive lifestyle with a new sense of community, optimism and awareness. How the Company Started View…

Why foreigners in Japan are creepy but it is OK!

Japan – with all its facets – is a mysterious and very exotic country. Foreigners get either to love it or stay forever puzzled. And those who stay longer here surpass a queer metamorphosis. They become extremely strange and will never be able to recover, me included. jp.fotolia.com/ Japanese who stay abroad and come back…

Furoshiki Shoes: Wrappable, Comfortable and fashionable!!

Like many other things in Japan, ‘furoshiki’(風呂敷) has survived many centuries. Literally translated meaning ‘bath cloth’, it almost went forgotten after WW2. jp.fotolia.com/ Since the convenient bag/wrapping/decoration cloth got mostly replaced by plastic bags, it only experienced a revival in the new millennium with Japanese artists modernising it and trying to get back to old…
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3 Culinary Delights to Try in the Old Capital Kyoto

Kyoto is a historical city with a rich history, surrounded by vast gardens and nature. It is one of the most well-preserved cities in Japan, and it is also known for its abundance of delicious Japanese cuisine. As a city away from the sea, Kyoto contains a variety of culinary delights peculiar to the place.…

Why Are Some Japanese Renting Lovers, Friends, and Family Members?

Your love life is nonexistent. After moving to Tokyo to focus on your career, your office has become your home and your social interactions have plummeted to levels you had never imagined. After devoting most of your day to all the tasks your boss gives you, you get home so late you don’t have time…