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3 Films About Cherry Blossoms You Cannot Miss This Hanami Season

Japan’s cherry blossom season is a spring of inspiration for film-makers around the world, who capture and interpret this beautiful time of the year in their own style and language. The essence of cherry blossoms is beautifully presented in these 3 films – a documentary on endurance and survival, an animated tale of fleeting joy…
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Japanese Going Crazy about Mickey Mouse joining cast of Avengers: Endgame!

Mickey Mouse will be part of the Avengers: Endgame, the most-awaited Marvel movie and also Disneyland will become an onsen(hot spring)?! Oh, wait ! There’s more to it! The Japanese brand Seiko is releasing a Senbei (rice cracker) wrist watch and Kirby will be square from now on?! You might’ve guessed already…but if you’ve clicked…

Why Won’t Japanese Sit Next to Foreigners?

Picture this. It’s 8 AM and you are taking the Tozai Line to work. The train is packed. Absolutely packed. People are so close to each other they could morph and become a new creature. For some, having someone glued to their bodies like that represents a level of intimacy that is often reserved to…

Dogo Onsen Honkan Exhibition: Reborn like a phoenix from the Ashes

One of the most noticeable events at the end of this March is the exhibition of a famous onsen spot called Dogo Onsen Honkan in Ehime Prefecture, Matsuyama City. This exhibition is held on the upper floor of the luxury shopping center Ginza Mitsukoshi, from March 27th to March 31st. Author’s photo   Representing for…
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Matcha, the answer to life’s busy times

Otemae, the practice of matcha (tea) making, is an art shrouded in history. Associated closely with Japanese Tea Ceremony (Sado 茶道), it continues to intrigue both Japanese and foreigners alike. In a tea ceremony, matcha is the liquid “bridge” that binds guest and host. Combined with the equipment chosen, the Qi (chi energy 気) of…

What Do You Know About ‘Tengu’? A Legendary Japanese Creature

The Japanese word “Tengu” comes from the two words, “tian” and “gou,” which translates to “heaven” and “dog,” respectively, thus the name “heavenly dog.” Found in old Japanese folktales, Tengu are considered as a type of god in the Shinto religion but are mostly only thought of as supernatural creatures. Let’s find out more about…

Everything You Need To Know About Traditional Japanese Houses!

Everything in Japan becomes more interesting when we observe it and come to know the details. The traditional Japanese houses are really interesting in construction and look very beautiful. The construction and architecture of these houses surely provide an environment in which life is very much linked to the nature. There are a lot of…

5 Differences Between Yukatas and Kimonos You Didn’t Know About

It is very easy to recognise 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…

New Standardized Symbols To Help Foreigners Understand Toilets In Time For The Olympics

The 2020 Summer Olympics event is fast approaching in Japan, and a huge influx of foreigners is expected as the event draws near. Some major problems that visitors may face in visiting the country include the language barrier and cultural differences. Another factor is the use of toilets. Toilets in Japan are generally more elaborate…