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Learn All About Japanese Schoolgirls With This Great Book!

One of Japans most recognizable icons is the schoolgirl. The sailor-style uniforms are ubiquitous across the country and are found all over many anime films, manga books, and video games. But for those of you who want to know more, this book delves into the cool and surprising world of the Japanese schoolgirl! What’s It…

Jinbocho: Time to Chill With a Good Book in Tokyo

Book lovers in Tokyo would go to Tsutaya bookstores or department stores that can easily be found throughout Tokyo. Book aficionados, on the other hand, would head to Jinbocho, situated at a central location only a short train ride away from Tokyo station. Lined with old bookstores that have been around for decades, Jinbocho is…

Takeo Arishima: the Great Socialist Writer with a Tumultuous Life

In the Taisho period (early 20th century) there was a famous writer who went by the name of Takeo Arishima. Besides being a writer, he was also known for dividing his land amongst peasants and allowing them to farm and make a good living without requiring them to pay any rent. This beloved man now…

Read Marie Kondo’s Follow-Up Book and ”Spark Joy” With Your Tidy Home

Marie Kondo with her international bestseller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” has sparked a cleaning revolution across the world. In essence, it boils down to taking all of your belongings – every single thing, putting them in a pile, and going through each one. By assessing whether or not each one “sparks joy” and…

See Classic Stories in a Beautiful Forest Setting at Karuizawa Picture Book Museum

Karuizawa is located at the foot of a mountain with a very cool summer climate perfect for relaxation. It has lush natural surroundings with abundant forests and gardens. Nestled in this area is the Karuizawa Picture Book Museum. It was built by A.C. Shaw, a Scottish missionary. Let’s get to know a little bit about…

9 Must-Read Contemporary Japanese Novels

Japan has what some people claim to be a unique culture. The country has a long and great history and traditions that have stood the test of time. Not only that, but many subcultures are quite unique in Japan, too, attracting a lot of attention from other countries. These include movies, music, and even typical…

Meet 3 of Japan’s Most Celebrated Contemporary Writers

Japanese literature is indeed prolific in literary traditions spanning two millennia of writing. Some of Japan’s post-world war writers are Nobel Prize laureates for literature, i.e. Yasunari Kawabata (1968) and Kenzaburo Oe (1994). lamesilladenoche.blogspot.com/ One of the most celebrated female novelists in Japan is Lady Murasaki, author of the most important literary treasures of the…

Working in Japan: How to Brush Up on your Business Manners

Working in a Japanese company, especially in Japan, can be a challenge not only to foreigners but also to nationals given that in the Japanese Corporate Culture exist certain “business etiquettes” must be taken into consideration at all times. Because of this, it is advisable to get knowledgeable in the corporate culture and mannerisms of…

Book and Bed Tokyo: A Bookworm’s Paradise in the City

So, you are a book lover. People have always called you a bookworm. And you like to travel too. Why not we combine both elements into one? Why, you ask? Because a newly launched book-themed hotel in Tokyo is just the place for your next visit to Japan! Aren’t you getting excited? Let’s have a…

2 Survival Phrase Books Every Beginner Needs

There are many books about learning the Japanese language for people with different levels of fluency. If you are a complete beginner and first-time visitor, you might want to have a survival book in hand. By memorizing a few basic survival phrases, you’ll find your trip to Japan becomes a bit easier and more comfortable.…