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Visit These 6 Beautiful National Parks in Hokkaido

While Japan has become popularly known as the birthplace of anime, the newest techie gadgets, humanoid robots and so on, there is a different side to Japan that is not so well known but should be! Japan is home to some very beautiful national parks that can offer tranquility and serenity to those who wish…

Kominato Akihisa: a Bridge Between Traditional and Modern Music

Born into a family of master musicians in Fukushima Prefecture, the still young Kominato Akihisa (小湊昭尚) is determined to keep the tradition of playing the shakuhachi, a type of bamboo flute, alive. But like with so many traditional ways and instruments, interest in playing this instrument is diminishing fast in modern Japan. Meet Kominato Akihisa,…

Black, White and Red: The 3 Colors of Beauty in Japan

Today, makeup is considered as a vital component in the aspect of grooming. Many women and some men painstakingly take the time and effort to apply makeup daily, in the name of beauty. In Japan, the beauty of the country’s prominent classic entertainers such as the maikos (geisha in training), geishas, and kabuki actors is…

Why is Having White Skin Considered Beautiful in Japan?

“Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all.” That’s the famous line in Disney’s animated series called Snow White. Indeed, the desire for beauty is reflected not only in high art but in popular culture as well. In Japan, beauty has been linked to a light skin tone. Hence, there is…

Ambulance Services in Japan: History and How They Work Now

Recently, there has been a sharp rise in ambulance calls in Japan. For the last 10 years, studies show that ambulance dispatches have increased by 20% which accounts to more than 16,000 dispatches per day all over the country. Such increase in ambulance dispatch has been due in part to the increasing statistics of heatstroke…

Shakuhachi: The Sacred Japanese Bamboo Flute

Generation Y of modern Japan may find the traditional shakuhachi bamboo flute an old-fashioned instrument. In fact, there is a dwindling number of people that are interested in learning how to play the instrument these days. But before this musical instrument gained popularity among people in the past generations, Zen priests used this instrument as…

2 of Japan’s Mythological Creatures and Their Real Counterparts

While blood-drinking bats have been incorporated in the tales of Transylvania’s Dracula, in Japan there are also some real animals that have become the central part of their mythology. Baku and Tapirs   hyakumonogatari.com/ The history of baku originates from China as a creature with the trunk of an elephant, the eyes of a rhinocerous,…

Learn of Each of the Four Seasons’ Meanings through Japanese Festivals

Japan has a special affinity for traditional festivals (matsuri) as evidenced by the 100,000 – 300,000 festivals recorded by matsuri enthusiasts in the country. Many of these festivals are closely linked to a particular season of the year that depict a central theme, i.e. harvest and spring, warding off evil spirits and summer, thanksgiving and…

The Ancient Science Behind Hot Spring Therapy

Isshukan hitomeguri (one week visit) is a phrase widely used in Japan as a therapeutic bathing in hot springs for a healthy mind and body. In short, it is the basic unit and time-frame given to someone who wishes to engage in a hot spring therapy and this practice was established some 400-500 years ago…

What Hot Springs are the Best for Your Health?

The affair of the Japanese with hot springs is perhaps best shown in the Japanese movie Thermae Romae. In fact, the country is home to more than ten thousand hot springs (onsen) lying along volcanic belts.   blogertize.wordpress.com/ Recently, there is a growing interest in including hot spring therapy into prevention of ageing and lifestyle…