By Natsumi

Japanese Funerals: A Traditional Perspective

When I lost one of my foreign friends, I was surprised because her funeral was organised two weeks after her passing. We don’t wait that long in Japan. Today I would like to give a brief introduction to Japanese funerals. However, please bear in mind that some areas have their own unique style and culture…

Sumo is More Than Just a Sports Match

Many foreign people probably have heard about Sumo. It’s a traditional Japanese sport. Sumo wrestlers wear Fundoshi(Male G-strings). Today, I will pick out some tips that will help you to enjoy Sumo more than you otherwise would. There are ranks even for judges <行司>本日から4日間かけ、45人の行司を紹介します。立行司36代木村庄之助(井筒)。11日(土)のTBS「ジョブチューン」に出演します。#sumo pic.twitter.com/UF8Re81bwG — 日本相撲協会公式 (@sumokyokai) May 3, 2013 There are 8 ranks…

What a Cheap and Yummy Japanese Snack!

Many Japanese people grow up eating Dagashi. Dagashi (駄菓子) is unlike Wagashi, Let me explain why. Wagashi is very formal sweets which often accompanies afternoon tea. On the other hand, Dagashi is usually eaten by children and is seen as a casual snack. Therefor they are extremely cheap, usually between 10 and 50 yen. Why…

Such a beautiful waterfalls in Japan.

You might not have an image of Japanese waterfalls in your mind. However we have many beautiful waterfalls all over Japan. Today, I’m pick out some of waterfalls which I recommended visiting. Many Japanese people say we can bask in “Mainasu ion” which means negative ions. In Japan we think these negative ions are great…

Kyushu is not very famous. However, we highly recommend visiting to there!!

Have you been to the island of Kyushu(九州)? It is the 3rd largest island after the main island and Hokkaido. Many tourists go to Tokyo and Kyoto or around those cities. Kyushu is not very famous for overseas people as a tourist destination. However, I highly recommend visiting to Kyushu strongly when you come to…