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Hatsuyume and What Does it Mean: Sweet Dreams the New Year

Thereare a lot of firsts that are important to Japanese people in the new year – the first visit to a shrine, the first sunrise, and even the first dream! Hatsuyume (初夢) literally means the first dream of the New Year. It is traditionally believed it foretells the kind of year and luck you will…

Top 6 Japanese Christmas Songs to Add to Your Christmas Music Playlist

Christmas is coming soon, so what are the songs in your Christmas playlist? Are they the same as last year and the years before? Aren’t you bored of listening to the same Christmas songs every year? Why not try listening to Japanese Christmas songs for a change? These Japanese classics have a different sound, and…

Fan of Arashi’s Ninomiya? Did you know he’s Getting Married?!

The well-known member of the highly successful Japanese boy band Arashi(嵐), Kazunari Ninomiya, is the first one in the band to officially get married! The happy news are legit, as it was announced by Arashi’s managing agency yesterday (November 12th, 2019). View this post on Instagram A post shared by 桜島ビジターセンター【公式】 (@sakurajima_visitorcenter) on Nov 12,…

Lexus Releases a Luxury Randoseru School Bag and More!

Randoseru is the iconic Japanese school bag which can often be seen sported by elementary school children. The bags are sturdy and large, and they are used to store books and stationery to bring to school. You may even see them sported in comic books such as Doraemon. Just recently, Lexus released this new and…

3 Yummiest Japanese Strawberry Types – From Albinos to Giants

Japan produces many premium variants of strawberries such as the white strawberries, Aiberry and Skyberry. As of March 2015, there are now about 253 luxury variants of strawberries in Japan! 1. Hatsukoi no Kaori View this post on Instagram White strawberry♡ I will have this every spring in Japan but this year I don't get…

Konnyaku: A Healthy, Low-Calorie Treat

The konnyaku (konjac) plant is also known as the Devil’s Tongue plant. Konnyaku is made from the core of this plant. Even though it is barely eaten in the West, it has been eaten for about 1500 years in Japan. Not too surprising, as it is proven to be beneficial to your health and although…

Why Do Geishas Paint Their Faces With White Makeup?

In Japan, the beautiful and enigmatic Geisha represents one of the most iconic cultural images in the country. They have been around since as early as 600 A.D. where they served as entertainers and companions, but the look we can easily recognize today became prominent in the 17th century. Trained in fine arts such as…
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The Game Sugoroku: New Year’s Japanese Board Games

Sugoroku is a Japanese board game which has become a tradition for kids to play during the New Year’s Day. Usually children’s magazines would include additions to the game in their January issues. The history of Sugoroku can be traced back to the 12th century. In the 17th century, e-sugoroku (“e” meaning picture) which is…

Lose yourself in this breathtaking digital art museum by teamLab!

When it comes to fancy schmancy digital art museums, teamLab is taking the cake. If you have seen photos of stunning pictures similar to the ones below, then most likely it is one of the works of teamLab. The group has been making waves in this past couple of years with their prominent exhibitions in…