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Record Number of Tourists Visit Japan

At this point it shouldn’t be a surprise to know that the number of tourists visiting Japan has been increasing. In fact, each year has seen a new record, and 2019 is no different. The number during the first half of the year: 16.63 million. That’s a 4.6 percent increase from 2018. Additionally, the Japan…

East Asian Mythology: SHISA of Okinawa-the Stone Guardians of Japan

Off the shores of Kyushu (the third largest island of Japan), there are a number of volcanic islands flowing south-west towards Taiwan. These are named the Ryukyu Islands, also known as the Nansei Islands. In the center of this volcanic island chain is where Okinawa, the biggest of the Ryukyu Islands, can be located. It…

Be Transported to China With This Stunning Garden in Okinawa

Japan has a well-deserved reputation for beautiful gardens and many of its cities have at least one picturesque garden. Visitors to Okinawa often flock to Shikinaen, the former residence of the Ryukyu Kings and one of Okinawa’s World Heritage Sites. While Shikinaen is undoubtedly worth visiting, it is not Okinawa’s only noteworthy garden. In fact,…

Take A Walk Through Tenkaen: the Abandoned China Theme Park in Hokkaido

It is no secret that Japan and China have had a rather complicated relationship for a long time. In order to honor the relationship between the two countries that each had been working to make better for 20 years, China gave a gift to Japan in the form of a China-styled theme park known as…

What are the Different Names of Japan?

There are many names of Japan in different languages. The name “Japan” is a relatively new name which has become popular in the West. It has evolved from the name “Iapam” which it was named by the Portuguese missionaries in the early 17th century. The French call it “Japon”. Nihon and Nippon jp.fotolia.com/ The Japanese…

Prince Shotoku: the Legend, the Leader, the Man

Who Was Prince Shotoku When people refer to Japan as a Buddhist nation, this man is being remembered in a small way. Prince Shotoku was regent (interim ruler) appointed by Empress Suiko in 593. He is also known as Prince Umayado, or Prince Kamitsumiya. He is known and revered for promulgating Buddhism in Japan. He…

Similarities and Differences between Japan and China

If you are a TEFL teacher living and working in Japan, chances are that this is not your first teaching position. In days gone by, travellers could make money as language teachers without any qualifications or teaching experience on their CV. These days it’s a different story – a TEFL teacher’s first position will often…