Japanese culture

JENESYS 2.0: How to be a Japanese Cultural Ambassador?

As a goodwill ambassador appointed for JENESYS 2.0 last September 2013, I was tasked to spread Japanese culture in my own country through my very own ways. As soon as I found out that the Japan embassy in the Philippines is looking for candidates for JENESYS 2.0, I immediately sent out my application. I presented…

Why Do People Go to Karaoke Alone in Japan?

Karaoke directly translated means ’empty orchestra’. It is one of the favorite pastimes of the people in the land of the rising sun. Karaoke Boxes (private rooms which you can rent) and Karaoke bars can be found all over Japan, often as part of an evening of drinking with friends. It can be enjoyed at…

Do You Know These 5 Important Animals in Japanese Culture and Their Symbolism?

Myths and legends are common things in Japan. From city origins to shrine deities, the country has rich stories for how things came about, where they are from, and what they mean for modern Japan. Animals are no exception. In fact, they are highly revered by the Japanese, to the point that they build shrines…

4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Manga Cafe in Japan!

Public WIFI and mobile personal hotspots may be widely accessible across Japan, but if you’re looking for a strong internet connection with a variety of snacks, plus a comfortable and private place to stay, Manga Kissa (manga cafes) are increasingly becoming a popular and affordable choice! Regardless of whether you are staying in Tokyo or…

Who Are These ‘History Girls’ From Japan and What Are Their Interests?

Japan has many subcultures that really make you wonder how different it is from the rest of the world. When it comes to gender-specific cliques, there are a few such as “Reki-jo,” also known as “History Girls,” that have become very popular in the past few decades. Reki-jo is a group of women who show…

After Samurai Spiderman, Check Out This New Japanese-Inspired Marvel Superhero!

Japan’s obsession with superheroes is nothing new, and it has reached a different level with many MARVEL characters getting a Japanese makeover and being unveiled, thus garnering much attention. The spread of fan culture across borders has enabled this idea of re-envisioning famous pop-culture characters from the West. The well-known toy company from Japan, Bandai,…

Check Out These 2 Fashion Icons that Shaped Current Harajuku Style in Japan!

Fashion trends change at a fast speed in Japan, especially in the fashionable area of Harajuku. No matter how iconic a trend is and how much we love them, they don’t last forever. There will always be new ideas coming from an open laboratory of creative young people. This keeps the prevailing street style in…

Who is This Japanese Artist that Made Art by Breaking Through Sheets of Paper?

In the past, some people believed that art should be void of color, emotion, and individual expression. They started expressing their feelings through works of art that were light and spacious in nature. This led to the founding of the Zero Group. One of its founders was Saburo Murakami, a Japanese artist who was born…

What Shocking Thing Did This Japanese Train Company Do and Why Did It Apologize?

Japan is recognized for many things around the world, and one of these things is trains running on time. In a world where many countries struggle with aging transport systems and consistent delays and complaints, Japan is famed for having high-quality trains and punctual services. The latest news, then, of a train company in Japan…

Find Out About This Amazing ‘Floating Bonsai’ Created in Japan!

You are probably familiar with the cute Japanese art form called “bonsai,” but are you familiar with the so-called art project “Air Bonsai?” This project allows people to create their own ‘floating star’ by growing and nurturing it. It was made by a small company called “Hoshinchu” in Kyushu, Japan. It doesn’t only treasure the…