Japanese culture

Why Did Japan Join Forces With Germany During World War II?

After President Obama’s recent visit to Hiroshima, my heart was warmed to see how much Japan and America’s relationship has grown from bitter enemies to great friends. While there are, of course, hard-liners in both countries that try to continue fanning the flames of hatred, much of the wounds inflicted by histories greatest and most…

Check Out 7 of the Best Podcasts to Learn All About Japan the Fun and Easy Way!

I think that podcasts are one of the best ways to learn new things about virtually anything. There are thousands of podcasts available in nearly every language and there are a plethora of podcasts available to teach you more about Japanese history, culture and the language. Here are a few of my favorites. jp.fotolia.com/ Language…

Visit the Eastern Golden Hall of Kohfukuji Temple and Admire Its Treasures

If you make a pilgrimage to Nara and find yourself in Nara Koen (the park) there are countless things to see in the extensive grounds. At Kohfukuji there are three golden halls, the Eastern one (Tohkondo) having been rebuilt six times due to destruction by fire. The original building (built in 726) was commissioned by…

Ohaguro: Why Did the Japanese Dye Their Teeth Black?

The unique practice of ohaguro is a very traditional dyeing process in Japan whereby teeth are dyed black. Of course, this practice has all but died out now, and nowadays people both in Japan and around the world wish for the whitest teeth they can get. Teeth whitening is a normal process and an increasingly…

Omiai: The Culture of Arranged Marriage in Japan

Arranged marriage is a practice which is both controversial and a historically significant societal function. Not so long ago, arranged marriage was very common in all parts of the world. Marriage was more of a contract than anything else, and was common and expected among all classes and cultures. Marriages up until around the 18th…

Nisekoi: Who Holds the True Key?

Nisekoi, released in English-speaking countries as Nisekoi: False Love, is a much-loved anime series. It is comedic and romantic and is popular both in Japan and among fans throughout the world. It is also adored by people of many different ages and among both males and females. Originally a manga series, Nisekoi has also been…

How to be funny in “JaPunese”: 10 Original Japanese Puns!

Japanese comedy is known the world over. Mostly, the international perspective of Japanese comedy centers around ‘owarai’. Owarai is basically Japanese television comedy. This varies hugely but people may be quite familiar with quiz shows, variety shows, and talent contests, which are particularly popular right now! To the west, Japanese comedy may appear quite slapstick,…

Join the Culture Day Celebrations All Over Japan on November 3rd!

Japan is probably one of the few countries which have a holiday officially devoted to culture. However, what actually happens on Culture day? It is by no means a holiday in name only. All over Japan people make preparations for the event. What was once a holiday to celebrate the Meiji Emperor’s birthday, November 3,…

Get a Taste of Life Inside a Japanese Home with a Nagomi Visit!

A Nagomi Visit is a very authentic, wonderful and exciting experience in Japan. It provides the concept of an immersion experience with a Japanese local household, where you get to dine with the whole family as if you are a part of the family. You can choose either lunch or dinner with a minimal fee.…