Japanese history

The Real Truth Nobody Ever Told You About the Attack on Pearl Harbor

All of us know the story of Pearl Harbor. America was isolationist and wanted nothing to do with the World War II that was raging in Europe. Japan and Germany were working hand in hand to spread throughout their respective spheres of influence. A small part of the Japanese government, knowing that America was their…

Yakuza: The Mystery Behind the Japanese Mafia

We all have heard of the word “Yakuza” but some only have a faint idea of what it really means. The majority of Japanese people are unaware or scared when asked about this word, which has become a taboo, somehow. So, who are they and why does the Japanese society fear them? jp.fotolia.com/ Organized Crime…

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…

Find Out About the Fascinating Kyushu National Museum!

Are you serious about learning about Japanese culture? Going to national museums in the country is one of the best ways to fully understand the formation of Japanese culture within Asian history. You won’t go wrong if you head to the latest national museum in the country which was founded in 2005. Kyushu National Museum…

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…

Visit These 3 Fascinating Places in Stunning Okayama in 2018!

Okayama is just one of the many interesting places you should try to visit in Japan. It is popular for Koraku-en Garden, which is one of the top three traditional gardens in the country, and the fable “Momotaro”, which portrays the tale of a hero. Besides being culturally rich in history, it is also home…

Visit the Miho Museum, an Art Paradise in the Mountains near Kyoto!

Kyoto is a beautiful city because of its temples and traditions, and attracts many visitors every year both from Japan and overseas. However, regarding art, there are not a lot of museums where you can enjoy a day of cultural understanding and really spend a whole day admiring the art of Japan. The Miho Museum…

Learn About the Meanings Behind the 8 Most Common Japanese Surnames

Surnames are a very unique and interesting aspect of Japan. Did you know that an overwhelming majority of Japanese surnames have been in existence only since the late 19th century? Also, the meanings behind those surnames are very reflective of cultural, religious, and social practices that have been in Japanese society for a while. It…

Find Out Why This Osaka Museum Closed in 2013 and What Remains of it in 2017

Besides being known as the “Nation’s Kitchen,” Osaka has quite a history when it comes to its maritime culture. It has also been a popular place for the trading of goods. In line with this, the Mayor of the city opened the Osaka Maritime Museum in 2000 in order to reflect the importance of the…