Japanese history

Impress Your Peers With This Unique Japanese Personal Stamp!

In Japan, it is a traditional practice to use “han,” “hanko,” or “inkan” instead of using personal signatures when signing, accepting, and acknowledging documents. Almost every individual in the country has one. These are stamps which are used for different situations such as serious contractual matters. The usual stamps carried by people are plain black,…

Did You Know That Japan Had Its Own Nuclear Weapons Program?

Many years ago, I attended an anti-nuclear assembly in Wakayama, Japan. This was in about 2007 or 2008, well before the March 11, 2011 earthquake that would shut down the country’s entire nuclear power program. The speaker was very much against nuclear power and nuclear development of any kind. Her speech was rather self-congratulatory as…

Saigo Takamori, the Real Last Samurai With a Fascinating Story

One of the aspects of Japan that attracts many people is samurai. Noble Japanese warriors wielding deadly weapons with codes of honor is a cool concept for many people. Although the blockbuster movie starring Ken Watanabe and Tom Cruise, The Last Samurai, was based on the true Japanese figure, Saigo Takamori, the truth does not…

Attack on Titan, A Silent Voice and More in This Week’s Hot 10 Articles!

Hi, readers! This is the Japan Info staff. We wanted to say thank you for always reading our articles and we’ve got a way for you to enjoy them more! Out of all the posts that have been published over the last week (September 19th to 25th) on Japan Info and/or on Facebook, we are…

Who Was “Tokyo Rose” of the WWII Radio Program for American Soldiers?

In the dark days of the Pacific War during the epic struggle of civilizations that was WWII, many American sailors and Marines would turn on their radios to listen to the dulcet tones of a program they were not allowed to listen to called “Zero Hour (ゼロ・アワー)”. This blacklisted station would play all of the…

Relive the Past by Visiting These 4 Historic Places in the Kansai Region

One of the many things that attracts tourists to Japan is its rich history which is present up until today’s modern times. Many people are interested in visiting Japan’s historic towns to get a feel of what life used to be like in the country. Thatched roofs, castles, shrines, temples, and samurai lodging all draw…

Did North Korea Really Abduct Japanese People?

Imagine sending your 13-year-old daughter out to badminton practice. The walks to and fro nearly every day are without trouble. You live in a beautiful small coastal town with virtually no crime. Your little girl leaves and never comes home – you wait for hours, then days, then years. She seemed to disappear from the…

Kuril Islands Dispute: Is the Russo-Japanese Relationship in a Deadlock?

Ever since the World War II ended, Japan-Russia relations have not seen any progress. There is a love-hate relationship between these two countries for about seventy years. Will the situation change? Can Russia and Japan keep their past aside? Kuril Islands The Kuril Islands are a group of islands that form an archipelago in the…

Meet the Real-Life Samurai That Inspired Anime Characters!

Samurai are icons that often pop up when we talk about Japan. In films they’re depicted as those noble warriors who faithfully serve their lords using their strict fighting discipline and mastery in the art of kenjutsu (Japanese swordsmanship). But, with a unique variety of depictions they have enjoyed in movies, drama series, and anime,…

See Ancient Japanese Artifacts at the Korokan Ruins in Fukuoka!

Japan is not only famous for its stunning castles, but also for its castle ruins – the ones near Ohori Park in Fukuoka being a particularly stunning tourist attraction. Near to what remains of the castle is the Korokan Ruins which is a small museum where you can learn more about the building that used…