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Engimono: 11 Popular Japanese Good Luck Charms for Your Home

Luck. That single word has come to define what many individuals, groups, and cultures want. There are expressions to wish good luck upon someone, and phrases that attribute one’s achievements to luck. Essentially, people want good luck, and multiple countries and cultures will regard certain items as charms that will bring good fortune to those…

A Guide to 2 Traditional Decorations Used for Japanese New Year

The New Year is a big deal in Japan. The most important holiday of the calendar year, when family and friends get together and celebrate the year gone by and the potential of the year to come. If you are in Japan around this time, you will see some unique and beautiful decorations. Of course,…

Emoticons (Emoji) with a hidden Japanese background : part 2

Find out more about hidden Japanese culture on your smartphone and learn their original meaning. Mizaru, Kikazaru, Iwazaru Mizasaru kikazaru iwazaru (見ざる, 聞かざる, 言わざる) are the three wise monkeys from Japan. It is a wordplay and means “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. Gesture Negation is often gestured in Japan by crossing…