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Foods to Try in Japan

Perhaps one of the best parts about visiting or living in Japan is the superb variety of food it offers you. Foreign travelers will be delighted to find some of Asia’s most sought after cuisines available, such as Thai, Korean, and even Indian food. For the homesick Westerner, there are plenty of restaurants that provide…

Emoticons (Emoji) with a hidden Japanese background : part 3

Did you know, that many Japanese festivals are featured in emoticons? If you were wondering what some of the emoji on your phone might be, find out what their Japanese origins are here in this article! Hinamatsuri The doll’s festival is held on March 3rd. Japanese decorate a set of two princes and princesses like…

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…

Is Being a Housewife a Bad Thing?

Are you going to get married to your lover? Congratulations! I hope you will have a happy life with him. By the way… are you going to become a housewife after having kids? If so, please take a look at this article first, and think about your life when married. First of all, what do…

The wonders of Japanese alternative medicine

When we catch a cold of feel bad for longer than usual, we tend to go see a doctor. We hope that the doctor can “magically” heal us by judging from our symptoms and that he is the only one who can help us by prescribing pills and medicine. Many forget that doctors can only…

What captured my heart in Japan

A country with the most interesting and enviable traits enclosed within a tightly compact small island, Japan is the best destination for all. Well, if I were to pin what I love about this beautiful place, in spite of its micro dimensions, words will flow like endless river and spill over the edge. However, I…

Emoticons (Emoji) with a hidden Japanese background : part 1

Nowadays we would not be able to communicate dry virtual messages without smoothing them out with emoticons. Based on smileys they have evolved to our everyday must have tool. Some of them underline emotions, some decorate the overall message and some are a mystery to many. The reason for this is the Japanese cultural background.…

Tsukumogami – Japanese “Tool” Ghosts and Monsters

The fascinating field of Japanese Yokai (monsters) and ghosts is immense. One specific group inside this wide world are the spirits of tsukumogami (付喪神). This idea originated from Shinto religion, which believes, that everything in the world is a god and has a spirit inside. Therefore, it should be treated with respect and appreciation. Tsukumogami…

Yokai – Famous Japanese ghosts, monsters and creatures

As featured in the first part of this article, there are more monsters that could enter the top 10 ranking. Here are the next 5 (in)famous ones: Relevance article: Yokai – Japanese ghosts, monsters and legendary creatures part 1 Rokurokubi (ろくろ首) A female yokai with an extremely long neck, that can extend even further. Rokuro means…

Yokai – Japanese Ghosts and Monsters in New Age

Yokai watch Which of these cuddly Yo-kai would you like to cozy up with on #NationalCuddleUpDay: Komasan, Jibanyan or Whisper? pic.twitter.com/0IngoAqEmh — YO-KAI WATCH (@YokaiWatchNews) January 7, 2017 Japan has hundreds of yokai (monsters) and ghosts. A lot of them are still used in modern culture or literature. Very popular at the moment is yokai…