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Japanese Tattoos: The Meaning of Irezumi and the Most Popular Japanese Tattoo Motifs

Do you have a tattoo? If not, perhaps you are thinking of getting one. Many people have tattoos that symbolize things that are important to them, such as people, places, or nostalgic memories. Tattoos have different meanings around the world; for example, they have held different significant meanings in various tribes and religions for years.…
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Ganbare at Undoukai: A peek at a Sports Day Festival in Japanese Schools

In kindergartens, elementary schools and junior high schools in Japan, Sports Festival or Undokai(運動会) in Japanese, is usually held on Saturdays or Sundays in spring (May-June) or autumn (September-October). Students and teachers do a lot of preparation for this school-based community-wide event and spend several weeks practicing to make it a successful and fun day…
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Places and other Beautiful Flowers that Bloom in Japan During Spring

Sakura is the most famous seasonal flower in Japan. It is the symbol of spring. People from all over Japan look forward to this season, when they can unfold their picnic mats and gather over a neatly-packed bento with cans of beer while viewing the pretty cherry blossoms. It is the most awaited season after…

Easy Ways to Spot the Differences Between Cherry, Plum and Peach Blossoms!

Japanese gardens in spring are always surrounded by so many beautiful flowers that it can sometimes be easy to mistake any pink flowers you happen to spot as the famous cherry blossom (sakura). But this is not always the case, there are certain features that differentiate the cherry, plum, and peach blossoms among all the…