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Japan’s Deadliest Mountain

Do a quick Google search about the most dangerous mountains in the world, and you will not find a single one from Japan. That’s understandable. While Japan has many mountains due to it being part of the Ring of Fire, it does not have any of those monumental mountains that are known for their extreme…

Japan and the Big Head Conundrum: Why Do People Want a Small Face?

Have you ever heard someone from Japan tell someone esle, particularly a foreigner, that their face was very small, often with a tone of jealousy and admiration? For those coming from Western countries, this might seem like a very strange and confusing comment that is difficult to discern. If you were told that your face…

Ohaguro: Why Did the Japanese Dye Their Teeth Black?

The unique practice of ohaguro is a very traditional dyeing process in Japan whereby teeth are dyed black. Of course, this practice has all but died out now, and nowadays people both in Japan and around the world wish for the whitest teeth they can get. Teeth whitening is a normal process and an increasingly…

Finding Work in Japan: The Positive and Negative Experiences

This article is about my experience as a teacher in Japan and about Kindergartens here and I will try to touch both the positive and negative aspects about working in Japan as an English teacher along with a few tips and information on how I applied, what you should know and what you should prepare…

Do Families Truly Leave Grandparents in Forest So They Can Die?

A young man looks at his mother. The frail, old woman can no longer walk long distances and usually spends her days inside the house with the family. Her hair has turned white, and the foggy mist in her eyes indicates that she is losing her vision. Her son really loves her, but does not…

How 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). In fact, even people in Japan who every year go to parks to appreciate the beauty of sakura can at times mistake…

This Website Will Help You Find a Cheaper Home, But There’s a Catch

Do you want to find a cheap property in Japan? Good luck! Japan’s real estate prices are continuing to rise, making it more and more difficult for people to become homeowners. Renting is always a popular option in the archipelago, but if you desire to live close to the city centers of major cities like…

People Have Voted! These Are Japan’s Most Popular Snacks

Among the numerous numbers of snacks, which do Japanese prefer? The special TV program “14,000 Japanese Citizens to Vote! Japanese Snack Election” was broadcasted on July 20, 2020, allowing those 14,000 people to select their favorite snacks among 4,500 products. That’s right. FOUR THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED products. 22 Japanese snack companies, the highest record of…

“Urushi”: the Beautiful Art of Japanese Lacquerware

There are many beautiful and preserved craft techniques in Japan that have withstood the erosion of time and remain precious traditions today. A good example of this would be the handmade kimono, and especially “kuro montsukizome”, the art of applying dark black dye that was almost forgotten but revived by using it with modern clothing.…