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Why Do Japanese People Love Taking a Bath at Night Before Going to Bed?

Japan is a place where certain customs and rituals might seem unusual to a Westerner’s eye. One of these is the fact that many Japanese people love to take a bath at night before they sleep, rather than in the morning before they head outside. Have you ever wondered why? Public Bathing jp.fotolia.com/ As you…

Seppuku: The History and the Ritual

Good faith was considered a prime virtue of a samurai in old Japan. It was believed that an honest man’s word is as good as his bond. Japanese samurai also believed that an honorable death was more desirable than a life of shame. That’s why committing suicide in the battlefield became the habit rather than…

Demons out, Luck in! or Japanese Setsubun

SETSUBUN Yhere is a day before the beginning of spring, which is known as “Setsubun” in Japan. The word “Setsubun” consists of two words, “Setsu”, which means season and “bun”, which means division. “Setsubun” means seasonal division. Unfortunately, this day is not a national holiday in Japan. MAMEMAKI “Setsubun” is celebrated annually on February 3…