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Why Did the Samurai Wear Their Hair In a “Chonmage”?

The chonmage is a traditional Japanese hairstyle which is usually linked to samurai and the Edo period. Traditionally, the hairstyle of chonmage features a shaved pate, and the rest of the hair is tied up in a bun. It is said that the shaven pate has an added benefit to hide various forms of male…

How to Buy Cheap Sumo Tickets for the Annual Tournament

The first of this year’s six annual sumo tournaments pushed off on Sunday, January 10th at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo and will run until January 24th. The majority of advanced tickets have now been sold but there will be 350 unreserved seats sold every day and the good news is they’re much cheaper than the…

3 Amusing Facts About The Land Of The Rising Sun

You think you know everything about Japan? Think again! Here are 3 facts about Japan that will blow your mind! 1. The World’s Biggest Tuna came From Japan jp.fotolia.com/ Japanese love their sushi. One particular popular kind of sushi is maguro – or tuna. The world’s most expensive tuna ever sold was a 222-kilogram Bluefin…

A Day in the Life of a Sumo Wrestler

Sumo wrestlers are known as “rikishi” in Japanese. Every wrestler belongs to a particular stable in Japan, which is ruled by a retired wrestler known as “oyakata”, meaning boss. They’re known to be good wrestlers during their prime. The wife of an oyakata is known as “okamisan.” They also play as supportive members of the…

Two of the Best Cultural Experiences to Have in Japan

Going to visit another country is always a great cultural experience, especially one with a culture as rich as Japan. The history, the cuisine, the fashion, whatever it is that you like, there is something to love for everyone in Japan. But to make a trip even more special there are a few very cultural…

Chanko–nabe: May I Have SUMOre?

Chanko-nabe (ちゃんこ鍋), the dish of the sumo wrestlers! It’s a hotpot that contains lots of proteins and carbohydrates that sumo wrestlers consume in copious amounts to bulk up. One pot could easily feed two people with moderate appetites. Sumo wrestlers don’t have breakfast and have their first meal after the training in the morning. They…

Yokozuna: the highest rank in Sumo

Yokozuna is the highest rank in Sumo Wrestling. Only a few people have become Yokozunas. There are merely some 71 recorded Yokozunas in the history until now since its inception. There is a famous WWF (World Wrestling Federation) wrestler named ‘Yokozuna’ but he is not the original Yokozuna. Yokozuna is a traditional and exclusive Japanese…

Overview of 4 of the Greatest Japanese Sports

In a country such as Japan, sports have been holding an important place in the national culture. Japanese sports are also known worldwide and many foreigners wish to practice and to learn new techniques. Moreover, plenty of tourists come to see the local sports shows. If you’re interested in sports, then this article is for…

4 Themed Restaurants in Tokyo You Simply Must Visit!

Japan is famous for its culinary art. They do not just serve your gastronomic needs but they serve it with style. But Japanese art does not limit to its cuisines’ creativity, their inventive nature leads them to creating ingenious themed restaurants drawing thousands of locals and tourists to enjoy not just the food but also…

5 Leading Japanese Martial Arts

Japan is a country where people have a big interest in sports. Sports, originally in Japan, was often associated with culture. For these reasons, some traditional Japanese sports and especially martial art still exists and Japan and still have a huge audience. we are listing here some of the most popular ones. 1. Sumo jp.fotolia.com/…