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What Do You Know About ‘Tengu’? A Legendary Japanese Creature

The Japanese word “Tengu” comes from the two words, “tian” and “gou,” which translates to “heaven” and “dog,” respectively, thus the name “heavenly dog.” Found in old Japanese folktales, Tengu are considered as a type of god in the Shinto religion but are mostly only thought of as supernatural creatures. Let’s find out more about…

Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine, A Shrine in the Forest of Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is the icon of Japan and is very well known. However it is not just at the current moment in which Mount Fuji is seen as a monument of beauty. In the Shinto religion, the native religion of Japan, Mount Fuji was worshipped as a god. In this way people did not climb…

Kurama, the hidden gem of Kyoto

Little known beautiful town Author’s photo The tiny mountain town of Kurama sits high in a mountain valley outside of Kyoto, Japan. The town is a bit of a trek to get to, requiring a couple transfers on subways and trains from the city center, and a final ride on a small, slow line through…

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.…

Yokai – Japan’s top 5 famous ghosts, monsters and creatures

Have you ever heard of Japanese ghosts or monsters? When thinking about monsters, most people think of Frankenstein, yetis or bigfoot. Japanese monsters are called yokai, ghosts would be obake. They are, of course, a bit different from their western counterparts. You might have encountered some of them in pop culture like video games or…