If you’re in Japan for Halloween, don’t miss out on the festivities that include everything from dance parties to costume contests.
The most standard vending machines offer drinks, but don’t be surprised to come across some unusual and unique ones that highlight the Japanese charm.
Although the fact that this shooting occurred answers our main question — do the yakuza have guns? Yes, the yakuza do use guns
Whether it’s your first visit or your fiftieth, you’ll undoubtedly take note of the differences between Japan and your own home country, whether they be positive or negative. Something that many people notice is the lack of homeless people and panhandlers in Japan’s major cities. Does this mean that Japan has solved the issue of … Read more
So who was the last samurai? That title is usually bestowed upon a man by the name of Saigō Takamori (1828 – 1877). He was one of the most important figures of Japan’s tumultuous transition into the modern era: instrumental in the restoration of power to the emperor and his new government, but also famous for taking up arms against these powers just a few years after!
Learning Japanese is a rewarding experience that opens your life up to new opportunities and adventures and a whole new culture. With home learning, you can do this from the comfort and ease of your computer or smartphone and prepare yourself for Japan. Find the online platform that’s right for you and start building your study habits.
Have you ever walked past a doorway in Japan after the bars close and see a fully suited-up businessman sleeping with his briefcase by his side? I can say with full confidence that in the UK, he would wake up without his bag, wallet, phone, and possibly his shoes. But for some reason, in Japan … Read more
The Japanese are pretty festive all year round — it’s in their blood to go all out for anything — and that includes the Western spooky celebration. While it’s not quite the same as how the people in the West celebrate it, Japan commemorates this month their very own way. Even though houses wouldn’t be decorated, the streets will. Even though trick-or-treating isn’t a practice, you’ll still be able to get your ghostly snacks at any eatery you walk in.
Sakura is the name for the Japanese cherry blossom tree, but it’s so much more than that. The blossoms the trees produce each year in a brilliant but short-lived explosion of color are an ancient and fundamental part of Japanese culture. While their natural beauty alone is worth experiencing, the symbolism of sakura makes them truly magical. This symbolism has played a role in Japan’s history from the beginning.
Japanese bathhouses have been a fixture in the country for centuries and can be traced back to 710 A.D. Not to be confused with onsen, public bathhouses, or sentō, offer bathing and soaking facilities for a small entrance fee, and visitors are separated into male and female areas where they get clean and relax too.