Category Archives: Culture and History

How to lady: Fascinating Meiji Era women’s book features hairstyles, history lessons, etiquette

How to lady: Fascinating Meiji Era women’s book features hairstyles, history lessons, etiquette

How to lady: Fascinating Meiji Era women’s book features hairstyles, history lessons, etiquette “From birth to death, a woman must never forget to display fondness and affection … a woman…

Video looks at why Japanese students serve their own school lunches, clean their classrooms

Video looks at why Japanese students serve their own school lunches, clean their classrooms

Video looks at why Japanese students serve their own school lunches, clean their classrooms TOKYO — How many of our readers living in Western countries remember cleaning up their classrooms…

Meiji-era Japanese “Hell Picture Book” is far more hilarious than horrifying 【Pics】

Meiji-era Japanese “Hell Picture Book” is far more hilarious than horrifying 【Pics】

Meiji-era Japanese “Hell Picture Book” is far more hilarious than horrifying 【Pics】 So, Hell. It’s supposed to be a scary, not-so-cool place, right? All that fire and torture and eternal…

Economy, strong yen defuse 'explosive' Chinese shopping in Japan

Economy, strong yen defuse ‘explosive’ Chinese shopping in Japan

Economy, strong yen defuse ‘explosive’ Chinese shopping in Japan TOKYO — Chinese tourists spent less in Tokyo shops during the Lunar New Year holidays compared with a year earlier, retailers…

Licca-chan gets the royal treatment in this gorgeous Doll Festival set

Licca-chan gets the royal treatment in this gorgeous Doll Festival set

Licca-chan gets the royal treatment in this gorgeous Doll Festival set TOKYO — Toy brand Takara Tomy collaborates with distinguished doll maker Kyugetsu to release a limited 2016 edition of…

Japan’s low autopsy rate may leave murders undetected

Japan’s low autopsy rate may leave murders undetected

Japan’s low autopsy rate may leave murders undetected Chisako Kakehi awaits trial. She is dubbed the Black Widow, after the spider that eats its mate. Arrested on suspicion of murdering…

Mr. God? See which unusual names win Japan’s “Best of Family Names 2015” award

Mr. God? See which unusual names win Japan’s “Best of Family Names 2015” award

Mr. God? See which unusual names win Japan’s “Best of Family Names 2015” award Our family names are unique because, unlike our given names, their true origins are rarely known….

Does the experience of living in Japan make you a better person?

Does the experience of living in Japan make you a better person?

Does the experience of living in Japan make you a better person? TOKYO — We all know that living abroad gives you an opportunity to have a greater understanding of…

Japanese New Year: Traditions, countdowns and fireworks

Japanese New Year: Traditions, countdowns and fireworks

Japanese New Year: Traditions, countdowns and fireworks TOKYO — In some countries, Christmas decorations get taken down well after Christmas (or even New Year), but in Japan, after the 25th,…

Annual New Year’s Eve singing competition Kohaku will be invaded by Star Wars

Annual New Year’s Eve singing competition Kohaku will be invaded by Star Wars

Annual New Year’s Eve singing competition Kohaku will be invaded by Star Wars Disney is getting its hands on all it can this year—you’ll even be able to catch a…