Category Archives: Culture and History

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…

Luxury New Year lucky bags are in — including Y201.6 mil gold tea ceremony set

Luxury New Year lucky bags are in — including Y201.6 mil gold tea ceremony set

Luxury New Year lucky bags are in — including Y201.6 mil gold tea ceremony set TOKYO — New Year’s lucky bags, or “fukubukuro,” are a fun and exciting Japanese tradition,…

Snow globes are the newest winter trend in Japan!【Photos】

Snow globes are the newest winter trend in Japan!【Photos】

Snow globes are the newest winter trend in Japan!【Photos】 Who doesn’t love snow globes? These festive winter staples are always a holiday crowd-pleaser, but unfortunately, due to their bulky size…

Karaoke-loving pet bird in Japan dances, sings along to rock band’s video 【Video】

Karaoke-loving pet bird in Japan dances, sings along to rock band’s video 【Video】

Karaoke-loving pet bird in Japan dances, sings along to rock band’s video 【Video】   Java sparrows are pretty popular pets in Japan, where they’re called buncho. But even though buncho…

Learning Japanese? Beware these 19 loan words—they’re not what they sound like!

Learning Japanese? Beware these 19 loan words—they’re not what they sound like!

Learning Japanese? Beware these 19 loan words—they’re not what they sound like! Speakers of certain languages sometimes get a leg-up when learning Japanese. For example, Japanese includes Chinese characters, which…

Kabuki for (penniless) beginners

Kabuki for (penniless) beginners

It might sound hard to believe, what with it having been advertised as “classic” and as “high art” but Kabuki was—and to some extent still is—as pop as anything can…

Night of paper-folding with a Japanese friend leads to creation of beautiful “origami jewellery”

Night of paper-folding with a Japanese friend leads to creation of beautiful “origami jewellery”

origami paper-folding with a Japanese friend that left a big impression. Intrigued by the art, they set upon a journey to recreate the folded designs in metal and not long…