Category Archives: Culture and History

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…

Grand old landmark Hotel Okura Tokyo says sayonara, for now

Grand old landmark Hotel Okura Tokyo says sayonara, for now

The main building of the historic Hotel Okura Tokyo closed Monday for demolition and a rebuild after 53 years of hosting fascinating guests amid Japanese decorative beauty. The hotel’s guest…

Digital artist brings traditional Japanese ukiyo-e to life as animated GIFs, adds lasers and UFOs

Digital artist brings traditional Japanese ukiyo-e to life as animated GIFs, adds lasers and UFOs

When someone mentions GIFs, it usually calls to mind one of two things; funny TV show clips posted as responses on forum threads, or a burning desire to assert to…

Teen fashion brand Cecil McBee releases range of educational books, makes studying kawaii

Teen fashion brand Cecil McBee releases range of educational books, makes studying kawaii

In the west, there’s a wide range of stores selling affordable and cute fashion marketed towards teens, such as H&M, TopShop, Zara and Forever 21. But in Japan, one of…