CULTURE

Sep 27, 2021life
Japan's Ancient Sports
As I write this, on the opposite coast, the Tokyo Olympics (which they still insist on calling the 2020 Olympics) are taking place. Whatever my thoughts on that, it's an...
Aug 20, 2021culture
"Seichi Junrei" Anime Tours: Go see the settings of your favorites!

Japan's animated television programs and movies have spread outside Japan to find fans all over the world, a fact that many Japanese.

Jul 15, 2021culture
Akihabara exploration series: My own recommended style of exploring Akihabara

Today’s Akihabara is a town of subcultures and electricity.

The district is filled with stores selling anime, manga, various associated merchandise and video games, and maids can be seen in the streets, but that’s not all. If it’s machine parts you’re looking for, you can find that in Akihabara as well.

The reason for this is that a few decades ago, Akihabara was a district filled with parts shops selling radios, wireless machinery components, vacuum tubes and more.

Jun 16, 2021culture
Finding a Pastime in Japan: Choosing a Japanese Martial Art

There are a number of reasons why you might want to take up a martial art in Japan. The regular physical practice can help you keep fit, build confidence, and let off steam. A martial art can also be a gateway into Japanese culture.

Apr 2, 2021culture
Japan’s National Holidays

Japan has a generous number of annual public holidays. There are 16 annual shukujitsu (祝日, national holidays) peppered throughout the year during which schools, public institutions, and many businesses are closed. By law, if a national holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will also be a holiday.

Mar 22, 2021culture
Japan’s Special Seasonal Holiday Foods

Japan has a rich array of annual events and festivities that are celebrated through the seasons, each with their own special traditions, and each with their own special foods. In this article we are going to look at some of Japan’s most important seasonal foods, and examine their significance.

Mar 18, 2021culture
Primer on Katakana
Last time, we talked about hiragana for a while. This time, we'll be taking a closer look at katakana, the second of the three scripts in Japanese — before you...
Feb 28, 2021culture
Hinamatsuri – Japan’s Colorful Festival of Dolls

Hinamatsuri (雛祭り) is a special festival which is held in Japan every year on March 3rd. This festival, which is known either as "Girl’s Day" or "Doll’s Day" in English, is a family celebration for young girls and is dedicated to their health and happiness.

Feb 25, 2021culture
A Primer on Hiragana

As you probably know, Japanese has three alphabets: Hiragana, katakana, and kanji. You're going to need all three of those; something I'm specifying mostly because I've met people who insist that just one will do, and you should pick kanji because then you know Chinese too (no, it's not the same, and 'I've been to Korea' just makes things worse).