1. Weird & Omoshiroi

    Well, without seeing the weird and the dark side of japan, your journey is not complete.
    Otaku, Akiboys, Harajuku Girls, sex museums are part of the society.

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  2. Travel & Leisure

    A Guide to Temples, Shrines,Gardens,Castles,,Hot Springs,Historic Districts,Theme Parks,Open Air Museums,Winter Sports, Skiing and snowboarding in Japan.

  3. Culture & Tradition

    Japanese modern socitey with ancient traditions and elegance with Kimono, Yukata, Geisha, Blossoms, Autumn Leaves, Sumo,Festivals,Cormorant Fishing

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    Edmund Garman

  4. Food & Drinks

    The Flavors of Curry, Gyudon,Okonomiyaki,Ramen,Sashimi,Sushi,Tempura,Yakitori and the best of all Wasabi to top up many dishes!

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    Dennis Wong

  5. Entertainment & Fun

    The way Japanese pass their free time, be it singing in a Karaoke, Reading Manga and Anime,Movies,Amusement Parks,Pachinko

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  6. Etiquette & Manners

    The very basics of Japanese mannerism which is very much part of Japanese society. Using Chopsticks, Taking bath, Greeting People, Sitting Techniques.

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  7. Arts & Music

    Explore the world of Bonsai,Calligraphy,Dolls,Ikebana,Origami, Poetry,Drums,Pop Culture and Tea ceremony

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  8. History

    Explore the history of both ancient and modern japan from 10,000 BC to the current day.
    From Paleolithic era to Meiji Era, from the feudal and shogunate’s to democracy.

Karaoke – some singing and a lot of fun

Karaoke – is a portmanteau of two Japanese words – Kara (empty) and Oke (from Orchestra). Although the word is Japanese, whether or not this favorite pastime of many in Japan was invented here or not, is a matter of …

Train Etiquette in Japan

You do not expect to see words like run, rush, push when you talk about etiquette. Yet, it is very common in Japan to experience this when traveling in trains. Of course, it is not only about running and pushing, …

Learning to bow – Ojigi

Incidentally, this is also the name of the book that I am reading right now. But what I write here is not about the book It is about the “art of bowing”, which is an integral part of the Japanese …

Daruma – the ‘Dharma’ doll

Those of you who have been to Japan must have seen this doll several times – they are sold at omiyage (souvenir) shops outside various temples, shrines and other popular tourist destinations around Japan and onlookers are often fascinated by …

Jishuku – Self restraint

“The Sakura were late this year as if they too observed some form of “Jishuku” …….quoted from a photo essay by Francis Harrison , a photographer who captured Tokyo in a somber mood after the triple disaster (earthquake, Tsunami and

Hotaru no Hikari (Glow of the fireflies)

I am sure you must have heard this ‘one’ music at closing time (see the link at the end of this para) in shops, department stores, supermarkets, gyms (my gym plays it) and a lot of other places in Japan. …

Nemawashi:A management technique

Nemawashi – literally meaning ‘going around the roots’ (ne = roots; mawasu = go around), is a Japanese word which is quite difficult to interpret effectively, although it may be often translated as “laying the groundwork”. Sometimes difficult for foreigners …

Honne and Tatemae – two sides of the same coin

Honne is a person’s true feelings and desires, whereas Tatemae literally means ‘facade’ or the behavior or opinion that one displays in public (quoted from Wikipedia)

These two words are considered to be of immense importance in the Japanese society …

Cracking under the strain – the rising suicide rates in Japan

It makes me a bit sad to write about this topic, but write I must….now that I am sharing experiences from my life In Japan.This is something which I experience almost every other day in my life in Tokyo…train accidents …

Omikoshi – wa-shai, wa-shai!!

Omikoshi is an honorific term for Mikoshi – a portable Shinto shrine. (In Japanese, O is a prefix that is usually added to the names of objects to make them sound polite) It resembles a miniature temple building, with the …

Kimono – the traditional dress

Kimono – is a traditional Japanese dress, worn by men, women and kids. The literal translation of the word is “something to wear” (Ki = wear; mono = thing). It is a T-shaped, straight line robe, which comes in all …

Celebrating life – no matter what (the age)

One of my Japanese friend’s family will be celebrating her father’s 88th birthday very soon. According to her, it is an important celebration in Japan and her whole family will get together at her hometown, on the occasion. The festivities …