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 …

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 …

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. …

Geisha & Devdasi – mirror images?

I happened to read “Memoirs of a Geisha” a few months ago and have been kind of intrigued by the uncanny resemblance the Geisha has with Devdasis or “Kalavantis” (as they were popularly known in ancient times) of the south …

Taiko : The Sounds of the Gods,If you can say it, you can play it

The sounds of Taiko or Japanese drums have never failed to impress me.Growing up in a country where music has deep roots in religion and culture, my fusion with music started at an early age in life. Later on, in …

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