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, …

So tell us why you love Japan?

I have traveled far and i have traveled long. Been many places, however Japan is one place where i keep coming back. So what is it about Japan where people from all walks of life, coming from different backgrounds and …

Forever One : Sakura and Me, a never ending love story.

Tencolors invited me to write for them. Hmm… First thought I had in my mind was what to write about. I have been here in Japan for almost ten years. My long withstanding, love and hate relationship with Japan, the …

Nominification in Japan : Nomikai (drink parties)

Nomikai (drink party) – is one aspect of the Japanese work culture that I am still kind of getting used to.

I remember my first nomikai quite distinctly – why? because I was a teetotaler…(I still have a very low …

A visit to Asakusa Temple or Senso-ji : “Vibrant Flavors of the Old City”

Asakusa Temple also called Senso-ji has been a popular place in Tokyo since the olden days.

My very first visit to the shrine was about fourteen years ago on a hot summer day in the middle of August. One of …

Japanese Language & Literature and their influences.

It is believed that Japanese language is related to Korean, eastern Siberian and Manchurian and possibly distantly Mongolian or Turkish language. However, native phonetic writing system was developed from Chinese characteristics during 6th century with the transmission of Buddhism, which …

Meiji Era & Modern Japan (1868-1912)

With the fall of Shogunates, the imperial restoration of Meiji Govt. came into power. The centuries old class division and Feudal System came to an end. Japan opened trade relations with USA and other Europeans powers.

Meiji Govt. has credit …

Edo Period or Tokugawa period ( 1600 AD – 1867 AD)

In 1603 the last king of Shogunate moved his capital to Edo, the present Tokyo and this was the beginning of Edo period.

This was the major turning point in the history of Japan. Tokugawa Ieyasu created the mold in …

Muromachi Period (1333 AD – 1568 AD)

A short-lived restoration of imperial rule from 1333 to 1338 under Go Diago who was overthrown by Ashikaga Takauji who became on firm footing after the conflicts of several decades but later lost control over the feudal coalition. Japan lost …

Kamakura Period (1185 AD – 1333 AD)

Mina Moto no Yoritomo became Japan’s first permanent shogun in 1192. He established military government, created military, feudal and judicial systems lasted almost for 700 years until the resign of last shogun in 1867.

During 11th and 12th century the …

Heian Period ( 794 AD – 1185 AD )

The early Heian period is marked with the characteristics of elegance and beauty. Mission to tang China was ceased after 894, stemming the flow of mainland culture into Japan. There was revival of Ritsuryo system but the concept of Kochi …

Nara Period (710 AD – 794AD)

The Nara period is inaugurated by the construction of a new capital at Nara based on the Chinese architecture, which remained capital for 70 years until it was moved frequently around Nara, Kyoto and Osaka. Chinese culture influence was increased. …

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