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Gaijin Chronicles : Kangeikai and Edamame

Japanese companies usually hold 歓迎会(kangeikai or welcome party) to welcome new employees and 送別会( Soubetsukai or farewell party) for those leaving. In some cases, the welcome and farewell parties are combined into one — 歓送迎会(kansougeikai). These are usually dinner parties held in nice restaurants.The party is usually started with speeches by the company president or any top ranking official and by the 新入社員(shinyuushain or new employee(s)) or the person(s) leaving.…

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Golden Pavilion

Golden Pavilion on a clear autumn blue sky with its reflection clearly shown on its surrounding pond (Autumn 2006) It was early autumn when I first had the chance to travel to the city of Kyoto with my Japanese teacher and a colleague from work.…

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Gaijin Chronicles : Mikan and Japanese Gift Giving Etiquette

Early autumn of 2012, my friends and I went to Kuroisan Green Park in Setouchi-shi, Okayama for mikan harvesting.  Mikan, according to its Wikipedia entry, is a sweet,  seedless,  and easy-peeling citrus species about the size of mandarin oranges but smaller than an orange.…

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Japanese dog as a spiritual being

Dog in Japan -Shiba- The very best dog in the world IMO. Photo from Ashinari One of the very popular animals in Japanese old tales. As long as I remember, usually drawn as a white medium-size Japanese dog in a book, with a curled tail and erect, triangular ears like a Kishu dog.…

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Momotarou, the Japanese old tale

Momotarou -Momotarou picture books- “Momotarou” is one of the very well-known folk tales in Japan, and it’s a quite popular character in Okayama where I live, so I felt this would be a good theme to start. Like many children’s stories, Momotarou is about “The good defeats the evil forces”.…

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Shio Ramen; How to taste & enjoy it.

2014/05/23 | Food ,

Shio Ramen [Noodle Name] Shio (“salt”) Ramen [Noodle Type] Ramen [Noodle Variation] Soup Style [Noodle Flavor] Shio (Salt base)   [Feature of Shio Ramen] Shio Ramen  is one of the Japanese noodle soup dish. It made with plenty of salt based flavor and any combination of chicken, vegetables, fish, and seaweed.…

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The opening time of USJ

One fine Sunday this May, I went to USJ with my family. I’m going to give you some useful tips rather than telling about attractions, so that you can enjoy USJ more. Opening time Opens at 10:00 a.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m.…

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How to distinguish shinto shrines from buddhist temples.

If you are sightseeing in Japan, in many cases, you may have the chance to visit different temples and shrines . At this time, you will be troubled for the different manners of temples and shrines. (Because these are the buildings of another religion.)   But, if you understand a few key points, it is fairly easy to distinguish the two.…

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