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Monthly Archive:2014/06

The Japanese Era Calendar Scheme

If you’ve been staying in Japan for some time now, then you’ve probably come across some government forms or some sort of application form that need filling up. You’ll notice that in some forms wherein you need to fill up a date, the format is quite different.…

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I Survived! – My Raw Fish Eating Experience

2014/06/16 | Food , , ,

It is no secret that the Japanese people are quite adventurous in eating raw food. That which I used to think was only limited to eating raw fish such as the sashimi and sushi. But later on discovered during my year long stay that they also consume raw meats like raw beef (gyu tataki), raw chicken (toriwasa), raw pork liver and even raw horse meat (basashi sashimi).…

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47 Ronin

Have you seen the movie titled 47 Ronin?  Would you believe me if I tell you that they were real?  Who are they and why are they so famous among Japanese people? What is a Ronin? A ronin refers to a lordless or masterless samurai. …

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Oni -Part 1- Japanese demon in children’s books

Oni – Japanese demon Typical “Oni” image In Japanese tales, “Oni” is usually a villain. Its standard appearance is quite distinctive; -"Oni"- Kawaii (cute) version. Illustration from Illust AC [Skin colour] Mostly red or blue. [Head] Afro like a Belgian footballer Marouane Fellaini who turned into red from blue, with two straight short horns.…

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Mt. Shirataki and the Love Rock

I thought we already reached our destination after losing liters of sweat pushing our bicycles and ourselves following the steep road going up to the mountain. I was wrong. We just reached the wide parking area and there we were still half way from the top.…

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Odaiba Trip: I Saw the Giant Robot

Have you already heard about giant robots in Japan? One of these life-size robots is located in a man-made island in Tokyo, the island of Odaiba. The robot, which is more popularly known as “Gundam”, seems to be a guardian of the island from enemy attacks.…

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Hanami

Imagine yourself standing underneath a canopy of Cherry Blossom trees (Sakura) in full bloom, its delicate petals slowly dancing in the gentle spring breeze blowing. Its sounds like a scene from a movie right? But for the Japanese people these is no movie, it happens every spring.…

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2D Adrenaline Rush: Sports Anime

You might think that the idea of combining anime and sports is boring. Well, think again. In this blog series, we’ll round up popular sports-themed animes and try to see for yourself how fun to watch these shows are. First will be Basketball and Soccer.…

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Kibi-dango (Dumpling with millet)

2014/06/05 | Food ,

Kibi-dango In “Momotarou”, “Kibi-dango” plays a very important role – bait to attract three animals and seduce them into the battle against “Oni”(Japanese demons). I love “Kibi-dango”, especially the plain one, but if you ask me whether I can fight against somebody like Chuck Norris for it, my answer is “Absolutely no way!!!” The present “Kibi-dango” is totally different from the original.…

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「所々」Ascending Miyajima’s Highest Peak: Mt. Misen

It’s a weekend and spring is just around the corner and there’s nothing to do! A new fiscal year is about to begin in japan in about 2 weeks! My friends and I decided to go for a spin and go to Hiroshima for a whole day trip.  …

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