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Monthly Archive:2015/02

Valentine’s Day in Japan 2 – Types of Chocolates

Tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day. As we featured in Valentine’s Day in Japan post, Japan has also their way of celebrating this day. As there was a mistranslation in some point in Japan’s Valentine’s Day history, only girls give chocolates to boys during this day.…

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To visit Japan in a typhoon season – Part 1 –

In August of 2014, my friend and I planned to visit an ancient burial mound called “Imashiro-zuka kofun” in Osaka. We booked a hotel called “Intercontinental Osaka” for two nights, where it is accessible directly from the JR Osaka station through a skybridge.…

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Kenkoku Kinen no Hi or National Foundation Day

The National Foundation Day (建国記念の日, Kenkoku Kinen no Hi) is a public holiday in Japan and is celebrated every year on 11th February. The day is celebrated to commemorate the formation of the nation and also for the establishment of the imperial line by the first Japanese ruler, Jimmu.…

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Nara Quest : Toshodaiji Temple (唐招提寺)

Toshodaiji Temple Toshodaiji Temple, a world heritage, is the headquarters of the Ritsu Sect of Buddhism. The temple was established in 759 when Ganjin Wajo(688 to 763), a high Buddhist priest of the Tang Dynasty, opened Toritsushodai-ji Temple here to help people learn the Buddhism by Japanese Buddhists studying in China,Ganjin Wajo decided to go to Japan.…

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Valentine’s Day in Japan

February is known to be the love month in some parts of the world. It is because of the Valentine’s Day on February 14. As we can see in Japanese shows and anime, there’s also a hype especially among schoolgirls when this time of the year comes.…

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Basic Japanese : Formal Japanese honorific titles

At first, I was going to write about how to say “you” in Japanese, but the most common “you” word is a person’s name usually with suffix like “san”, “kun”, or “chan”. (ex. Hanako-san) This way of calling is used as third person as well.…

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Shogi, The General’s Board Game – Shogi Pieces

Last time, we talked about the history and origin of the game shogi. In this post, we will learn the pieces use in shogi.…

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Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo – Exploring inside and out

In my previous post here, I talked about how to get the tickets and directions to Ghibli Museum. This time, I will share some details about the museum itself — inside and out. The building is covered with ivy plants.(Photo taken from balcony on the way to the rooftop) Sadly, I didn’t have enough time to check all areas in the museum and its vicinity.…

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Setsubun – Driving Demons Out and Luck In

Japan is blessed to have four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The word setsubun (節分, seasonal division) referred to the days marking the change from one season to the next. So, originally there were four of them, but nowadays, only the day before the beginning of spring in the traditional Japanese calendar, called risshun (立春) is called by that name.…

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Nara Quest : Yakushiji Temple (薬師寺)

The history of Yakushiji Temple Late in the 7th century(A.D.680), the erection of Yakushiji was planned Emperor Temmu to pray for the recovery of his Empress from a serious illness. The construction of Yakushiji on the site of Asuka, the south part of Nara, in the Fujiwara Capital, was not completed before the Emperor’s death.…

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