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Kaomoji: Expressing Emotions Through Text 2

As social media has become widespread, emoticons have played a significant role in communication through technology. They offer another range of “tone” and feeling through texting that portrays specific emotions through facial gestures while in the midst of text-based cyber communication.…

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Kaomoji: Expressing Emotions Through Text

An emotion icon, better known by the portmanteau emoticon is a meta-communicative pictorial representation of a facial expression that, in the absence of body language and prosody, serves to draw a receiver’s attention to the tenor or temper of a sender’s nominal verbal communication, changing and improving its interpretation.…

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White Day – Men’s Answer to Valentine’s Day in Japan

Tomorrow, March 14, is marked as White Day (ホワイトデー, Howaito Dē) in Japan and other Asian countries (South Korea, Taiwan, and China). It is observed exactly one month from Valentine’s Day. In Japan, Valentine’s Day is typically observed by girls and women presenting chocolate gifts (either store-bought or handmade), usually to boys or men, as an expression of love, courtesy, or social obligation.…

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Top Anticipated 2015 Spring Anime

A change of season in Japan also marks the change of animes on tv. As we are now into the middle of March, the Japanese site for character database and manga/anime stuff, Charapedia, again, asks 10,000 fans all over Japan on what titles they are looking forward to for the next season.…

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Karuta: Traditional Japanese Playing Cards – More Karuta Variations and Karuta in Popular Culture

In our previous post about the Japanese traditional card game karuta, we listed some of popular karuta variations. In this post, we will post more of these karuta variations and karuta in popular culture.…

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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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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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Let’s Play “Go”! – The Go Board Game in Modern Times and Popular Culture

The Go board game became popular not only in Asia but also in other countries. It also spawned many work of art and fictions.…

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Fukubukuro – Japanese Lucky Bags

Fukubukuro (福袋 literally means “lucky bag”, “mystery bag”) is a Japanese New Year custom in which merchants make grab bags filled with unknown random contents and sell them for a substantial discount, usually 50% or more off the list price of the items contained within.…

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New Year Holidays in Japan: Japanese Traditional Games

As kids, we all played games and while living in Japan I wondered what sort of games do kids here play. Were the games they played similar to the games I used to play growing up back home? Do they also roll over the dirt, enjoy playing catch or maybe play hide and seek?…

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