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Go west : Moomin Cafe in Hakata, Fukuoka

There are several famous things with the name of Hakata: Hakata Dontaku (a big festival), Hakata ningyou (“ningyou” means “doll”), Hakata ramen (ramen noodle with pork bone broth) and Hakata mentai (“mentai” is a short version of “mentai-ko”, “seasoned cod roe”).…

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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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Go west : Hakata in Fukuoka – General Info

Many native English speakers laughs when they see the name of the prefecture, Fukuoka. (The common Japanese name “Takeshita” also makes them laugh.) The name “Hakata” “Hakata” is actually not the official name of the present city. The city’s name is the same as the prefecture’s: “Fukuoka”.…

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North by northwest: Adachi Museum of Art, Shimane

Adachi Museum of Art - A dog near the museum - Lovely! General Information The entrance fee is quite expensive to compare with other museums. Almost the same (or higher) price as Vatican Museums. It’s 2300 yen (about 20 US dollars!) for an adult as of February 2015.…

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Hinamatsuri – A Festival of Dolls

Today, March 3, is Hinamatsuri (雛祭り) in Japan. Though hina (雛) literally means a young bird or a chick, the day is also called Doll’s Day or Girl’s Day. On this day, families with girls wish their daughters a successful and happy life.…

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North by northwest: Sakaiminato, Tottori

Sakaiminato in Tottori Sakaiminato is a port city in Tottori prefecture. “Sakai” means “border” in Japanese, and “Minato” is “port”. It is famous for a Japanese cartoonist called “Shigeru Mizuki”. (“Shigeru” is his first name.) He grew up there. His best known work is “Ge ge ge no Kitaro”, and the city has a street called “The Mizuki Shigeru Road”, which is dedicated to the work with more than hundred statues of its characters.…

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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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Basic Japanese : Japanese business titles

The last post of “Japanese honorific titles” series. For people who are in a (supposed-to-be) honorary post, their business titles are generally used. There are too many to pick up everything, so I just write about some of the most common ones.…

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Karuta: Traditional Japanese Playing Cards – Variations

Mastering karuta requires a combination of quick reflexes and memorization. And for the Japanese language learner, karuta also offers the perfect blend of procrastination and productivity, a way to work and play at same time.…

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Karuta: Traditional Japanese Playing Cards – History

Karuta (かるた) is a Japanese card game. It is from the Portuguese word “carta” which means card. The basic idea of any karuta game is to be able to quickly determine which card out of an array of cards is required and then to grab the card before it is grabbed by an opponent.…

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