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An Introduction to Shrines, and Questions You Might Feel It’s Too Late to Ask: Let’s take one more look at the rituals and practices of Japan’s traditional religions (Shinto).

The first day of the year, regular days, unlucky years, lucky years, and weddings. These are some of the many times practically every Japanese person has visited a Shinto shrine. But when you stop and think about it, do you really know what to do at shrines? Can you explain …

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Japanese sake, the global phenomenon — try it for yourself! An up-to-date beginner’s guide to Japanese sake.

We’re beginning to see renewed interest in Japanese sake from young people here in Japan. Its meteoric rise is far from over abroad as well. According to the National Tax Agency (NTA), 2015 saw 14 billion yen worth of sake exports. That’s 121.8% of the previous year, making it the …

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What is Japan’s “Kawaii! Culture” so loved by the world? Let’s review basic facts about “Kawaii! Culture” that you have been too afraid to ask!

It was 2010 when Takashi Murakami, a worldly contemporary artist, proposed for a “strategic ‘Cool Japan’ method of production in the art world,” leading to the appearance of the Cool Japan Advisory Council at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2010. While Cool Japan is Japan’s all-nation effort …

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5 things you should know about Okunoin Temple in Mount Koya before you visit it

Okunoin Temple in Mount Koya is very popular and is visited by many tourists from overseas, so I would now like to introduce 5 things you should know about it before visiting. (The following article contains information on rituals and practices that include components based on Japan’s traditional religions (such …

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The Epitome of Summer! 5 Recommended Kanto Fireworks Shows

Summer means fireworks! But it seems like there are a lot of people who don’t know what kind of festivals there are, or where they can find them. We’ll be introducing 5 recommended fireworks shows you can visit in the Kanto area. 1.Sumida River Fireworks Festival (Tokyo) This fireworks show …

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Things to know about soba noodles you eat on a daily basis

With an increase in interactions with overseas countries and foreign visitors to Japan, there are more volunteering efforts to help foreign visitors to Japan who are unfamiliar with Japanese cultures to have a cultural exchange. The #1 problem that foreign visitors are facing is table manners. It is difficult for …

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A casual experience with traditional Japanese clothes! A service where you can enjoy the city in a cultured way

When enjoying sightseeing or a date in the traditional areas of Kyoto, Asakusa, or Kamakura, it can be a new and interesting experience to explore the city in traditional Japanese clothes. We would like to introduce the traditional Japanese clothing services that tourists can enjoy without any preparation. 1.Rental kimono …

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Choosing a present for your friends abroad? Here are 10 best casual souvenirs from Japan

It can be difficult for a Japanese person to know what makes good souvenirs for people abroad. This post will help you with 10 picks of Japanese souvenirs that are easy to buy and popular for foreigners. 1.Facial sheet packs While Japanese cosmetics are popular worldwide from expensive to casual …

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Experience the Ultimate in Relaxation! 3 Famous Local Onsens You Should Visit If You Come to the Kinki Region

Ōsaka and Hyōgo, Nanki in Wakayama, Kōsei and Kotou in Shiga, Ise in Mie, and all of Nara and Kyōto—the Kinki region is overflowing with attractions and highlights for tourists. There are plenty of historical buildings, as well as shrines and temples of every kind to visit, not to mention …

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A Feature of Japanese New Year—Hatsumode! Let’s take one more look at the rituals and practices of Japan’s traditional religions (Shinto)

While the Japanese new year cannot be celebrated without hatsumode, many of us are amazingly unfamiliar with the etiquettes for it. So, let’s take a look at them and brush them up. (The following article contains information on rituals and practices that include components based on Japan’s traditional religions (such …

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