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The “Flip” Side of Sakura

31 March 2016 / Comments: 0

Actually, “Sakura“, cherry tree blossom, is not the main culprit, contrary to one may think. Cedar trees (“sugi”) are, as are cypresses (“hinoki”).
As beautiful as Spring season is in Japan (and by now, we assume you have heard of Sakura and

About Japan, Nobel Prizes and Yamatodamashii

22 March 2016 / Comments: 0

Japanese GDP is the third in the world and its advanced technologies are worldly known. Yet the number of Japanese Novel Prize winners is only 24.
That’s seventh in the world – though it is top for Asian countries. As far as natural sciences are

The Sense of Hygiene in Japan

16 March 2016 / Comments: 0

Yesterday we were discussing making sushis and thus grasping the rice … That triggered a question about hygiene.
So today we’ll discuss the sense of hygiene in Japan, which is important in this society. Learn more about the famous Japanese cleanliness

About Hayazushi and Narezushi

15 March 2016 / Comments: 0

While everyone knows about sushi, most foreign people may not know that there are various kinds of Sushi in Japan. To simplify, kinds of Sushi can be divided into two types: “早鮨” (“Hayazushi“) and “なれ鮨” (“Narezushi“).
“Haya” means “quick”, “Nare” means “become”. The difference between these

About High School Uniforms in Japan

14 March 2016 / Comments: 0

March signals the end of the school year in Japan. Time to discuss the world-famous Japanese high school uniforms. All manga readers are familiar with those uniforms.
While schools have, understandably, their own uniforms, did you know that trends vary from

Why Do Japanese Eat Fugu?

11 March 2016 / Comments: 0

Most people don’t like Winter because it’s cold. Yet, there are still benefits and things to enjoy from this season. For example, during winter in Japan, many Japanese people enjoy “鍋料理” (“Nabe ryori”, or “one pot meal”). Above all, “Fugu