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6 Things Everybody Gets Wrong About Samurai

Steeped in a long history and plenty of mystery, the Samurai 侍 have been a cornerstone of Japanese mythology since 794 AD (Heian Period).  Having fought...

Big in Japan (Nagoya) – Aya Kawakami

Actress, University Teacher, Vocal Coach, and Singer, Aya is not easily thrown into just one category. She is a self-made, strong, modern woman, not...

The Lost Kingdom of Yamatai

The story of Atlantis is one of the oldest mysteries in the world. The tale of an entire Kingdom disappearing without any trace, is...
Temple in Osu

Is Japanism a Religion?

If you've been in Japan for a while, you know that this place is unlike any other in the World. The term Planet Japan,...

The Town That Banned Cucumbers

I remember being a kid and having an adversity to cucumbers. Had I known about Adose-Cho (網戸瀬町) in Fukui, I would've immediately moved there....

Get on your Bikes and Ride!!!

Cue the hit song Bicycle by Queen... Ready?  "I wanna ride my bicycle..... I wanna ride my bike.... (I know you're singing it in your...

Go to Hell! Tours depart daily!

Although interpretations vary depending on the region and sect, Buddhist tradition typically holds that after a person dies, their spirit must cross the Sanzu...

(NSFW) Shunga: Japanese Erotic Art

Every time there is some sort of tragedy, natural or otherwise, politicians and social commentators are quick to point the blame at some sort...

Undokai and Anarchism

If you are a parent in Japan and you have attended your child's undokai (運動会) or school sports day, then guess what: You're an...

Was WWII a Holy War?

That the emperor was considered a god in antebellum and wartime Japan is mostly an undisputed fact. How that notion of godhood compares to...

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