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The Battle of Sekigahara

October 21st, 1600 marks one of, nay, arguably THE most important battle in Japanese history. This event led to the eventual end of the...

Iaido–The Ancient Art of Swordsmanship Entering a New Age

For those who have never heard the word, Iaido is a Japanese martial art which trains you, in both body and mind, how to...

Hachiko – An incredible story of loyalty, love, and friendship

Oftentimes referred to as man’s best friend, dogs hold a very special place in our hearts. Many stories tell of their undying devotion to,...

What you did not know about Geisha (芸者)

Which three words come into your mind immediately when you think of Geisha? For me, beauty, mystery, and grace come to mind, as does...

Should Tattoos Continue to be Banned From Onsen in Japan?

Spring and early Summer means relaxation, travel, and for many people, it also means a visit to an Onsen (温泉; natural hot springs).  As a volcanically active country,...

Why are there no Empresses in Japan?

The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women made headlines recently after deciding to remove criticism about Japan's male-only imperial succession. The...

Where were you on 3/11/2011? Part III: Achim

A lot can happen in 5 years. It's actually quite amazing how fast time flies in Japan. It's already been 5 years since the...

7 Things you didn’t know about Ninja

Imposing figures in black, hiding in the shadows, and moving about with almost superhuman agility seem like nothing but cool stories told to tourists...

16 Facts About Japan for 2016

Well, it's finally officially 2016 - The year of the Monkey. As we are already into the 2nd week of the new year, I hope...

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...