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About Teru Teru Bozu Dolls

If the weather has been bad for a long period of period, you can sometimes see little dolls hung up on buildings. These dolls are called “Teru Teru Bozu” (照 る 照 る 坊 主) and are made traditionally by

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Karaoke – a Fun Thing to Do in Japan!

There are so many things you can do here in Fukuoka, really fun things to do. And for me, one of the most fun things to do is Karaoke.

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Yanagawa boat tour

Enjoy a boat trip on the Yanagawa River in a very Japanese way. The city of Yanagawa is located 70 kilometers south of Fukuoka. The train ride to Yanagawa, which is a very beautiful and peaceful old castle town, takes

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Nagasaki Lantern Festival 2018

From February 16 to March 4, you have the chance to attend the “Nagasaki Lantern Festival”. During this festival, a large number of lanterns is set up around the old and new China Town as well as at favorite tourists

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Owarai – Japanese Comedy on Television

Japanese television has a certain reputation with Western audiences for being extremely colorful and sometimes a little weird. In fact, Japan has a huge variety of game shows, entertainment programs and comedians who get broadcasted on television. Let’s take a

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Do (道) or the way of learning through repetition

Many Japanese arts and traditions were influenced by the Chinese and Buddhist culture. Similarly, the Chinese Taoism concept of 道 influenced Japanese philosophy. 道 is particularly used in traditional Japanese arts, either martial arts or aesthetic arts. The kanji “道”

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Chopsticks (お箸) are omnipresent in Japanese society. Nearly every Japanese dish at home or at a restaurant is eaten with chopsticks. So if you plan on visiting Japan, you had better get familiar with these tools, as they will appear everywhere

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Masks and their Meaning

When people who have not been to Japan watch Japanese television, a frequent question is “why is everybody wearing masks?” In today’s article, we will answer the question of the white masks that can be seen everywhere around Japan. Many

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Hakata-ben is spoken in the area of Fukuoka

Hakata-ben (博多弁) is a Japanese dialect spoken in the area of Fukuoka City on the southern island of Kyushu. The Hakata dialect developed in Hakata, an old port and merchant city on the east bank of the Naka-gawa. Towards the end of

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Setsubun, the return of spring

If it’s slowly getting warmer in Japan and there are the signs of spring floating through the air. There is a Japanese tradition for the change of seasons, setsubun (節分), let’s take a look: Setsubun is the day before the

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Dajare, some examples of Japanese Puns

Today’s article will be about jokes so buckle up. Most japanese people are not that much into sarcasm or black jokes as western people but they have their own kind of jokes based on their language: dajare (駄洒落). The idea

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11 Reasons Why Japanese Konbini Are Super Useful

If you stay in Japan, your closest Konbini (コンビニ) will surely become one of your best friends. In the following list, we will show up what makes the market’s concept so extremely useful. 1. Avoid getting wet in the rain

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Can’t Read the Air

Kuuki Yomenai or KY (空気読めない/くうきよめない) This expression literally means “can’t read the air”. It is used for people who don’t perceive the appropriate behavior in a given situation, or who are not able to pick up on subtle social clues.

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7 things you should avoid doing in Japan 

Japan is a very tolerant country, open-minded towards western visitors and the influences brought from other cultures. Nevertheless, Japan has its own do’s and don’ts, never outspoken rules and a codex of politeness. There are some things you probably do

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A List of Ten Japanese Metaphors and Proverbs for You

Almost any spoken language on this planet has its idioms and proverbs, and Japanese is no exception. In fact, the Japanese language contains thousands of metaphors and proverbs (諺 : ことわざ), too many to know them all. We have compiled

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