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Japanese Newspapers

Even though Japan has the reputation of a Hightech country, print media such as magazines, comics and newspapers are still around and popular all over the country. Let’s take a closer look at Japanese newspapers or Shinbun (新聞). Japanese newspapers

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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 

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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Staying in Japan – Visa

If you intend to stay in Japan, there’s one thing that you have to take care of before your adventure – applying for a Japanese visa. There are many different visas you can apply for. In the following, we will

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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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Lucrezia from Italy Advertizes Fukuoka for InOut

Doing an internship in Japan has been a long-awaited dream for Lucrezia, and it will definitely give her an edge in her future career. Lucrezia is planning and leading guided tours through Fukuoka and the surrounding areas. Her last tour

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Katharina from Germany Works at Matsuda Architect

Katharina speaks Japanese very well already having been reading and learning about Japan for many years. However to become even more involved in Japanese business and social customs, she is currently doing a 6-week internship in an architecture firm. Katharina’s

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Saviana from Italy is doing an Internship at Mizu Trans

Saviana has come to Fukuoka and Japan for the first time to do an unpaid internship. The program started on January 15th, right after a successful job interview, and will finish on April 3rd. Saviana usually works from 11 am to 5

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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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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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The Japanese ways to prevent colds and flu

What does Japanese do first after greeting when they return home?
日本人が帰宅したとき、あいさつの後に最初に何をするでしょうか?

a) Go to restroom (トイレに行く)
b) Gargle & hand washing (うがいと手を洗う)
c) To drink water (水を飲む)

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January 22 is Curry Day (カレーの日)

In 1982 the School Dietitian Conference of Japan celebrated the 35th anniversary of school meals (給食 or “kyushoku”). To comemorate this day, it was decided that curry rice should be served on every January 22. The conference agreed on curry rice for

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Sometimes you see “Teru Teru Bōzu” (照る照る坊主) Dolls on buildungs.

When the weather is bad and it does not seem to change at all, you can sometimes see Teru Teru Bōzu dolls on buildungs. (照 る 照 る 坊 主) These dolls usually are made of white paper or cloth and

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【Sea Candle Workshop and Lunch】

This event is sponsored by the community of Iki island and organized at SUiTO FUKUOKA on January 20th from 11:30 to 14:00. Foreigners can join for free if they sign up for the Iki Island newsletter. During the event, you

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