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Kanto(Tokyo, Yokohama)

February brings some of the most fun holidays to celebrate to the world: Setsubun in Japan, the Lunar New Year in China, Presidents Day, and of course Valentine’s Day. What better way to celebrate your love for Japan than to learn about traditional Japanese weddings? Tsurugaoka Hachimangu is a shrine complex with a rich history just a few minutes away from the Kamakura Station. Indisputably the most important shrine in the city...

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The Meiji Restoration Period of Japan (1868 – 1912) was the first major step away from the tradition and culture of Old World Japan. Japan had achieved tremendous accomplishments at the price of several crippling drawbacks. Embracing their Western contemporaries, Japan had great economic, militaristic, and technological growth as well as many Japanese immigrating to America in the late 1800’s, where my ancestry in America began. The...

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Like the words samurai, ninja, sushi, and emoji, “kawaii” is one of the Japanese phrases world widely known today. Doesn’t matter if you’re young or an adult, Japanese females in general are all obsessed with kawaii stuff!! Well not all, but most girls like me are 😉 Today I would like to show you few examples of kawaii culture in Japan.   “Kawaii” Characters From anime characters like...

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Celebrating Setsubun at Zojoji

Celebrating Setsubun at Zojoji


Posted By on Jan 11, 2016

Setsubun, held annually on February 3, is a traditional day to welcome in luck for the coming year. Compared to New Year’s solemn celebrations, Setsubun is a fun-filled day for the younger crowds. Costumed “ogres” are the target of  bean throwing by children and adults. Celebrities often entertain crowds during large Setsubun events by acting as emcees or as ogres. One large event held annually is at Zojoji in Tokyo....

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Being an all-time favorite among tourists, a typical weekend view in Asakusa is people smiling and taking photos in front of the Kaminarimon, the famous entrance gate with a large red lantern. Sensoji is located in the heart of the traditional old town Asakusa. After walking through the Kaminarimon, an 800 feet long shopping street Nakamise Dori entertains you on your way to the temple.   Established in the Edo Era, Nakamise Dori...

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Season’s greetings. 2016 is right around the corner and It’s an exciting time of year for the Japanese like any other country in the world. I mean who doesn’t celebrate the coming new year? Today I would like to briefly introduce you some Japanese customs and rituals associated with New year’s. Food wise: 年越し蕎麦 ”Toshikoshi soba” On new year’s eve, a typical ritual that we do to gain luck for...

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