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Japanese Culture

The Big Sushi Lesson

Layne Lieberman | Posted 09.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Layne Lieberman

There are rules when it comes to dining out at an authentic Japanese sushi bar! Recently, I visited a traditional Japanese sushi bar in Vancouver, B...

Praying for Pretty in Kyoto

Gail Nakada | Posted 07.18.2016 | Travel
Gail Nakada

Praying and buying charms at Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines famous for lucky attributes are Japanese rites of passage at every stage of life. Given our passion for pretty, why should beauty be any exception? For centuries, women (and men) have sought a spiritual cosmetic boost from two famous Kyoto shrines: Kawai Jinja and Utsukushi Gozensha.

Japan's Empty Bow

David Wagner | Posted 05.19.2016 | Business
David Wagner

I have been on a rant of late regarding what I call the "Empty Japanese Bow". As we know, the Japanese bow in business is deeply rooted in cultural t...

Full Moon Zen

Kenneth Kraft | Posted 04.28.2016 | Religion
Kenneth Kraft

The moon has been an object of wonder throughout human history. A glowing orb that shrinks to nothing and then comes back? In Buddhism, the moon is an...

Suwa Shrine in Kobe, Japan

Jacqueline Hadel | Posted 04.08.2016 | Travel
Jacqueline Hadel

First gate to walk past. Torii. A traditional Japanese gate serving as the entrance to a Shinto shrine or any Japanese Buddhist temples. For the Japa...

Kyoto Kiss and Tell: Love Shrines Pt. 2

Gail Nakada | Posted 03.14.2016 | Travel
Gail Nakada

Votive tablets at Kyoto's Yasaka Jinja send love wishes on their celestial flight path. Photo by Gail Nakada. History and beauty are not the only rea...

Tokyo's Tsukiji: Going, Going, But Not Really Gone

Gail Nakada | Posted 02.25.2016 | Travel
Gail Nakada

The damp, dark, and endearingly dirty Tsukiji wholesale fish and produce market is being transported to a boring spit of landfill near Toyosu Station. Or so the headlines shout. That's not exactly true.

Strong US Dollar Makes Japan Travel Affordable

The Editors Of Live and Invest Overseas | Posted 02.23.2016 | Fifty
The Editors Of Live and Invest Overseas

I love a sale, and I'm never one to pass up a bargain, especially if the item is one that I've had my eye on for years. So I was thrilled to see, starting a few months ago, that Japan is on sale.

Kyoto Kiss and Tell: The City's Best Love Shrines

Gail Nakada | Posted 02.12.2016 | Travel
Gail Nakada

History and beauty are not the only reasons Japanese choose which of the hundreds of temples and shrines to put on their Kyoto to-do lists. For centuries (and longer) certain shrines have made a reputation for themselves as especially lucky in love.

How to Not Overeat

Kasia Wezowski | Posted 02.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Kasia Wezowski

Japanese people have a saying: harahachibunme. It means: Eat until you are 80 percent full. When I first heard about that, it was impossible for me. I...

7 Hours in Japan

Ren Dungari | Posted 01.13.2016 | Travel
Ren Dungari

Danielle's eyes began to water as she didn't want to disappoint her best friend. Instead, she smiled. If Bourdain could do it, she too, could enjoy the unknown parts of Japan... Even if was only for the first seven hours.

Getting Lucky in Tokyo's Asakusa

Gail Nakada | Posted 01.04.2016 | Travel
Gail Nakada

The Seven Gods of Good Luck play an important part in Japan's love of luck. These deities made their way from India and China along the Buddhist trail with one Japanese Shinto Kami (god/spirit) thrown in for good measure.

Hidden In Brooklyn: The Japanese Izakaya Restaurant You Should Know About

Brad Hobbs | Posted 12.23.2015 | Taste
Brad Hobbs

New York is a city built on culture. With Culture brings prized national dishes, chances are, if you live in New York or visit, your taste buds have v...

7 Things You Need to Do to Understand Japan

Amy Chavez | Posted 12.15.2015 | Travel
Amy Chavez

Bathing in very hot natural springs is a tradition in Japan thanks to the volcanic landscape that ensures a plethora of thermal springs. And bathing is at the heart of the Japanese culture of cleanliness.

A Window Into Japan's Millennials and Boomers

Crystal Kadakia | Posted 12.08.2015 | Business
Crystal Kadakia

Generational challenges and Millennial themes are not 100% the same worldwide. Big surprise, right? Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I visited Tokyo, Ja...

The Japanese Way: How to Eat Japanese Food Like the Natives

KitchHike | Posted 08.04.2016 | Taste
KitchHike

When eating one's meal, there are a few points to keep in mind, particularly when using one's chopsticks. There are a number of taboos when it comes to using chopsticks, but here are some important ones to remember.

This High School Baseball Player Must've Been A Jedi Knight In Another Life

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 07.23.2015 | Sports

No, he's not calling his shots a la Babe Ruth. He's just doing what he always does. This baseball player for Namekama High School in Japan doesn't hav...

19 Sushi Myths You Probably Believe

Thrillist | Posted 05.29.2016 | Taste
Thrillist

It's no surprise that the world of sushi has developed its own set of myths, exaggerations, and bold-faced lies.

Haruki Murakami Is Here To Answer Your Questions

HuffPost Korea | Sae Hee Park | Posted 01.08.2015 | Books

Nine years after Haruki Murakami's last online exchanges with fans, Murakami’s publisher Shinchosa Co. has announced that they are planning to launc...

What Japan Can Teach You About Living A Long, Healthy Life

Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living

Want to know where to look to live a long, prosperous, healthy life? It’s simple. Just look east. Japan, the land that gave us such treasures as ...

Takashi Murakami's Smiley Faces On A Mushroom Cloud

Pico Iyer | Posted 07.05.2014 | World
Pico Iyer

Every time I look at the work of Takashi Murakami, I see both the super cute, charming surfaces for which Japan is rightly famous and all the demons that peek out behind them. He dreams up lovable blobs and dolls and oversized cuties to ask his compatriots what might be the cost of holding onto such childish things.

13 Photos Of Japanese Vacation Spots Reveal A Very Different View Of Relaxation

Posted 02.20.2014 | Arts

Japanese photographer Nobuto Osakabe's series "Holiday Making" captures popular relaxation destinations sprinkled around Japan, from pristine snowy mo...

You Have To See These Japanese Game Shows To Believe Them. But Even Then You Won't.

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy

To the West, the world of Japanese game shows is best known as a technicolored whirlwind of half-naked bodies, sadomasochistic physical challenges, an...

What Americans Can Learn from the Japanese

Monique Svazlian Tallon, CPCC | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Monique Svazlian Tallon, CPCC

I recently took a trip to Japan, and got a first hand look at this centuries-old culture. Although only there for a week, it was enough time to leave a hugely positive impression and inspired thinking about what we as Americans can learn from the Japanese.

On Japanese People and Whales

Hiroshi Yamaguchi | Posted 10.07.2013 | World
Hiroshi Yamaguchi

It is OK to discuss the issue from the viewpoints of biodiversity or environmental balance as long as they remain scientific arguments. If some kinds of whales are on the brink of extinction, we should stop the whaling of them. But if the criticism comes from cultural difference or preference, I would argue that there are other cultures in other places.