culture

Hana Komon: Japan’s beautiful, samurai-style floral birthday crests

These emblems are more personal than a birthstone, and more inclusive than the family crests of Japan’s noble houses.

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Japan’s Kodo taiko group creates awesome new performance with 3D sound technology

The stunning sound and visuals in this new clip are designed to transport viewers to a Japanese festival as part of a new website for foreign tourists.

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Should you say “Itadakimasu,” Japan’s pre-meal expression of thanks, when eating by yourself?

Our Japanese-language writer used to give himself a pass, until he encountered a woman who changed his mind.

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20 signs that a woman should think about quitting the Japanese company she works for

While perseverance is a trait to be admired, there comes a point where “Suck it up, buttercup” is just terrible career advice.

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Increasing number of women leave rice behind at revolving sushi train restaurants in Japan

Unless sushi train restaurants add a new dish to their menus, the wasteful trend looks set to continue.

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Japanese love hotel makes plans to apply for Guinness World Record

The reason for their entry will surprise you.

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Amazing exhibition of Japan’s legendary “cursed katana” is going on right now【Photos】

Don’t forget to purify your soul before heading to this museum’s display of samurai swords that were designed to do just one thing: kill.

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Modern Primitives: New exhibit wonders what Jomon-period tattoos might have looked like【Photos】

The Jomon Tribe project delves into Japan’s prehistoric mystery with a stunning new photographic exhibition.

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Osaka mom gets attention online for unusual way of scolding her child at the train station

You’d never want to cross this Osaka mom, but it’s probably not for the reason you think.

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Honne vs Tatemae: When do Japanese people lie and when do they reveal their true feelings?

People on the street in Japan explain the reasons why they sometimes have to tell white lies in social situations.

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Tour Japan’s former capital dressed as a samurai or noble lady on awesome day trip from Tokyo

History buffs and cosplay fans won’t just look like samurai, but eat like them too on their visit to Kamakura.

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Tokyo photo studio turns you into street samurai with armor photo shoot in the heart of downtown

Shibuya photography session will give you a literal snapshot of two of the coolest aspects of Japan.

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Top 20 most popular castles in Japan revealed for 2016

How many of the top 20 most popular Japanese castles (according to TripAdvisor) have you been to?

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Clip-on oni horns from Japan will have your next cosplay looking devilishly cute 【Pics】

Hair accessories add a dash of cute yet fierce culture to your outfit.

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New product aimed at Japanese women and cosplayers helps to create a slimmer, taller nose

Before-and-after profile shots show the different effects produced by small and medium sizes.

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Jude Law stars in epic Japanese Pepsi commercial as legendary demon from tale of Momotaro

The British actor brings life to the origin story of a Japanese demon in a clip that plays out like a mesmerising high-budget feature film.

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Tokyo Sushi Academy offers lessons with all-you-can eat sushi, naturally we attend

The beloved Japanese food sushi is often thought to be dauntingly difficult to make, so can one of our reporters figure it out with a little help from the pros?

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The simple beauty of Japan’s “rock-paper-scissors” culture

Whether resolving a dispute, deciding who pays the check for lunch, or simply passing the time, Japan’s “Jan-ken” culture is simple, surprisingly elegant, and a lot of fun.

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Japanese commercial explaining how to greet a foreigner accused of racism

A Kirin “Rich Green Tea” ad teaching Japanese people the appropriate way to greet foreigners attracted some criticism online, with some calling it racist.

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This summer, take a real college Japanese culture course online through Keio University for free

It’s in both English and Japanese, so no language prerequisites here!

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