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Speak like a samurai with these four antiquated words

Speak like a samurai with these four antiquated words

The age of the samurai makes one of the best thematic settings for any Japanese movie or TV show. There are so many great historical figures to profile, and even more fictional characters to imagine ourselves as! We might have the look, but how did they talk? What words did they use?

The Japanese language has a word for this “samurai language” called monofu-go. An accidental de gozaru (samurai for “to be”) and a parting katajikenai (samurai for “grateful” or “indebted”) is only the beginning of being “old school” cool. Well fear not, RocketNews24 brings you level two! Here are four more phrases and words that were used back in the day that will help you expand your monofu-go vocabulary!

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Date that deity! Japan picks the top 5 most dateable Buddhas

Date that deity! Japan picks the top 5 most dateable Buddhas

With the popularity of Saint Young Men, a story about Buddha and Jesus living together in Japan, readers have had the chance to imagine how a god would react to everyday life. Do they live up to their holy ideals? Or are they a little more human? Some avid readers have gone beyond those basics to imagining themselves dating one of these divine deities!

And why limit yourself to the Jesus or Buddha of Saint Young Men, when there is a directory full of other Buddhas to pursue?! We took to the streets of Nara and Kamakura, famous hot spots for Buddhist temples, and polled women on which Buddha they would want to date! 

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Need a change of scenery? 3 Japanese cities now rank in list of world’s most livable cities

Need a change of scenery? 3 Japanese cities now rank in list of world’s most livable cities

Everything has been coming up Tokyo lately. Recently ranked no. 1 on a Trip Advisor survey, Japan’s capital city has now come in at No. 2 on Monocle’s list of most livable cities for 2014. That’s two positions up from their ranking last year!

Cities across the world were ranked based on criteria such as economics, society, functionality, as well as ease of everyday living and happiness of people. But it’s not just Tokyo that’s feeling the love recently – two more Japanese cities made it onto the list of great places to live!

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30 common characteristics of people who fall in love with Japan

30 common characteristics of people who fall in love with Japan

Chances are since you’re visiting our site, you probably already have an interest in Japan or other Asian countries. But have you ever had a friend who knows next to nothing about Japan, but you just have a feeling that they would come to love the island country given the right incentive?

If so, you may recognize some characteristic qualities of that friend in the following list written by Japanese blogger and all-around-life expert Madame Riri. This time, she’s come up with some common traits of foreigners who grow to love Japan based on her own observations from time spent abroad. 

Do you find yourself conforming to any of the following patterns?

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Enough already! 10 all-too-common occurrences in Japanese anime

Enough already! 10 all-too-common occurrences in Japanese anime

Let’s play a game. I’m going to say a word, and you have to say the first thing that pops into your mind. OK, ready? Here it goes: ANIME!

What was the first thing that you thought of? Maybe the stereotypical big eyes, or common visual aids like sweat drops? Regardless, chances are you weren’t alone in your thinking–even though there are some incredibly original and groundbreaking works of Japanese animation, there are unfortunately just as many series with incredibly clichéd story lines.  

It appears that an article covering this topic from last year on science and science-fiction-themed website i09 has recently been making the rounds online. Translated versions of the piece, titled “10 completely annoying anime cliches,” have just recently popped up on Chinese and Japanese websites under the tagline “10 conventions in anime that foreigners are fed up with.”

We bet you’ll have no problem recognizing them!

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The top 20 most eagerly anticipated anime of summer 2014, as chosen by fans!

The top 20 most eagerly anticipated anime of summer 2014, as chosen by fans!

Summer is almost here! In Japan, that means it’s almost time for fun summer festivals, wearing cute cotton yukata, chowing down on kakigōri until inducing brain freeze, smashing watermelons on the beach, and just generally lazing about the house with fans on full blast and complaining about the insufferable heat.

In the anime world, summer means a whole new season of shows to look forward to (and the obligatory “boobikinis-at-the-beach-swimsuit-episode”). In fact, popular anime informational website Charapedia asked 10,000 fans to pick their most anticipated anime show of summer 2014, and we’ve got the results.

Which series do you think made the No. 1 spot?

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“Do you have anything to declare?” Here are 15 things banned in certain countries

“Do you have anything to declare?” Here are 15 things banned in certain countries

Does your country have everything you need? If it doesn’t, usually the internet can provide for you. But in some specific cases, there are certain products or contraband that just aren’t allowed in a particular country. Here’s a list of 15 things that are currently not allowed, or weren’t allowed at some point!

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How mean are you? Compare your life with the average Japanese person

How mean are you? Compare your life with the average Japanese person

Feeling a little average these days? Sometimes it can be hard to get a sense of where you stand with the general public in terms of health, wealth, or Twitter followers. For that we present a compilation of averages that news compilation site Naver Matome found across the web.

If you’re Japanese and want to see how you match up to your fellow citizens, or if you live abroad and want to see how your life stacks up to those in Japan take a look. Chances are you’ll find something that’ll make you feel exceptional.

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Taboo behavior abroad according to Japanese travelers

Taboo behavior abroad according to Japanese travelers

Traveling can be dangerous business and when making the journey to another country you should always learn the do’s and don’ts to avoid unnecessary trouble or international incidents. That’s why website Naver Matome rounded up a bunch of random things that visitors to other countries should avoid doing to stay safe and enjoy their time there. Let’s take a look at the list, bearing in mind that although these rules are regarding other countries, they certainly provide some insight to how things are in Japan too.

We’ll make this world tour going West to East starting with…

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Six things that 70 percent of Japanese people are likely to do

Six things that 70 percent of Japanese people are likely to do

We all have our little idiosyncrasies that we think only we do, and people in Japan are no exception. However, one little infographic that surfaced online this week seems to have struck a chord with netizens in Japan. Although the title Things that 70 percent of Japanese people are likely to do at first seemed like an arbitrarily imagined statistic, reader reaction seems to suggest it’s actually right on the money!

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Fat earlobes, flowers, and cheap tea: Superstitions in Japan

Fat earlobes, flowers, and cheap tea: Superstitions in Japan

All of us have our own little habits and quirks that defy common sense. It’s human nature to harbor even just a little superstitious tendency now and then, whether it be not watching a pot boil or leaving a shower curtain open.

Even on a larger scale, entire cultures have their own customs that are performed with very few people asking why. For example, why does a bride throw her flowers at a crowd of women? Why was a stork chosen as the bird we trust to deliver our newborn babies?

Although, you’ll probably notice that some of these superstitions exist in your own country too, the following are a few customs and superstitions active in Japan along with some theories on how they came to be.

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What Are You Afraid Of? 19 Bizarre Phobias Revealed

What Are You Afraid Of? 19 Bizarre Phobias Revealed

Phobias are strange things, turning seemingly innocuous objects and situations into catalysts of fear. The following 19 phobias include some that are common knowledge, whereas others are a little more.. unorthodox. Can you get through the list unfazed, or is there something in there that gives you the chills?

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The Five Most Popular Places to Kill Oneself or The Top Five Places to Save a Life

The Five Most Popular Places to Kill Oneself or The Top Five Places to Save a Life

Japan often gets a reputation as a suicide-heavy nation but the social problem of self-destruction is something all parts of the world have to tackle.

The following is a list of five places in the world where suicides have most often occurred. It’s a bittersweet honor in that they are all either places of extreme natural beauty of impressive feats of engineering.

On the other hand, they are also places and countries that clearly do too little to prevent either the mental illness that leads to suicide of the act itself.

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Off to College Comics: The Top 10 Manga for Those University Bound

Off to College Comics: The Top 10 Manga for Those University Bound

Spring is the time of graduation ceremonies in Japan and while the junior high school students are ruffling feathers with their risqué photos, the high school kids are getting ready for that life-changing transition to college life.

After countless hours of prep courses and after-school cram schools they have acquired the knowledge to enter tertiary education, but very little instruction is given on how to adapt to the social life of university.

That’s where manga comes in. To fill that void of knowledge, Naver has compiled a list of comics that have hit home with university students in Japan. Sure, some of them deal with unrealistic subject matter such as conversations with bacteria, but they still manage to capture the general atmosphere of college life pretty well.

So without further ado, if you’re about to make the switch to a campus or if you’re just looking for a new manga series to get into, sit back and enjoy this list of university-themed manga.

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The Best of the Best of Manga: Shonen Jump’s 20 Best Sellers of All-Time

The Best of the Best of Manga: Shonen Jump’s 20 Best Sellers of All-Time

As anyone will tell you, Japan is home to many major manga “monthlies” and “weeklies,” and of course the can be bought virtually everywhere from convenience stores to train stations. Among these many titles, however, it is without a doubt that Weekly Shonen Jump reigns supreme.

In the 90s the popularity of Shonen Jump soared and the stories it put out captured the hearts of young Japanese boys and girls everywhere, resulting in peak of 6 million copies sold. Although those numbers have fallen to 3 million in recent years, the company has stuck to its tried and true formula. Popular titles such as Dragon Ball and One Piece get serialized weekly in the magazine and then 10 episodes are compiled into comic books.

In this article we’re going to show you the all-time sales ranking of these books – something that we’re sure will appeal to both manga fans and newbies alike.

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More Countries Join the New List of 100 Busiest Train Stations, Japan Still Claims 82 of Them

More Countries Join the New List of 100 Busiest Train Stations, Japan Still Claims 82 of Them

A few days after a mysterious list of the 51 busiest train stations in the world emerged on the Internet an expanded version listing the 100 busiest train stations around the globe has shown itself.

Although other countries such as China and Germany made appearances, the densely populated island of Japan still holds 82 of the bustling transport hubs. And while Japan seems full of stations that resemble Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, only the top 10 are really that freakishly large and chaotic.

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Eight Unique Japanese Karaoke Experiences for When You’re Tired of the Same Old Song and Dance

Eight Unique Japanese Karaoke Experiences for When You’re Tired of the Same Old Song and Dance

Karaoke is one of those quintessential modern Japanese experiences.

Crowd into a tiny private room and take your on the uncomfortable pleather sofa, fumble around with the video remote control as you decide what you could possibly sing that other people would know, order a few drinks and bam, before you know it you’re tapping a tambourine as your friend belts out “Cruel Angel Thesis” with a Strawberry Pocky lodged up their nose.

But if you get bored of the same old karaoke shenanigans above (“Cruel Angel Thesis,” the Evangelion theme song, makes it to top 10 karaoke lists every year; Strawberry Pocky nose-plugs are just a by-product of alcohol), Naver Matome has put together a list of eight unusual karaoke joints that offer an experience beyond just singing to a television screen!

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