Japanese Life & Culture
Effective from February 2017, the last Friday of the month, the Japanese are to look at Fridays from a fresh perspective - one different from another.
February 15, 2017 at 9:22 pm
Shogi is an Asian version of chess just as popular in Japan as the game of Go.
February 6, 2017 at 12:01 am
February 3 features a unique ritual in Japan: parched beans are thrown to drive evils away and invite good fortune in.
January 30, 2017 at 11:15 pm
In the town of Chantancho, Okinawa, a rare piece of clayware of the Jomon Era (14000 BC - several centuries BC) was unearthed - the kind that has been found hitherto only in Aomori, the northernmost mainland region.
January 15, 2017 at 10:10 pm
Over sixty Japanese high school students called on the outgoing US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Bouvier Kennedy at her official residence January 13 to join a "Hyakunin Isshu Karuta" game held in conjunction with the annual New Year's poetry reading at the Palace.
January 9, 2017 at 11:55 pm
The traditional Oriental calendar signifies the year 2017 a "Year of Bird" when everything starts afresh high up into the sky.
January 4, 2017 at 1:10 am
Japan abounds in traditional ceremonies so unique that foreigners are often taken aback, as western housewives use kitchen knives everyday thinking nothing of them - except, perhaps, how to keep them sharp enough - and find no reason for a ceremony for the knife's sake.
December 27, 2016 at 12:21 am
Shogi or chess is not exactly my favorite game and it wouldn't matter who won against whom, but this event is something worth reporting
December 22, 2016 at 12:17 am
Tea-cups come in all sizes and designs - some quite ordinary everyday cups while other rare ones in the class of national treasures.
December 21, 2016 at 3:56 am
I wonder if you've heard of Diamond Fuji - a diamond atop the Mt Fuji, a natural phenomenon observed about this time of the year.
December 8, 2016 at 1:09 am
Japan is a melting pot of legendary rituals, and you'll get a kick out of a thanksgiving "laughter" association in Yamaguchi, southern Japan.
November 23, 2016 at 8:08 pm
The Welfare-Labor Minister's advisory body, the Central Social Insurance Medical Council, agreed to bring down the price of the revolutionary cancer drug Opdivo by 50%, effective February, next year.
November 18, 2016 at 11:56 pm
To follow up the last episode on a battle Udon vs. Soba, I have a piece of sour data for Udon fans - rather, a convincing warning to cut down on your Udon consumption to guard against diabetes.
November 17, 2016 at 8:55 pm
In case you are not familiar with a stuff called "soba", here's your chance to get acquainted with one of the popular foods known to every Japanese - including myself, an ardent fan of this thing - Soba.
November 14, 2016 at 8:59 am
In case you are not familiar with the Japanese term "ama" you might add it in passing to your vocabulary - meaning "women shell diver": "a" for sea and "ma" for women.