Japanese Life & Culture

What's So Super about a Friday?

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 Professional Miura 9-dan Lost First Comeback Game

Shogi is an Asian version of chess just as popular in Japan as the game of Go.

February 6, 2017 at 12:01 am

Oniwa-soto, Fukuwa-uchi! : Bean-Throwing Ritual

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

Rare Jomon Clayware Unearthed in Okinawa

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

Outgoing US Ambassador Kennedy Enjoyed "Karuta" at Official Residence January 13

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

Public Library Offers "Grab Book Bag" to Encourage Book Reading

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

Traditional Carving Knife Ceremony

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

14-Year-Old Shogi Prodigy Outplayed 62 Years Older Veteran

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

National Treasure-Class "Yohen Tenmoku" Found in TV Show

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

Diamond Fuji Far Away from Tokyo

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

"Warai Koh" - Thanksgiving Association in Yamaguchi

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

Super Cancer Drug Down-Priced 50%

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

Udon Eaters Watch Out!

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

Season-Fresh "Soba" Ready to Serve!

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

"Ama" Summit Opened in Ise-Shima

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.

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