Japanese Life & Culture

Visit Japan's "White Heron" Castle While It's White

Registered a world's Cultural Heritage in 1993, the castle is now drawing thousands of visitors, 1.5 million to be exact, from all parts of the country and abroad.

September 26, 2015 at 5:31 pm

Foreign Chefs to Master Proper Japanese Cooking

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will introduce next fiscal year's new system to certificate foreign chefs of Japanese cuisine.

September 25, 2015 at 4:25 pm

Selfie Sticks Banned from Japanese Train Stations

Today in Japan selfie sticks are banned even at the train stations.

September 24, 2015 at 7:51 pm

"Cry Oh Baby Cry" : Crying Baby Festivals in Japan

Tateyamacho, Kanuma City, has an ages-old "Cry Oh Baby Cry" Festival in the precincts of Ikiko Shrine every September.

September 23, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Japan's Champion Pumpkin to Challenge World Contest in California

The 29th Japan Giant Pumpkin Contest was held in Shodoshima's "Furusato Mura", September 20, and Kouji Ueno, 54, a company employee from Kamogawa, Chiba, won the championship.

September 22, 2015 at 2:17 pm

"Sweets Train"? Another Cool Train Ready to Run in Japan

The two-coach train is named "ARU RESSHA (Amazon Royal Universal Train)" designed by the reputed industrial designer Eiji Mitsuoka who designed that formidable Super Sleeping Coach "Seven Stars".

September 22, 2015 at 11:23 am

71-Year-Old Canned-Rice Looks Fresh as Ever

Canned food is meant to "live on" but not "for 71 years"..... But, then, here's an extraordinary case of a canned-rice having survived that many years and its contents still looks fresh and shiny.

September 19, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Tyrannosaurus vs. Triceratops: Rice Straw Art in Niigata, Japan

Niigata now has the "Rice Straw Art Festival" to draw just as many tourists in Niigata, the home of rice reputed for the tastiest rice in Japan.

September 19, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Japanese Doctor Proved 30-Minute Kiss Lightens Allergic Reaction

Japan's physician Hajime Kimata, 62, was awarded this Year's Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine for his revelation of the effect of a 30 minute kiss to lighten allergic reaction.

September 17, 2015 at 10:14 pm

Learn English through the Bible - A Cool Idea in Japan

A unique textbook was published for learning English, based on 18 stories handpicked from the Bible.

September 17, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Gundam, Washoku, Yukata, Farm-Tour, Crayon Shin-Chan, and What Else?

Fujiyama and geisha used to be topmost keywords for foreign tourists visiting Japan but not anymore.

September 15, 2015 at 8:34 pm

Tokai University in Japan to Open an All-English Internal Cafe

It's about an "international cafe" about to open in the university campus and whether it is welcome or just a nuisance. The argument is ongoing in the Shonan Campus of Tokai University in Hiratsuka, Kanazawa.

September 14, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Cave Man Returns to Society after 43 Years in Japan

It's a long and queer story - about a man who deserted society in youth and spent his 43 years in a cave way up in the mountain;his years of life in seclusion was made into a TV drama.

September 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm

Mikurajima in Tokyo: Island of Miracles - Wild Dolphin and Primeval Forests

Mikurajima is full of steep cliffs. Huge trees root deep into the soil gripping the earth firm to make the island a natural disaster prevention fortress.

September 13, 2015 at 1:03 pm

New Yorkers, Visit Japan Where Burger is 40% Off

Tokyo has once been a city of the world's highest currency rate, but now things are different.

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