Monday, July 15, 2013

Chopstick in Japan : The History

Chopsticks are a mainstay of dinner tables in Japan and throughout Asia. Traditional Japanese food is almost never eaten with anything else by Japanese people. You can get a fork, spoon or spork in a Japanese restaurant if you can’t manage the chopsticks. In fact, in many places they’ll provide one when they see your foreign countenance.

Monday, July 8, 2013

En-nichi : Street Fairs

"En (縁)" means having a special relation, "nichi (日)" means day. An en-nichi, or festival day, is a day connected with Shintoist and Buddhist deities. This day usually celebrates the birth or the passing of the deity they are honoring. People visit the shrines and temples on this day can receive special divine favors. On en-nichi, shrine and temple grounds are alive with people, and street stalls do a thriving business.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Sumo: Japanese Wrestling

Sumo (相撲) is a Japanese style of wrestling and Japan's national sport. It originated in ancient times associated with Shinto ritual, and even certain shrines carry out forms of ritual dance where a human is said to wrestle with a kami (a Shinto divine spirit). Many rituals with religious background are still followed today. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Four : The Number of Death

In Japan, certain numbers are lucky and unlucky. It’s really important to know these numbers because if you don’t, you could be accidentally telling someone you’d like them to suffer a slow agonizing death when you’re giving them omiyage (お土産 – souvenirs) from your trip to Japan.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Cup Noodles Museum Yokohama

Cup Noodles is one of the most popular instant foods: put hot water in the cup, wait around 3 minutes, and you have delicious noodle soup. It is really convenient for people who are very busy every day.

There is Cup Noodles Museum in Yokohama, you can follows the history of instant noodles with interactive exhibits, modern art and hands on experiences. Opened in 1994, Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum was the first Ramen Museum in the world. The museum is designed to conjure images of Tokyo in the 1950s, when Ramen became wide spread. They have eight ramen vendors inside the museum representing different areas from Sapporo to Fukuoka. 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Origami : Paper Fold

Origami (折り紙) is a form of art in Japan and in the world. Literally means “to fold paper” (折り: fold, 紙: paper) in Japanese language. Actually it’s considered a science by many, a branch of mathematics. Besides, lately some people are searching different applications for it within the engineering world and everyday product design.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Fujoshi: Rotten or Respectable

Well, a Fujoshi is a woman who likes manga and novel with a homosexual male (yaoi or also called Boys Love 'BL') theme. A Fujoshi is almost like an Otaku, many Otakus are considered Fujoshi and the difference between them is forgotten.