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Japanese Food
Japanese cuisine, celebrated for its emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients, has become on of the most popular culinary delights all over the...
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Kappa
Kappa (河童, lit. “river-child”), also known as kawatarō (川太郎, lit. “river-boy”) or kawako (川子, “river-children”), are supernatural amphibious...
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Gift-giving in Japan
Gift giving in Japan involves complex and elaborate rules and is part of a more extensive system of social exchange. Gifts are given each time...
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Omiyage
Omiyage (御土産 or お土産) are Japanese souvenir gifts travellers bring from their trips. Almost every destination in Japan has its specialities in...
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Marriage in Japan
Over the past several centuries, the institution of marriage in Japan has changed radically. The changes reflect new social realities and...
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Hina Matsuri
Hinamatsuri (雛祭り) is a festival for girls held on March 3. Tiered platforms for hina ningyō (雛人形, hina dolls) are set up at home, and families...
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Japanese Falconry
Japanese falconry (鷹狩 takagari) is said to have come to Japan from China around the 4th century CE and was practised by emperors, courtiers, and...
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Setsubun
A traditional ceremony to dispel demons usually observed on the third of February. The practice of scattering beans (豆撒き mamemaki) to drive away...
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Common Japanese Surnames
This list with the initially 10,000 most common family names was generated by Tadashige Murayama of Kumamoto and published on his website Myojikan...
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Hachiman
Hachiman (八幡神 Hachiman-jin or Yahata no kami) is a popular Shintō deity who protects warriors and generally looks after the well-being of the...
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Koban: Japanese police boxes
Kōban (交番), translated as “police box”, are the ubiquitous urban police stations in Japan usually located next to train stations, shopping...
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Buddhism in Modern Japan
Statistically, Japan is a country of Buddhists. More than six-sevenths of the population profess the Buddhist faith, though three-quarters claim...
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Buddhist Rites
Many Buddhist sects in Japan possess their distinctive rites. The rites can be divided into two main categories: those which religious...
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Characteristics of Japanese Buddhism
Several characteristics of Buddhism that are distinctly Japanese can be observed. First, Japanese Buddhism tends to emphasise the importance of...
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Noh Theater
Noh (能 nō) or nōgaku (能楽) is an abridgment of sarugaku no nō, an aristocratic form of sung and danced performance developed from kagura (神楽...
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Kenji Miyazawa
Poet and Buddhist agro-revolutionary A devout Buddhist, Miyazawa Kenji (宮沢賢治, 1896-1933) spent much of his life labouring to improve the material...
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Japanese Albatross
The tragic fate of the Japanese albatross The controversial Senkaku Islands, under Japan’s de facto control and with both China and Taiwan also...
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Japanese Buddhist Schools
The major Japanese schools of Buddhism are the Tendai School Shingon School Pure Land Buddhism Nichiren Zen The Tendai School The Tendai...
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