Japanese Culture

Has Marie Kondo Gone Too Far?

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May 20, 2020

For the past decade, Marie Kondo has built a base of followers, guided by her principles in decluttering and streamlined material possession. But has capitalism steered her away from her original purpose?

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Japanese Wellness Words That Will Make You Feel Good

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June 26, 2020

The Japanese language includes numerous and varied wellness concepts, many of which no word in English can adequately convey.

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Fake Plastic Treats: The Origins of Restaurant Displays

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November 24, 2020

A quiet ode to shokuhin sampuru, also known as those beautiful plastic food displays you see in Japanese restaurants.

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Nikkei Diaspora: Oshogatsu

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June 14, 2020

Starting the new year with friends and family... around the world.

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New Years Traditions

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October 21, 2020

Counting down to midnight is a worldwide tradition of New Years Eve. We asked our friends what else they do to ring in the new year, every year.

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Kentakki Fried Christmas

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November 24, 2020

Kentucky Fried Chicken for Christmas. This is a thing in Japan.

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Learn About Kinrōkanshahi 勤労感謝の日, or Labor Thanksgiving Day

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June 14, 2020

Since 678, Japan celebrates a holiday around this time of the year by giving thanks to laborers and the fall harvest.

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A Very Brief History of Halloween in Japan

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June 14, 2020

Halloween in Japan is rather new. Like many western influences that jumped the Pacific, the Japanese are slowly making it their own.

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Japan's Hottest Summer Festivals (That Aren't Obon)

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June 26, 2020

The Japanese summer festival season has a lot more to offer than obon. Learn more about the various food and fun-filled events that are held throughout Japan every summer.

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One Japanese Person's Thoughts on Government Responses to COVID-19

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June 14, 2020

Though we have our own thoughts on the U.S. government's response to COVID-19, we were curious about what Japanese people thought about us, as well as their own government's response.

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You Probably Didn't Know These Things About Okinawa

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April 26, 2020

Vegetable superheroes, snake liquor, and fried doughnuts are just some of the things that make Okinawan culture amazing. To learn more about some of the things that make Okinawa's culture so rich and vibrant, read on.

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Ningyo kuyo: In Japan, unwanted dolls receive a funeral send-off

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May 3, 2020

It's natural for kids to outgrow their dolls when they age, but in Japan, to throw your doll away without thanking them is disrespectful. Learn more about ningyo kuyo, or doll funerals held at Shinto temples in Japan.

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