Tagged: Japanese Culture

27

Happy Tanabata!

It’s not really Tanabata, technically it’s on August 7th this year (“the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the Japanese lunisolar calendar”). But there are celebrations between July 7th and August 7th so we’re in the range. I guess my title was clickbait…sorry! In my defence, I didn’t want to miss it. I...

42

Japanese Honorifics and Pronouns in Anime

Hello everyone! We’re going back to some basics here. I know that for long time anime fans, Japanese honorifics have become something of a second nature. However, I remember that when I started watching anime, I was pretty confused with all the sans and chans and bokus… Ok so that last one isn’t an honorific, but you...

33

Sakura Blossoms and Maple Leaves

It’s no coincidence that one of the very first Japanese words I picked up by watching anime was: Sakura. Cherry trees are so ubiquitous and important to Japanese culture and identity that they even name girls after them! The breathtaking sight of cherry trees in full bloom, raining down soft petals on passersby is so...

20

Hozuki’s Coolheadedness II – Hell is Other People

  Genre : Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural Episodes: 26 Studio:   If you think your job is tough, imagine having to make sure Hell runs smoothly. It’s not exactly a place full of the most dependable people, after all. Keeping everything smooth and on schedule is an impressive feat and you don’t have the courtesy...

20

I know nothing of Japanese class structure

I like to think of myself as not entirely uncultured but there is always going to be a bit of a culture clash when I watch anime. I think that’s true for a lot of western viewers. The social reality we live in as well as the history, traditions and beliefs we grew up with...

10

Hozuki’s Coolheadedness – cool head, warm heart..also cold heart!

Genre: Slice of Death, Supernatural, Yokai, comedy, folklore Episodes: 13 Studio: Wit Studio Hell is nothing if not… efficient! Judging all those souls, dealing out appropriate punishment, making time for diplomatic relations with all the other hells, it can really be… Well you get the idea.  It takes a lot of work to keep a...

47

The Amateur Japanese Anime Blog

I’ve been wondering for a while whether hobbyist anime bloggers are common in Japan. Wow, this post is off to a dry start. Let me give you some context here. Around the anime blogging community (that *I* am aware of), we often speculate or pretend to know things about Japanese culture, norms and society. A...

30

Even Creepypastas Are Scarier in Japan

Hello kids! Are you having an appropriately frightening day? I’m bad with time zones, maybe it’s November 1st already for you… Unless you’re reading this post much after it’s publishing date though, it’s probably close to Halloween! Happy Halloween! Last year, I decided to bring you all a collection of Japanese Urban Legends for your...

40

Is There a Difference Between Idols and Musicians?

It may surprise some of you to know that I am a fan of idols. Not just pretty animated boy idols but actual real-life idol groups. Back in the day, I use to jump around to Morning Musume songs all the time (before they got their fancy ’18 tag). I quite liked Perfume and more...