Tagged: Japanese Culture

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Oh My Kami – Which Shrine should you Visit This New Year

So a couple of days ago I did a post on Japanese Christmas tradition as a thinly veiled excuse to eat nothing but cake for a couple of days. That was a good decision. My adulting skills are on point! Anywho, I mentioned in that post Christmas itself was not exactly the major holiday in...

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Christmas Cake Tradition and Recipe

Aaaahhh Christmas cake. For most of us in the Western world, this means the dense, molasses filled, door stomp like substance also known as fruit cake. No one likes fruit cake. I can already read your comments declaring that you’re actually quite fond of it and that when you make it yourself it’s delicious…I know...

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Even Urban Legends are Scarier in Japan

Because I am nothing if not original, I bring you a scary story post for Halloween! Some of you may know that I am an avowed and abject coward who will not hesitate to push my own mother in front of me to get away from a Zombie, if my mother wasn’t considerably more frightening...

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Bloody October Post

As a sister post to yesterday’s Shiki, today let’s talk about blood. Cause…it’s scary(?) Just humor me. I’ve been doing this for like 3 months, I’m out of ideas. Maybe you’ve noticed that a lot of character bios include their blood type. This is a little strange for westerners because we don’t really consider that...

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Onsen Etiquette for Clueless Gaijin

Since October is the month of spooky scary things, I thought I would take some time and share with you all one of the most horrifying things I can imagine. Namely taking a bath naked with a group of equally naked strangers. I’m pretty sure that’s one of the top 10 anxiety nightmares in the...

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Misplaced in Translation – The Joy of Japanese Idioms

Most anime fans have at some point come across a sentence or expression that seems like complete nonsense. Sometimes, we can infer the sense from context. Sometimes, these sentences are so frequent that we stop really noticing them even though they still aren’t exactly clear. In some occasions, they are even visually depicted rather than...