Tag: culture

What is a Kitsune? Japan’s Shape-Shifting Trickster

When we think of Japanese yokai (spirits), we usually think of the creepy Japanese ghosts that have become very popular abroad. However, the Japanese kitsune (fox) has been a staple of Japanese mythology for a very long time, continuing to make appearances in Japanese media even now.

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Gift Giving in Japan: The Art of Gifting

Gift giving in Japan (and gift receiving) is a true art, entrenched with many customs and unspoken etiquette. Whether it’s the different types of gifts, the varying times of year for gift giving, or even how many hands to use to accept a gift, there is much to learn.

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Girls’ Day: Japan’s Celebration of Young Women

Since the Heian Period (794-1195), every year on March 3rd is Girls’ Day, also known as Doll’s Festival or ‘Hina Matsuri’ in Japanese. This is a day in which families all over Japan wish for the health and prosperity of their young girls,

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Kyushu Culture: Cultural Sites You Have To See

When many visitors to Japan think of Japanese culture, they often think of Kyoto. However, Kyushu has a rich history and deep culture that plays an important role in Japan. Whether it’s Japanese mythology, regional ramen varieties, or its beautiful history, there are plenty of reasons to take a look at Kyushu culture.

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