Kinga Shinnen! Top 7 Japanese New Year Traditions

Just as we celebrate Christmas in the West with traditional food, festive music and an exchange of cards, Japan has a number of different customs to welcome in the New Year. This post explores some of the best-known Japanese New Year traditions, from the tasty (osechi) to the tuneful (Kohaku). Top 7 Japanese New Year …

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New Year in Japan

How is New Year Celebrated in Japan?

Celebrations begin when everybody flees the city to visit family and friends in the countryside. New Year or Shogatsu is a time for families to come together and celebrate all things Japanese. In western countries, celebrating New Year consists of big parties and firework displays, however in Japan, there are less fireworks and more family …

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Japanese Inventions

15 Japanese Inventions – The Good, The Bad & The Unusual

Some of the greatest inventions of all time come from Japan, such as DVD’s, Pocket Calculators and the Digital Camera. With a very innovative nation, the Japanese love to explore boundaries and experiment with ideas although some of them have been a little unusual! Here we will look at the good, the bad and the …

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The Story of Sadako Sasaki and the Thousand Paper Cranes

We thought we would dedicate this month’s blog post to a special girl named Sadako Sasaki in memory of the tragic atomic bombing of Hiroshima seventy years ago today, which claimed as many as 140,000 lives. The story of this little girl’s battle with leukaemia, known as Sadako Sasaki and the Thousand Paper Cranes, serves …

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What is Christmas Like in Japan?

What to Expect if You’re Spending Christmas in Japan Japan might not be a predominantly Christian country, but it has adopted a number of festive traditions from the West over the years, putting its own cultural stamp on many of them. Spending Christmas in Japan is an exciting and totally unique experience – and one …

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