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  • 22nd of December is the day has the longest night during the year. It´s called Touji in Japan. Do you know what they do on this day?

    Posted on 22nd Dec 2013 0 comments
  • The Kanji of the year 2013 was announced. It´s WA this year. People are really excited about the Olympic Games in 2020.

    Posted on 17th Dec 2013 0 comments
  • One of the favourite places to be is bookshops. I can´t move to digital tablet to read books. Whenever I´m in Tokyo, I go to Jinbo-cho to feel old books. But Book-Off is the best place to buy second hand books.

    Posted on 27th Nov 2013 0 comments
  • Were you in Japan on the 15th of November and saw many Japanese children in Kimono? That was Shichigosan, when the family celebrates their children reach 3, 5 or 7 years old.

    Posted on 23rd Nov 2013 1 comment


  • When you travel and notice the change of the skin and the hair in a bad way? That´s probably the water doesn´t agree with you. In Japanese, it´s said “Mizu ga awanai”

    Posted on 10th Nov 2013 2 comments
  • Are you a nomad? You always feel it should be a place for you? Maybe it´s not the place but it´s you who don´t feel comfy? Here is a saying, Sumeba miyako for you.

    Posted on 14th Oct 2013 0 comments
  • It´s Jugoya tonight. It´s the 15th of August in the lunar calendar and in the middle of autumn. Ancient Japanese had a custom to celebrate the full-moon on this day for a rich harvest.

    Posted on 19th Sep 2013 0 comments
  • This week is Obon in Japan. It´s a week when Japanese people spend the time with their ancestors´ spirits. Scary? Not really.

    Posted on 15th Aug 2013 2 comments
  • Do you know the meaning of “hito no furi mite waga furi naose”? This is a Japanese kotowaza (saying). Let´s see what that means.

    Posted on 31st May 2013 3 comments