Recently many Japanese women have higher and important posts in the society and still, when it comes to marriage, 95% of women change their family name to the husband´s. Can Japanese couple keep separate family name as a married couple?
11th of November in Japan is Origami Day. This traditional paper craft has an old history and it´s something Japanese children learn people around them as they grow. So why it´s Origami Day?
In the western society, shaving head can be cool. In Japan, it has a slightly different meaning. They shave to show their apology. Why?
My mum just celebrated her 60th birthday. I was planning to send her a red vest for her Kanreki which she refused to receive. What is special about Kanreki in Japan?
When you go to a shrine in Japan, you see two lion like animals at the entrance. Actually they are two animals, a lion and a komainu. What are they? And what´s the difference?
There is a free paper called Tsuru to Kame, which dedicates to promote elderly people´s fashion style in Nagano. Japan is becoming an aging society. Why not the fashion trend comes out among elder people?
On the 17th of September, Japan approved the new security bill and now Japan is willing to send its army to South Sudan. The shocking part is the vote in the committee which looked nothing about democracy. Is this even legal?
Nowadays we don´t see anyone using abacus so often. But when I see my mother calculating in her head quickly and accurately, I wish I had learnt even the basic. Apparently soroban is good for your brain training in many ways.
Japanese people love binchotan. They love so much that make any products with the charcoal. What is so good about?
Ochanoko saisai. I´ve been using this saying for a long time but I´d never thought about the origin of the word. Now I´ve found a tasty word journey.
Do you love wagashi? There are so many sweets shops in Tokyo but I´d recommend you to try Osakaya, which has a long history and once served wagashi to the Royal Family. It´s worth visiting during your stay in Tokyo.
Today the 30th of June, people in Kyoto eat Minazuki to purify the bad luck from the last 6 months. Why they eat it and how it started?
The other day I was at my friend´s house and we started making Shiratama, one of the Japanese sweets. It´s similar to mochi but much easier to make as long as you have shiratama flour. Here is the recipe. Let´s try!
Old Japanese people say, “atsusa samusa mo higan made”. You may surprise how true this saying is. After Shunbun no Hi (21st March), suddenly the wind becomes softer.
The 4th episode of Oleñka and Cédric. This time is all about Japanese food! What did they like? And what did they like the least?
Do you know a Japanese paper craft, Monkiri Asobi? It´s simple but very amusing, which became very popular among common people in Edo period.
There are islands in Japan where old traditional customs are still strictly kept. One of them is Okinoshima located in the middle of Genkai Sea.
While breast feeding in public is discussed in Europe, Japanese mums are talking about the posture of breast feeding. They are funny, especially the explanations of the postures.
This time, iromegane interviewed a Japanese dancer, Asa Shimada who lives in a small city of Iceland. What made her to dance? Why did she go to Iceland?