Category Archives for "Japanese Culture"

What is Obon?

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What is Obon? お盆は何ですか? Vacation-lovers rejoice! Tis the time for one of Japan’s longest “breaks.” Well I guess I don’t really want to call Obon a break, but for many foreigners that’s exactly what it is. For Japanese natives, though, Obon has a slightly different meaning. Obon* is one of Japan’s most well-known holidays. It […]

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Hakone’s Open-Air Museum

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彫刻の森美術館ちょうこくのもりびじゅつかんThe Open-Air Museum Hakone, Japan 2011 I enjoyed every single thing about my trip to Hakone (except for losing my camera’s memory card, but I found it so, no harm, no foul). The two main things that really stand out in mind, though, are staying at an authentic ryokan for the first time and visiting […]

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How To Use Chopsticks

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If you’ve never used chopsticks before coming to Japan, this may take a little bit of practice. I’ve been using them since I was a little kid (maybe around seven)*. If you take the “I’m just having fun” approach to using chopsticks, you’ll save yourself a ton of frustration. If you’ve never used them before, […]

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