A business graduate, N2 JLPT, Japanese interpreter with a profound interest towards Japanese culture and language. I watch a whole lot of anime, so feel free to ask reviews or recommendations or anything related to japanese!!!
Idol, does this sound familiar, this word is used so often that it might as well have lost its true meaning or maybe has created a new meaning for itself. Japan is known for many different things and idol culture is one which plays a major role in the Kawaii culture. Let’s go back in time and see how this word got its meaning and what it really is.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Christmas? Plum cakes, christmas tree, candy canes? How about Colonel Sanders in a santa outfit? Let us find out how Japan's KFC marketing introduced a whole new culture.
How many bizarre yet tasty flavors of a sweet favor can you think of? orange, mango, strawberry, blueberry? Why not Whiskey flavoured? or Hamburger flavored? Think those are weird and impossible? Think again in Japan!
The main factor in the growth of the world economy is emerging markets which offer growth opportunities for firms from developed countries. Companies in Developed economies that saturate the home market with their goods will move to markets where demand for products emerge and offer potential for entry. As such we can notice a lot of FDI into India such as uniqlo, Toyota, Honda, restaurants etc.
Originally the name of a train station, now a brand for all things electronics and anime- gamers paradise. A must visit site for the newest hippy trends. With its gadgets and geekdom, it is a one of a kind experience.
Hakone Ekiden is a special competitive long distance relay in Japan that happens over a span of 2 days in the beginning of the New Year, competed by amateur and professional teams. Learn more through anime and novel recommendations at the end of the article.
The A star ranked bovine meat that is the most expensive, premium and worldly renowned standard for beef. The Wagyuu is known for its distinctive for its well-marbled consistency, tender melt in your mouth texture and taste. Enjoyed in many ways, let’s look at how wagyuu, world’s finest beef is produced.
Would you like to hire someone to go to the parent teacher meeting you wouldn't want your parents to know? or just spend some familial time with some random stranger who you wouldn't have to have a responsibility for? These can be very much done in Japan as weird as it may be.
Everyone knows about Chopsticks? In the hands of an artisan, these humble chopsticks can be created into works of art. These gorgeous instruments add a luxurious feel to the table. Simple implements that are also expression of Japanese aesthetics.
Small living works of art admired by everybody, just one pot and a plant, the grower gets all the freedom to make it into art embedding the essence of the nature. Recently it has become a hobby. Let us find out why these small plants have such deep appeal to everyone around.
Our impression of Japanese is that of worker bees, but they have a 15 day extended paid holiday, which is either used or not used. Let us look at the various attitudes towards holidays and the way of life.
Throughout history, India–Japan relations have traditionally been strong. For centuries, India and Japan have engaged in cultural exchanges, primarily as a result of Buddhism which spread indirectly from India to Japan, via China. India is the largest recipient of Japanese
Bowls of steaming hot soup and noodles, slurping not considered rude while eating, born in China but remained well known in Japan. Ramen, from kanto to kansai, is everyone’s favorite dish, it is hearty, filling and cheap. Let us learn more about Ramen.
One of the many things you have to try in japan is eating sushi from a conveyor belt. Plates of sushi pass by customers, you can quickly eat and get going or slowly have an experience. Let us look at tradition meets technology.
Walking around Harajuku you can see a lot of youngsters dressing up in rather eccentric out of the ordinary clothes as a form of art and expression. There are also some styles that are specific to tackling mental illnesses. Let’s find out more.
A fermented soy based paste is the bedrock of Japanese cuisine, it is used in soups, simmered dishes and everywhere it is required. Long lasting and nutritious it is and was a valuable source of food for the Japanese.
One of my favorite things to buy as souvenirs from Japan is stationery, because they are high quality, useful, and very different from anything you would expect out of a simple pen or eraser. We’ll explore the technology, sense of fun and innovation behind Japanese stationery.
Convenience store unlike corner shops can be seen wherever you go in Japan, so much that it has its own word in Japanese called “conbini”. These compact stores have everything a person would need as essentials for 24 hours a day, 365 days in a year. Let us find out the different strategies and methods used by these stores to survive in a cut throat competitive market.
Japanese of all ages, young an old love the Japanese curry with rice! Though the routes are Indian, it is nothing like the Indian curry? Let us look at the journey of curry to Japan and how it is a national favorite.
Geisha, a word that most people have heard of and associate it with the beautiful Japanese women wearing kimonos and white painted faces. But that is not all that earned them the title. Let’s go back in time and learn more about them.
“You” is said to be one of the most difficult word to translate, but what about puns? Pokemon is full of puns from names to dialogues. As I started learning Japanese, I realized how difficult a job it is to be a translator and also how fascinating it is.
As you finish N4 and enter N3, you tend to notice some words which are loaned from different languages, usually written in katana, there are also shortened versions of the same loaned words which you might have to remember. I’ll introduce these sometimes easy to identify, but many times not, words used generally and specifically used in social networking.
As regions in Japan go from blazing colours, a frigid chill engulfs the whole of Japan, while you may not see sheets of snow in the metropolitan cities, areas surrounding mountains and northern regions are regularly covered by fresh sheets of snow.
Autumn, the season of bright colours and lovely insects in contrast to the dead of summer, temperature drops as the land prepares for winter. Just before the dread of the cold, autumn starts with a pleasant weather.
A four part series about Japan’s seasons beginning with spring, and continuing on to summer, after the rains of course. We may not hear a lot about the rains in Japan, but summer is the season of youth! Vacations! Beaches and Pools! I’d suggest a read on spring first and then start summer to see the transformation of lifestyle.
A four part series about Japan’s seasons beginning with spring. Explore in depth on the different lifestyle of the people such as the food they eat, the clothes their wear and the festivals they celebrate depending on the season.
Although, we do not see the kimono being worn as a casual clothing anymore, during auspicious, important events in a Japanese person’s life, the go-to outfit is definitely the kimono. The Kimono has a variety of distinguishable features depending on the occasion, event and age at when it is worn. Let’s learn about what type of kimono is worn on what occasion.