Category: culture

Japan’s Aging Society: Why is the Population Decreasing?

The nation's death count is double the country's birth rate. Japan's aging society is becoming a problem for its economy, social security safety nets, and potentially its culture.

Honne vs Tatemae: Japanese Concept of Self

The Japanese concept of ‘self’, honne (true feelings) and tatemae (public facade). The cultural significance and the balance between personal authenticity and societal expectations.

What Caused Japan's Wages to Stagnate for 30 Years?

Japan's wage landscape faces challenges due to traditional employment practices. Pressure is mounting for change as the cost of living rises.

Moving to Japan: An Essential Guide to Relocating

This is the essential guide for those thinking about moving to Japan. This answers the important questions you need to consider before migrating to Japan.

Nuisance Influencers in Japan: A Growing Dilemma

Japan faces a surge of YouTubers and influencers, engaging in disruptive, disrespectful behavior for views. These actions are causing regulatory concerns, while affecting social harmony.

A Guide to a One-Day Tour of Nara: The Ancient Capital

This is the ultimate plan for a day-trip to Nara, Japan's first capital city and the birthplace of Japanese Buddhism. It is a cultural treasure and a historical marvel.

The Top 5 Historical Temples in Kyoto

People usually come to Kyoto to see the best temples in Japan. These are the historical places you should see if you're only Kyoto for a short time.

How to Navigate Japanese Food as a Vegan or Vegetarian

Being a vegan or vegetarian in Japan can be a challenge. Armed with knowledge and planning, you can enjoy awesome Japanese cuisine.

The Manga Revolution: Discussing Japanese Comic Pop Culture

Manga, originating from ancient Japanese scrolls, evolved beyond comics, embodying a culturally rich picture. It transformed post-World War II, influenced by American media and Japan's 'kawaii' culture.

Anime: Window into Japanese Culture through Animation

Anime is a window into Japanese culture and artistry. It has evolved significantly since the early 20th century and is an important source of Japanese storytelling.

Living In Japan Vs Visiting Japan: The Key Differences?

Some people fall in love with Japan. And some of these people may decide to move to Japan. However, visiting Japan is a very different experience than living in Japan.

Countermeasures to Overtourism in Japan: Focusing on Rural Japan

Japan's latest strategies to combat overtourism, where the focus shifts from bustling cities to serene rural landscapes. This article discusses ways that avoiding overtourism can rejuvenate rural Japan.

Is Japan Living in the Future? I'm Afraid Not

Japan boasts advanced technology yet grappling with economic stagnation and cultural resistance to change. To secure a prosperous future, embracing innovation, immigration, and political diversity is essential.

Kyoto's Matsuage Fire Festival: The Ultimate Local's Guide

Matsuage Festival is the best Japanese festival you've never heard of. It's the fire festival that you should see if you're in Kyoto, Japan during summer.

What Do Japanese Think of Foreign Tourists?

Japanese people are always welcoming and even though tourism is an important part of the nation’s economy, they can sometimes view foreign tourists as potentially troublesome.

Embracing the Challenge of Japanese Language: The Path to Fluency

Is Japanese hard to learn? The short answer is yes. However, it is not impossible to learn, and like everything takes else it just takes practice.

Kyoto's Geisha District Bans Tourists to Protect Cultural Heritage

Explore the challenges faced by Kyoto's iconic Geisha district due to overtourism and how the local officials are taking necessary steps to preserve this cultural heritage.

Sumo Wrestling in Japan: The Comprehensive Guide

Check out modern sumo wrestling in Japan, from the Yokozuna rank to the rigorous training and cultural significance. Discover this ancient Japanese sporting tradition.