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April 17, 2015

Do you remember your first day of school? Compare your experience to a first day of school in Japan. Learn about the season, the ceremonies, and the traditions of Japanese schools, and enjoy a special classroom activity—origami!

Making Chocolate
March 12, 2015

Get ready for White Day on March 14! Celebrate this Japanese encore to Valentine's Day with authentic videos and recipes for homemade chocolates.

December 19, 2014

From January 1st to January 3rd, Japanese businesses close their doors and families gather together to usher in the New Year in a very special way. Celebrating the New Year in Japan is quite different from the glittering champagne parties of the western world. It is a days-long traditional event which begins several days before-hand and requires extensive preparation.

November 26, 2014

As the temperature gradually declines, how you are going to stay warm during the cold months besides eating soup and drinking hot cocoa? Today we'll teach you about a handful of popular winter foods from Asia as alternatives, to vary your diet. These treats will warm you from the inside-out.

September 5, 2014

Imagine there’s a Rabbit Hall of Fame. Who would you nominate? In the west, the rock star might be the bunny that brings kids decorated eggs on Easter Sunday-the Easter Bunny! However in East Asia, most votes may go to a rabbit that is also related to a traditional festival: the Moon Rabbit.

May 2, 2014

Yuto, the youngest boy in the Yamagata family, got up earlier than usual. His elder sister, Aiko, was still sleeping. It was May 5, Kodomo no Hi (子供の日): Children’s Day in Japan.

February 22, 2014
(image source: UNESCO)

September 5, 2013

In the previous blog series, we introduced English words that have an origin in Chinese and

March 5, 2013

Okay, okay, not all J-Pop comes from ビートルマニア, or, Beatlemania, but, without the Beatles, it is likely that the modern Japanese music scene would be radically different.  Similar to 1950s and 1960s American rock, Group Sounds formed the baseline for the modern music industry.