Japan is Changing, Accepting and Loving More
Japan is Changing, Accepting and Loving More

Japan is Changing, Accepting and Loving More

Since 2015 when Ariana Miyamoto won the first high level beauty test in Japan as the first hafu (meaning half, used in Japanese to refer to somebody who is biracial), Japan has been more accepting, welcoming and loving diversity. Seeing her friend’s suicide due to bully to hafu in Japan, Ariana started the courageous journey

Lucky Charm Series – Daruma Dolls
Lucky Charm Series – Daruma Dolls

Lucky Charm Series – Daruma Dolls

The first time we saw Daruma was at a ramen place in the US. That place is called Daruma Ramen and offers quite tasty ramen dishes. What is Daruma? The doll on the table? After some research back home, we finally figured out the meaning of Daruma doll. The Daruma doll (達磨), also known as

Kintsugi, the Art of Embracing Damage
Kintsugi, the Art of Embracing Damage

Kintsugi, the Art of Embracing Damage

Kintsugi, to join with gold, which is a methodology for repairing broken Japanese ceramics. It is said that this idea came from around late 1400s, when a shogun (general) broke his favorite tea bowl, the bowl was fixed but the shogun would like it to be beautified and that was when gold came to play.

A Vulnerable Environment with Most Long-lived People – Part 1
A Vulnerable Environment with Most Long-lived People – Part 1

A Vulnerable Environment with Most Long-lived People – Part 1

Japan is famous for many things and two of them that seem to be contradictory are natural disaster and long life span. Probably they are each other’s cause and result naturally. The group of islands unattached to any continent were derived from primarily several large ocean movements occurring over hundreds of millions of years from

Japan = Manga

Japan = Manga. Many people get to know Japan from a comic book like Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, One Piece or any other one on this top 100 list (https://goo.gl/rBXvKV). Not like in other foreign countries, where manga is mainly popular among children or young people, in Japan, people from all ages read manga. It