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
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
The variety of KitKat in Japan is so famous that many people including us almost forget that Kit Kat is a chocolate-covered wafer bar confection created by Rowntree’s of York, United Kingdom, and is now produced globally by Nestlé, with the exception of the United States under a division of The Hershey Company. The standard
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.
Yanagi Sōetsu (March 21, 1889 – May 3, 1961), was a Japanese philosopher and founder of the mingei (folk craft) movement in Japan in the late 1920s and 1930s. He led the Japanese society to promote mingei, which means “hand-crafted art of ordinary people”. He discovered beauty in everyday ordinary and utilitarian objects created by
According to WHO (World Health Organization)’s 2014 statistics, wherever they live in the world, women live longer than men. Further, women in Japan have the longest life expectancy in the world at 87 years, followed by Spain, Switzerland and Singapore. Life expectancy among men is 80 years or more in nine countries, with the longest
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. 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