Fukuoka – A Two Face City for a Break from the Busy Cities to the North


I have to agree that most of the beautiful and amazing cities in Japan are located on their largest island, which is Honshu Island, where Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka are located. However, it doesn’t mean that the cities located on smaller islands around Honshu Island are less appealing compared to the cities on the mainland. One of the proofs for my sentence could be found in Fukuoka, which is a city of 1.5 million citizen that was as one of the most liveable city on earth. Great views, relaxing atmosphere, and rich in culture, Fukuoka is the place for those who wants to take a break from the fast-paced cities to the north. Continue reading

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Various Japanese Stereotype – Part 1


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Stereotype are interesting, it simplified some aspect of people and generalized it. Take example the stereotype of U.S.A, at least I can name 3 most-famous American stereotype. Letsee… 1st, they sue everything in any way they can; 2nd, people there carries gun every time everywhere, and they will use it if they received threats; 3rd, all American girls are bitchy and slutty. Well, thanks to Hollywood, I guess I can understand the 2nd and 3rd stereotype, but what about the 1st? Because of a case where a granny sue the microwave company for not putting a notice “do not dry cat inside”, most people outside U.S.A now think that every people in America like to sue others. So a certain event can revert into the making of stereotype, which mostly negative. But then, what about Japan? What kind of stigma did other nation judged Japan?

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Kasajizou: A New Year’s Tale


Jizou, photo courtesy of a-racoon photo at http://a-racoon.com/

Jizou, photo courtesy of a-racoon photo at http://a-racoon.com/

Before we begin, I should explain what a jizou is. In short, a jizou is a Buddhist statue meant to guard children, especially children who died entirely too young. The proper way to refer to them is Ojizou-sama, and you can see these statues all across Japan, especially at temples and graveyards.

And now, our tale, which begins on a cold winter’s day, and as all Japanese folklore will have it, it begins with an old man and his wife.

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Why is Japan Famous?


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Have you ever wondered why Japanese cartoon, comics, fashion, food and culture are very well known in this world? Is it coincidence? Or are there some scholars who studied in Japan and spread their unique ways?  That’s one of the possibilities, but it’s not enough to make the whole world grows their attention to this country. This spurt begins around 2002, where a certain man wrote an article regarding Japan capability in promoting their “uniqueness” and producing a good result while at it. The article encircled around the government policy in tackling the economic problem through cultural means, where the phrase of “Cool Japan” was introduced. But then again, the kick start was long before that time, where a certain game was firstly arising to the world attentions that influence many youths. Why Japan, as one of the world leading economic superpower, feel the need to boost their economic capability through cultural aspects in 2002? Let’s take a look in a chronological manner.

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Japanese Martial Arts: Students Mental and State of Mind – Part 4


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Certainly when one wish to learn something, there are steps that needs to be followed. Have you ever heard the terms “Empty your Cup”? This term applies when you want to learn something. The idea is, if your head full’s of assumption on what will you learn, you will have a hard time to understand what the teacher tried to explain, and the teacher is having difficulty to convey the right information to you. This kind of practice needs to be corrected, one-way or another. In Japanese Martial Arts, there are several philosophical concepts the students need to follow in order to walk the path of understanding. What I will discuss today is the right State of Mind that needs to be followed.

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Winter Wonderland – the Enchanting Christmas Illuminations in Tokyo!


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Hello everyone! How’s your Christmas day? I hope it was great since today, still in the mood for Christmas, I’m going to present you some pictures of the Christmas Illuminations that we can find in Tokyo!  Just as what I said in some previous posts, that the Christmas and year-end time is the best time to go travel around Tokyo! The reason is because there are so many glittering and enchanting Christmas Illuminations in every famous areas in Tokyo, such as Roppongi, Shiodome, Omotesando, etc that are going to transform the bustling, crowded metropolitan Tokyo into an amazing “Winter Wonderland”. So, get ready to see the magical romantic year-end that you can have in Tokyo! Continue reading

Japanese Martial Arts: Most well known is from Gendai Budo! – Part 3


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They say new is always better. Is it? Aside from Gendai budō is created after the Meiji Restoration in 1868, there is not much difference shown between Koryū and Gendai budō. As a matter of fact, the Japanese modern martial arts is pretty much developed from Koryū, although the uses of the martial arts are very different. You might notice that there are an increase of unarmed martial arts in Gendai budō. That’s because the aim of modern martial arts is a study of life principles, for example as a means to refine one’s approach to conflict or danger. To study the philosophy of defense rather than attacking, is easier being incorporate in unarmed martial arts.

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