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Omikuji – Fortune Telling Paper
Find out about some eye-opening facts about “omijuki”, or fortune telling paper, in this week's article. What country are omikuji produced in? Hint: The answer is not Japan... Even most Japanese are not aware of this, so be one of the first few in the world to find out!
Omiyage - Japanese Souvenirs
Most countries in the world sell souvenirs, mainly to tourists - domestic or otherwise. But perhaps none can compare to Japan in terms of variety and volume when it comes to souvenirs. In addition, the Japanese are masters of souvenir marketing strategy.
Osorezan - Fear Mountain
Nestled somewhere in remote Shimokita Peninsula, the northernmost part of the main island of Japan, lies a place said to the gateway to hell – Osorezan, or “Fear Mountain”.
Problems Caused By Japanese Politeness
Politeness is not necessarily a good thing, and Japanese politeness, as famous as it is, can cause headaches for non-Japanese who don’t truly understand it.
Religious Views in Japanese Society
What is the main religion of Japan? Shinto? Or Buddhism? Or both? This article will clear any misconception that a non-Japanese person might have with regards to the average Japanese person’s religious views.
Setsubun - Bean Throwing Festival
In this article, learn about setsubun, the fun-laced Bean Throwing Festival held annually. Out with the devils, in with the good fortune!
Shusseiuo – Fishes Whose Names Vary
In this article, find out about “shusseiuo”, fishes whose names vary even though they’re still technically the same type. If you like sushi or are interested in knowing some tidbits about fish involved in sushi, the information provided here will be useful.
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Simple Japanese Breakfast Recipes
Make your next breakfast a Japanese one! This week’s article features four easy-to-make Japanese breakfast recipes you can try out in your own kitchen.
The Price Of Providing Excellent Customer Service
The Japanese are renowned for their high quality of customer service. From airports to supermarkets, employees are well-trained in giving customers the best they've got. But what exactly do they have to go through?
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