Venerable African Samurai Yasuke to Help the Great Unifier of Japan

Oda Nobunaga secretly presenting a secret edict to five old retainers, From the exhibition "Takahashi Yuichi, Pioneer of Modern Western-style Painting".

Yasuke is a samurai anime series that has been available on Netflix since last month. The story takes place in the middle of the Warring States period (1467–1615), based on actual events of a man from Africa who plays an active role as a samurai. Yasuke trained and was under the command of Nobunaga Oda,… Continue reading Venerable African Samurai Yasuke to Help the Great Unifier of Japan

The Complete Curry Guide in Tokyo 2021

The food experience is one of the best attractions in Japan. When people typically think of Japanese food, many of us imagine sushi, soba, ramen, and yakitori. The fact is that Japan is the world’s second-largest curry-loving country!   In Tokyo, Jinbōchō is an essential place when talking about curry. Since the Meiji era, the area has… Continue reading The Complete Curry Guide in Tokyo 2021

Unique Origins: Why Curry is So Popular in Japan

A Foreign Residence in Yokohama, Ichikawa Yoshikazu (Japanese, 1830-1864) (Printmaker) The New York Public Library

When people think of Japanese food, many of us typically imagine sushi, soba, ramen, and yakitori. However, the fact is that Japan is actually the world’s second largest curry-loving country -of course, India is number one, based on the annual consumption of curry powder in the world. In Japanese, curry is called karē raisu, which means… Continue reading Unique Origins: Why Curry is So Popular in Japan

Sustainable & Affordable Benefits of Activated Charcoal

Lobster on a Piece of Charcoal, Totoya Hokkei (Japanese, 1780–1850) The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Many of you may have already learned about the job of a charcoal-burner, from the popular anime &manga; Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Or you may have learned this from our own article. In Japan, people started using charcoal in their homes 2,000 years ago. Charcoal was an important part of the Japanese economy, and it… Continue reading Sustainable & Affordable Benefits of Activated Charcoal

A Source Material of Demon Slayer: The Unknown Life of a Charcoal Artisan

What is the original story behind the worldwide hit manga & animation, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba? The author makes no mention of what sources inspired her. According to one of our team members, who is an anime otaku, a graphic designer, and also an university educator, one of the inspirations of Demon Slayer is derived from an… Continue reading A Source Material of Demon Slayer: The Unknown Life of a Charcoal Artisan

To Inspire You from the Archaic Spirituality of Japan, Wisdom as a Way of Life

Fireworks, which are known as Hanabi, and festivals, which are known as Matsuri, are two of the most popular summer traditions in Japan. However, not many people know that their origins lie in the spiritual practice of exorcism. Fireworks originally were used to console the souls of the deceased and to ward off bad spirits. The… Continue reading To Inspire You from the Archaic Spirituality of Japan, Wisdom as a Way of Life

Best Trails to Cleanse Your Mind and Body in Japan

©Tateyama Town Tourism Association

Mountains have long served a major role in people’s lives, providing water, food, and housing materials such as woods and rocks. Throughout history, mountains have also been an integral part of many of the world’s religions. From the ancient times of Japanese mythology to the present day, mountains have been important, and many have become… Continue reading Best Trails to Cleanse Your Mind and Body in Japan

Top Historic Pilgrimage in Japan: Perfect Guide for Solo Travelers

One of the most famous Japanese sightseeing pilgrimages for Japanese and foreigners is the Ise Jingu Shrine, located in Ise city, Mie Prefecture. Ise Jingu is a Shinto shrine that represents the country and is preserved by the imperial family. There are an amazing 125 Shinto shrines within Ise Jingo. Two of the two main… Continue reading Top Historic Pilgrimage in Japan: Perfect Guide for Solo Travelers

Japanese Minimalist: Post Corona Lifestyle is Less is More

In Japan, many people are living alone. There are many reasons why the Japanese decide to stay single. According to research from the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research in 2015, the lifetime unmarried rate for Japanese men was about 23% and for women it was about 14%. By 2030, one out of… Continue reading Japanese Minimalist: Post Corona Lifestyle is Less is More

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