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People of Japan: Making a difference in a big way

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"People often ask me: are you not depressed and disappointed by ever-increasing refugee problems? My answer is no. I say "no" because refugee problems can be solved." – Sadako Ogata As a young woman in Japan in the 1940s, Sadako Ogata (née Nakamura) would not have been expected to be particularly ...readmore

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The Japanese Tradies

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The word 'tradies' paints a very Australian picture; high-vis shirt, lace up workman boots, shorts, a small esky style lunch box, ute and beer stubbies. The hard working tradies of Australia have a certain look and certain mannerisms, and their work becomes a big part of their identities. Men who ta ...readmore

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Weird Japanese Food: Umeboshi

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In the popular Studio Ghibli animated film ‘Grave of the Fireflies’, the boy, Seita, forages in the rubble of a bombed city. He uncovers an undamaged supply cache, and retrieves several packages. One of these items is a large glass jar full of round, red morsels. On his way home, he opens the jar an ...readmore

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The Art of Deco

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Looking at the title of this piece you might be thinking, isn’t it ‘art deco’ or even ‘is it a typo for the art of decor?’ In fact, ‘deco’ is a shortened Japanese-English word for decoration. The word is used to describe any kind of object that has been ‘deco-ed’ as the Japanese would say. ‘Deco- ...readmore

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People of Japan: Making a difference in a big way

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"People often ask me: are you not depressed and disappointed by ever-increasing refugee problems? My answer is no. I say "no" because refugee problems can be solved." – Sadako Ogata As a young woman in Japan in the 1940s, Sadako Ogata (née Nakamura) would not have been expected to be particularly ...readmore

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Kimono Evolution - Part 1

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kimono /kɪmóʊnə|-noʊ/ 1. clothes /kloʊz/ ; clothing /klóʊðɪŋ/ ; a garment Kimono is known across the world as the traditional, national costume of Japan, and there are many modern adaptations of this made in the western garment industry. These often come in the form of silky nightgowns that fea ...readmore

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Japanese Writing

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Although a national survey hasn’t been carried out since 1948, the literacy rate in Japan is often claimed to be 99%. Realistically, the actual rate is unlikely to be quite as high as claimed, but illiteracy in Japan is still pretty rare – and considering the pervasiveness of text-based communicatio ...readmore

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Kanazawa Hakka in Sydney!

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Kanazawa City has recently become easily accessible thanks to the opening of the Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) ride. This has brought many visitors to the city where you can still enjoy a beautiful, traditional Japanese townscape and culture. The CEOs and general managers of eight metropolit ...readmore

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The Takarazuka Revue

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In the Takarazuka Revue, all the women are beautiful – and so are the men. The motto of the Takarazuka Revue is "kiyoku, tadashiku, utsukushiku" – a reminder to live with purity, integrity, and beauty. These are three qualities that the founder of this all-female musical theatre troupe, Ichizo Ko ...readmore

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XX-Kei: Herbivores & Carnivores...

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When you look at a room full of young people, it's easy to group certain types of people into stereotypical archetypes. The jocks, the geeks, the glamorous, the hippies etc. There's a similar practice in the Japanese culture as well, where they express each archetype by actually using the word 'typ ...readmore

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It’s beer o’ clock with Orion Beer – Osaka Bar –

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Orion Beer: the mild, fresh tasting beer imported directly from Okinawa, Japan! The best way to experience Orion Beer is to match it with exquisite food – it’s praised in restaurants right here in Sydney too. Let’s take a look at what Osaka Bar likes to match with Orion Beer…     ...readmore

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Shibu Onsen is a small, hot-spring district town in Nagano Prefecture that opens up behind a curtain of steam, revealing traditions and architecture of years passed, ...readmore