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A Body Slam into the world of Sumo

Culture Ari Gorney Ari Gorney

Martial Arts and Japan have a rich, deep and beautiful history together, so it is to no surprise that Sumo wrestling is Japan’s national sport. Sumo is one of Japan’s most well-known sports, and a highly authentic Japanese cultural experience in and of itself. The sport from the offset seems quite … Read More

“Cash is King” and the “IC Card is Queen”

Culture Ari Gorney Ari Gorney

In Japan, the saying is “Cash is King”, with the society being so reliant of using physical money for purchases such as restaurants, supermarkets, and a multitude of other locations. But if the saying goes “Cash is King” then in recent times certainly it can be said that the “IC Card is Queen” with… Read More

Setsubun: Out with the Old, in with the Ogres

Culture Ari Gorney Ari Gorney

An aspect of Japan that I absolutely love is that there are very distinct seasons. Unlike Australia, where you could have winter and summer on the same day, Japan has four well defined seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. It is refreshing to see a change of season almost in an instant, from… Read More

The History and Traditions of New Year’s Cuisine

Culture Ari Gorney Ari Gorney

あけましておめでとうございます (Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu)。 今年もよろしくお願いします (Kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegaishimasu)。 Happy New Year! We look forward for you to join us again this year and reading through our content. The year 2021 has arrived, and the New Year in Japan one of th… Read More

Top Fireworks in Japan

Entertainment Ying-Ying Lee Ying-Ying Lee

No summer in Japan is complete without a good fireworks show. From being a simple entertainment in the Edo period, it has now turned into fine arts. Hence, pyrotechnicians from all over Japan gather together to compete for the top spot each year. Undoubtedly, your mind will be blown away! &n… Read More

Top Kyoto Cafes for Matcha Lovers

Kyoto Food and Drink Ying-Ying Lee Ying-Ying Lee

It is funny how the more you cannot have something, the more you want it. Has anyone been craving matcha since the start of COVID-19? This superfood has taken the world by a storm. Not only is the green powder recognized for its health benefits, but also its ability to be incorporated in a wide var… Read More

5 Magical Lantern Festivals in Japan

Niigata Event Paulina Rozbicki Paulina Rozbicki

Japan is rich in tradition and culture. With an abundance of festivals ranging from the tranquil to the energetic, there is always an event to get excited for. We’re here to introduce you to 5 Magical Lantern Festivals in Japan. From sky lanterns that cast an enchanting glow, brightening up the win… Read More

Japanese Leisure Activities to Explore for Yourself

Culture Alyssa Low Alyssa Low

Despite being known for the notorious time-consuming, energy-draining work ethic in Japan, people still place an importance on leisure time. Japanese pastimes are a clear reflection of their society, which has influences from Western culture, as well as placing emphasis on tradition. We're fortu… Read More

Summer Festivals in Japan

Tokyo Culture Alyssa Low Alyssa Low

Summertime in Japan is associated with music, dance, and festivities. Almost every area has at least one local festival (matsuri) in late summer/ early autumn, where the celebrations are mostly centred around the paddy harvest. While there are no specific dates for when the festivals occur, they ar… Read More

Purikura-The Core of Kawaii Culture

Sydney Culture GJ Editor GJ Editor

Photos are a great way to preserve memorable moments. While the term 'selfie' only really became prevalent along with the advent of smartphones in recent years, Japan was perhaps the pioneer to develop something somewhat similar to this with the ‘Purikura' machine, a booth which produces stamp-size… Read More

Naoshima’s Contemporary Art Museums

Kyoto Art Alyssa Low Alyssa Low

Located 175km southwest of Kyoto, Naoshima is a small island located in the Inland Sea between the main islands of Honshu and Shikoku. Like many other islands in the area, Naoshima was suffering until the 1990s due to its dying industrial waste dumps until it was completely transformed into the con… Read More

The Recent Trend in Japanese Dating

Sydney Culture GJ Editor GJ Editor

Japan is currently struggling with an aging and shrinking population. The average age for first marriage shows that both men and women are getting married later than their previous generations. Numerous factors exist behind this trend such as the lack of confidence in their job security nor financi… Read More

Unique Table Manners in Japan

Sydney Culture GJ Editor GJ Editor

Every culture has its own table manner to follow and Japan is no exception. While Japanese will be generous and won’t be offended if you’re unable to conduct the correct table manners, it is always nice to understand and follow the common etiquettes to demonstrate your good manner and respect for t… Read More