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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

A history of the Kanji of the Year

Language Ari Gorney Ari Gorney

On December 12 2020, all eyes were on Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto where the "Kanji of the Year" was revealed to the public who voted on choosing what best represents that year. Seihan Mori, the head abbot of the temple, took his usual place in front of a blank board on the site’s famous balcony, r… Read More

Gunma Ski Tour

Gunma Tours & Activities GJ Editor GJ Editor

Lovers of Japanese powder snow do not need to travel far from Tokyo. In fact, only two hours away from Japan’s capital metropolis lies mountainous Gunma Prefecture.  Located north of Tokyo, Gunma is a mountainous province dominated by the majestic Mikuni mountain range. Because of this, it is fam… Read More

TAKUMI in Asahikawa

Hokkaido Art GJ Editor GJ Editor

A peek into the craftsmanship found in the city of Asahikawa, Hokkaido. Hokkaido is well known for its abundance in nature, and in the context of tourism, it is most famous for its snow destinations and its delicious produce. But there is another layer to Hokkaido that Australians are yet to … Read More