Discover Japan

Travel

Sightseeing Japan
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As the nation contains plenty of tourist attractions, Japan is one of the powerful nations in handling tourism. The country owns and preserves remarkable natural resources like volcanoes and beaches, historically valuable spots in its ancient capital cities, and cultural tourist attractions including Matsuri. Moreover, Japan is covered by approximately 70% mountainous regions, making for a beautiful ... (Read More)

Entertainment

Entertainment
The Japanese cultural entertainment industry has been developed by its own taste, gaining much popularity overseas. They constantly produce good movies, like “Be with You” (2004) or “Love letter,” (1995) which became well known for a famous line “ogenkidesuka”. Animation movies like “The Spiriting Away of Sen and Chihiro” (2001) have also been doing well at the box office worldwide. Moreover, with a large number of idol musicians and stars, their music is being diversified everywhere from pop, rock, to ... (Read More)

Culture


Japanese literature’s development has been an ongoing traditional process with some specific characteristics. Sharp insight, detailed depictions and nimble writing are all notable attributes for literature works, making numerous best sellers including one receiving a Nobel Prize. Their works are usually in elaborate and show a distinct emotional condition due to the construction and the nature of their linguistics.

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Business

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Japan is a country of modified capitalism and uses the Yen as their currency. They are the 3rd greatest economic power and 4th largest trade giant, and their economic trend affects international economy greatly.

Being called an East Asian Miracle, the economy highly grew since 1950s.  Foreign currency earned showed increased demand, financial support from U.S., and the cultural factors such as diligence and enthusiasm ... (Read More)

Language

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Language
The Japanese language has been popular on the menu for many reasons: as Japan's electronic and manufacturing giants grew in past decades (e.g. Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic, Canon, Fuji Film), the need to speak Japanese in the business world solidified. Even more, Japan's iconic culture of world leading animations, unique food, and history made many individuals in foreign countries grow fond of its ... (Read More)

Culture

Traditional Arts Japan
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Quite distinctive with other cultures, Japanese art is unique and interesting in many ways. Traditionally, their artistic culture can be put in roughly three categories: plays, paintings and craft. In plays there are Kabuki, No, and Bunraku. Among these, the most well known is Kabuki: being registered as a world heritage, Kabuki is known due to the actors who ... (Read More)

Daily Life

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Japan may be behind the world in social media adoption, but due to high penetration rates of the internet, they are surely have potential to be one of the most social nations electronically. Japanese love to socialize by popular home grown social media sites such as Mixi, and they also are utilizing Twitter at a startling high level. One trip on a subway in Japan could give anyone a clue that ... (Read More)

Culture

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Belonging to the East Asian culture, Japanese cuisine is similar to other Asian countries in that its staple food is rice. A typical meal for Japanese people is a bowl of rice with a couple of side dishes called ‘okazu.’ Unlike Koreans who mainly use spicy ingredients like peppers, Japanese seek rather plain or clean taste using shoyu ... (Read More)

Culture

Anime
Called by many nick names such as Japanimation and Anime, Japanese animation is definitely leading the global animation market. With its unique features, Japan has been considered as the most competent country in this field.

Though the animation movie industry was first started in Walt Disney in U.S., Japan gained its superiority in the field through some popular animations like Evangellion, Atom, and Ghost in a Shell; it’s now ... (Read More)

Culture

Martial Arts
Japanese martial arts have been developed among warriors and samurais for training purposes and wartime. Kendo, karate, judo, and sumo are the best known Japanese martial arts. They were a means for attack in the early development stages, but as the country was forced to reduce its aggression by the allied forces in the postwar period, they also double as some of the most popular global sports.

Kendo is a type of fencing art using a bamboo sword called a ... (Read More)

About Japan

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Japan Statistics

Capital: Tokyo
Official Language: Japanese
Official Currency: Japanese Yen ¥ (JPY)
Emperor: Akihito
Prime Minister: Shinzō Abe
Area: 377,944 Square KM
Population: 120,000,000
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Style

 

Japanese style can be recognized anywhere as they have some distinctive characteristics. In fashion as well as furniture, their own atmosphere is resolved in the style.

By stressing on their individuality, Japanese fashion trends are unique and become the topic among teenagers. People seek it for their own individuality, rather than following the trends. They really care about their appearance to look younger or prettier.

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History

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History
Japan’s documented history stems from early records in the Book of the Later Han, which described a powerful emerging kingdom known as Yamataikoku during the Yaoyi Period. Many travelers from China came back reporting that it was ruled by a powerful queen who was then known as Himiko. Meanwhile, technology and knowledge continued to into Japan through from Korea. As such, Buddhism was eventually passed down from ... (Read More)

Tech

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Japanese technology was indeed more highly developed that any other corporations could catch them up. Being a number one in world market, they ended ... (Read More)

Modern Day

Modern Day
Despite the recent crisis of East Japan earthquake, Japan is still the world’s 3rd most powerful economy. It is a proud country that launched many world-famous multinationals—Sony and Canon in electronics, Toyota in automobiles, Nintendo in video consoles, and so on. Even many proper names no longer need to be “capitalized;” for example, Sushi has become a common noun sushi, which suggests Japanese products are now the dominant symbols of the world economy. Thanks to the meticulous and diligent ... (Read More)