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Developments of Shinto

Developments of Shinto

Ancestral ghosts, considered more or less alike when primitive society had not yet developed class distinctions of any important characteristic.

Subsequently these ancestral ghosts became differentiated, as a society itself differentiates into greater and lesser.

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Communal Cult

Communal Cult

Like the “religion” of the home, Domestic, the religion of the community, Communal is also based upon ancestor worship.

What the household shrine (kamidana 神棚) represents to the immediately Japanese family, the Shinto parish-shrine represents to the greater community.

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Japanese Family

Japanese Family

Three stages of ancestor worship are to be distinguished in the general course of religious and social evolution, and each of these can be found in the history of Japanese society.

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Ancient Cult

Ancient Cult

Ask any Japanese what their “religion” is, and they will say, “We don’t have one.”

For the Japanese do not have a “religion”, and never have.

The Japanese have an indigenous way of life, which has continued for millennia until this day, and has been labeled a “religion” by others.

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Strangeness and Charm

Strangeness and Charm

One of Yakumo’s dearest friends said to him:

“When you find, in four or five years more, that you cannot understand the Japanese at all, then you will begin to know something about them.”

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Right-Brain Left-Brain – Part 6

Right-Brain Left-Brain – Part 6

Americans are the most obvious example of a left-brain dominated people as exhibited by their behaviour, action, and words.
For it can be said, the Japanese regard Americans as the most unpredictable people on Earth, due to the absence of any precisely defined societal form, order, or process.

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Right-Brain Left-Brain – Part 5

Right-Brain Left-Brain – Part 5

Stories from the annals of the Japanese are replete with incidents where the fate of individuals, groups, and even the entire nation hung in the balance, and these critical decisions were based upon intuition, rather than reason.

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Right-Brain Left-Brain – Part 4

Right-Brain Left-Brain – Part 4

The core principal which can be considered the Japanese way of thinking can be though of as fuzzy thinking, or better still, holistic thinking. If this concept has not became apparent yet, this “way of thinking” contrasts sharply with the linear way of thinking in which most of the rest of the world operates.

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Right-Brain Left-Brain – Part 2

Right-Brain Left-Brain – Part 2

According to the research of Dr. Tadanobu Tsunoda in the 1970s, there is a fundamental difference in the hemisphere dominance of the brains in the Japanese and non-Japanese. His research also demonstrated the difference in dominant side…

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Master Storyteller Dan Carlin

Master Storyteller Dan Carlin

Dan Carlin entrances one into spellbinding incredible rides probing the nooks and crannies of history. Hardcore History, has millions of downloads per episode and is one of the most widely acclaimed podcast in history.

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Last Olympics – 1976

Last Olympics – 1976

Here, all representatives created a sense of fairness and sportsmanship, even if outside of these games the political ideologies of the participating nations could not have been more disconnected.

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No I Do, Yes, I Don’t

No I Do, Yes, I Don’t

Being ignorant of kotodama, and the importance of reading the air, will always leave one at a distinct disadvantage when interacting with the Japanese, if unaware of this element of communication.

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Mr. Big Tree

Mr. Big Tree

For it was at this time one thought, “Here you are truly on your own.” And then in the depths of despair came an angel, in the form of an ordinary Japanese businessman.

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The Lecture

The Lecture

Two snotty little brats received a growing opportunity to help them along into adulthood just the other day. Wanting to send these troubled children on their way fully edified, the entire class of twenty-eight pupils served as the captive audience for the “lecture.”

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Divine Diva Marian Anderson

Divine Diva Marian Anderson

This prodigious forgotten heroine of human rights must be lauded and recognized for her incredible impact on the American society as one of the first person of colour to reach worldwide fame and acclaim based upon her sensation voice and dignity as an agent of change in the racially segregated Unites States.

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Not Peanut Butter

Not Peanut Butter

One particular carpenters was having significant issues adjusting to Japanese food, and was longing for some good old Canadian comfort food, peanut butter!

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Tale of Two Princesses

Tale of Two Princesses

Recently there has been somewhat of a kerfuffle in the house of Windsor. Serious allegation have been made by a new member of the house of Windsor against the royal family.

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Goodbye Greedy JC

Goodbye Greedy JC

The task was to support an American, “JC”, coming to “open up Japan.” Here, one really got an in-depth look at a specific kind of American mind-set, in particular the mind-set of selfishness and greed.

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Dr. Tetsu Nakamura is a Hero

Dr. Tetsu Nakamura is a Hero

Unsung heroes abound, but no one really hears about them and their altruistic deeds. Why is it that these noble deeds for the betterment of humanity are unreported and go unnoticed by the greater world?

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Calling All Citizens

Calling All Citizens

The very first time one became aware of the ubiquitous Japanese public address system was sitting inside an old farmhouse. The old black phone started to chime… ding dong ding….

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Japan Yes, France No?

Japan Yes, France No?

One was shocked and dismayed when a large display of the controversial product RoundUp, made by Monsanto is now available at the local home center. This problematic herbicide with the active ingredient glyphosate has its fair share of detractors globally, as well as famous lawsuits related to the health risks associated with glyphosate.

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Music Goddess Uehara Hiromi

Music Goddess Uehara Hiromi

The Gods of Music have anointed Ueda Hiromi as one of their own, a Goddess who now travels this mortal coil spreading joy where ever she may go. Here, exuberance exudes from her heart to all, via her Goddess-like unparalleled musical skills and divine presence.

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My Friend The Kamikaze

My Friend The Kamikaze

It was just the other day when one called a dear old friend in Miura Peninsula for a catch-up after a very long time, where she confided to me that her father was actually in the 特攻隊 (tokotai – kamikaze squad).

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Dan Son Jo Hi

Dan Son Jo Hi

Recently there has been some controversy concerning a decrepit, past-expiration-date politician, who has historically been looked upon by the common Japanese with palpable distaste while being widely considered somewhat of a moron.

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Window Tribe

Window Tribe

What is the window tribe? It has to do with the corporate ladder, and the dreaded desk beside the dreary window.

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Personalized Solar Farm

Personalized Solar Farm

Putting in a lot of thought about a solar array after the typhoons (now known as Megaphoons), in September of 2019, knocked out a large swath of our prefectures electricity for a full 3 days in this area, and in some other cases for weeks.

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The Mickey Mousification of Japan

The Mickey Mousification of Japan

​When one thinks of Mickey Mouse, what is the very first thing that comes to mind? First and foremost, the joy this dearly beloved character brings young and old alike, and is so very cherished and dear to the Japanese heart.

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Kata – Way Forward – Part 6

Kata – Way Forward – Part 6

Seeing the Japanese as katified throughout the evolution of this ancient civilization, one would have to say there are some bright spots, not only for the future of Japan, but for the shared future of an advancing civilization based upon ancient moral codes.

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Kata – Part 4 – Katafication

Kata – Part 4 – Katafication

Keep in mind the social harmony one see in Japan is based upon following proper kata etiquette in daily behaviour, and remains the guiding constitution in all Japanese relationships. To understand this further one must look back into the indigenous belief system of the Japanese, known as Shintoism, and then one can see from whence this all came.

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Akemashite Omedetogozaimasu

Akemashite Omedetogozaimasu

When recalling the way New Year’s Eve was celebrated so many years ago now, the images of these New Years Eve parties were very boisterous and rollicking, ringing in the Happy New Year with drink, dance, song, mirth, merriment, and gaiety.

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Kata – Part 3 – Harmony

Kata – Part 3 – Harmony

The core principal of Japan’s kata cultural from the earliest times has been the promotion and maintenance of harmony. Personal behaviour, as well as all relationships, both private and public, was based upon strictly controlled harmony in the proper inferior-superior context of Japanese society, which continues up until this day.

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Kata – Part 1 – Form Order & Process

Kata – Part 1 – Form Order & Process

Having an awareness and understanding of kata is paramount to gaining comprehension of, and deal with the Japanese. The entire traditional Japanese culture, starting with personal etiquette, and then in how one learns to do all routine things in life, was, and still is based on precise kata.

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The Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs

The Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs

Proverbs are indigenous to all cultures, and often expose the deeper roots of the philosophy and psychology of a society. Japanese culture is especially rich in kotowaza or proverbs, as Japanese culture is ancient and has been highly sophisticated for a very very long time.

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Koban: Police Box

Koban: Police Box

Watching recent events around the globe, it’s easy to see the police as adversarial, but are they? Not where I live. Called kōban in Japanese, this is a small neighbourhood police station found throughout Japan.

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Language is a Concept: Kao-Face

Language is a Concept: Kao-Face

Like many things in Japanese culture, coming to an understand of key social concepts and the significance of their meaning to the Japanese takes intention and awareness to fully understand. One must say gaining an in-depth understanding of “kao” or “face”, and the gravity of protecting one’s face is of paramount importance to successfully interacting with the Japanese.

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Is My Wife a (Good) Witch?

Is My Wife a (Good) Witch?

There is a specific reason why one thinks perhaps she has some kind of the special powers, as she continues to conjure up things from other worlds, and manifest them into our world. The first inkling I had that my wife was a (good) witch, is she conjured up our beautiful black cat by doing the following…

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The Milk Of Human Kindness

The Milk Of Human Kindness

Imagine waking up as an eight-year-old and seeing a stranger sleeping in your living room. For most, this would be a most unusual occurrence, however, not in my childhood household.

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Language is a Concept: San-Mr. Mrs. Ms.

Language is a Concept: San-Mr. Mrs. Ms.

Some of the Japanese social conventions took much longer to internalize, and some of these lesson were really tough. The age old custom of the Japanese attaching the honorific san to the first and/or last names of the people one addresses is perhaps one aspect of Japanese etiquette which may seem like trivial nonsense to some foreigners.

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The Mask

The Mask

When observing the first winter flu season in Japan, one was quite taken aback by people wearing what looked like white surgical masks. And thought, there are lots of doctors and nurses out and about today. When inquiring to a Japanese friend, as to why the citizens were wearing masks, they replied, “In this season, if you are feeling even a little unwell, you cover your face with a mask so as not to give something unwanted to anyone else”.

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Language is a Concept: Amae-Indulgent Love

Language is a Concept: Amae-Indulgent Love

A deeper concept than “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine”, gaining an understanding into “amae”, is to gain an understanding into the Japanese way.Very early in Japanese history the concept of “amae” became a primary principal in the cultural and one of the fundamental foundations of where bonds of mutual trust are build into long, durable relationships. 

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Why Ancestors Worship?

Why Ancestors Worship?

What does it actually mean to worship one’s ancestors? First of all, there are different ideas about the word “worship” and what it encompasses in a “religious” context. I prefer to use the word “veneration” as can be translated nicely into Japanese as “sonkei”, which I feel to be a little more, “down-to-earth”.

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People You Meet: Joe Palermo

People You Meet: Joe Palermo

Who would have ever thought before the Internet, one could come across a kindred spirit, via a social media platform, and discover so very much in common, based upon our experiences in Japan, now decades ago. In fact, Joe wrote a book about his experience in Japan starting from the early 80s and it was incredible to read of the profound similarities of so many of the experiences we both had back in the 80s in Japan.

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Massage My Soul

Massage My Soul

I observed her massaging John in what could only be described as seeing his painful grimacing, this obviously highly skilled massage therapist was working on a man one and a half time her own size, and getting deep into his tissue. After this experience, we anointed this remarkable woman “Needle Fingers Granny“.

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Japanese Women Power: Mercedes Benz Mechanic

Japanese Women Power: Mercedes Benz Mechanic

This young women dream to become a Merceds Benz mechanic has turned into reality. Next year from April she starts out on her special journey fixing Mercedes Benz, with not only high level mechanic skills, but with the warm and tender touch that can only be brought to the job by a motivated and subtly powerful woman.

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Wabi-Sabi

Wabi-Sabi

I was never consciously aware of wabi-sabi, but like many unspoken mysteries of Japan, awareness of wabi-sabi is an innate trait in the spirit of the Japanese. In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi (侘寂) is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection.

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The Almighty Chop

The Almighty Chop

The personal seal is a piece of stone engraved with your family’s ideogram, or in my case the first three initials of my name. Company chops have elaborate engraving of the company’s name, and these designs are complex and extremely difficult to duplicate.

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Akitaya; Japanese Style Family Restaurant

Akitaya; Japanese Style Family Restaurant

As I was walking along the street near the bus terminal I saw a big open window with large puffy billows of white smoke pouring out, and diligent men in white uniforms grilling skewers of pork. There were also several customers standing at the outside counter enjoying themselves, which along with a line up at the entrance was a very good sign.

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Reason For Being

Reason For Being

Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being”. The word refers to having a direction or purpose in life, that which makes one’s life worthwhile, and to take spontaneous and willing actions giving one satisfaction, and a sense of meaning to one’s own life. Ikigai consists of ‘Iki’ (to live [生き]) and ‘gai’ (reason[甲斐]).

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Sorry Boys, No Baseball Today

Sorry Boys, No Baseball Today

Sorry Boys, No Baseball Today The Japanese National High School Baseball Championship tournament got cancelled for they first time in several decades. Alas. Personally, I am not a spectators of sports, preferring to play badminton with my local club; however, I do...

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I Have Known You For Years,  I Don’t Know Your Name

I Have Known You For Years, I Don’t Know Your Name

I have a relationship with a subsidiary of a large corporation since 1992. There was a gruff but kind engineer who had been with this company from its inception in 1970. He called me “anchan” all the time, which I guess was an appropriate suffix for him to use in this ridged Japanese hierarchal system.

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Finding One’s “WAY”

Finding One’s “WAY”

Japan’s natural religion, Shinto (神道), consist of 2 ideograms: “God (神)” and “Way (道)”. I noticed there are many different Japanese disciplines contain “Way (道)”. The “Way (道)” to be the most important thing in ones own life, and the quest for all is to find ones own “Way (道)”.

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Am I An Alien?

Am I An Alien?

Am I An Alien? My lovely spouse called me an alien the other day (Anata wa uchijin desu ne!). Now what she didn’t know when she called me an “alien”, is we “foreigners” used to be categorized as “aliens” on an official Japan government document. And the word “alien”...

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Way Of Bath

Way Of Bath

Bathing is truly a unique experience in Japan. I never thought about the art of bathing while growing up in Central British Columbia, when as a child, I was taking my weekly bath on Sunday evening. Jump in, scrub up, wash off the soap (yes, while in the same water one soaped up in is where one also rinsed)

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Walk With Me

Walk With Me

Walk With Me More often than not, I think the neighborhood I live in is sublime. I walked around my neighborhood with my new found friends the other day and one of them turned to me and said “you have such a opulent walking course” and I had to agree. Join me on a...

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Miraculous Rock Art

Miraculous Rock Art

Miraculous Rock Art You could consider Akie Nakata to be a rock star of sorts, but not the one that usual comes to mind.  Akie Nakata is a self-taught artist creating realistic animal designs using small stones and pebbles to make incredible art which you can hold in...

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Significance Of Cherry Blossoms

Significance Of Cherry Blossoms

What may look like just a gigantic party in Japan, is actually something that has much deeper meaning and significance to the Japanese. The time when cherry blossoms are bloom is when the Japanese gather to reflect on just how fleeting and ephemeral life can be, all the while sitting, eating, drinking, and some times singing and dancing as they congregating beneath the majestic cherry trees.

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Incredible Paper Octopus

Incredible Paper Octopus

Incredible Paper OctopusWhat can you do with a single sheet of paper? Plenty when your name is Masayo Fukuda, who, after seeing her art I now refer to her as Sensai Tensai or “delicacy genius”. The Japanese are know to be extremely diligent and exceptionally...

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Girls Festival-Hinamatsuri

Girls Festival-Hinamatsuri

Girls Festival-HinamatsuriAt the beginning of every March there is the spectacular Girls Festival here in Japan.   As you can see, the ancient cultural of Japan is alive and well in modern Japan today. The primary aspect of the Girl’s Festival is the display of seated...

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Spirit Of The Word

Spirit Of The Word

Spirit Of The WordOne's wise wife often chides when the Occidental savage, who stinks of butter, has unthoughtful things to say. In where she always reminds me of kotodamashi or "the spirit of the word." Most of us (unless you are a psychopath), know the power of...

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Shoten: Laugh Point

Shoten: Laugh Point

Shoten: Laugh PointThere is a very interesting and long running TV program that has been running since May 15, 1966, called laugh point (shoten). In fact, the show has been going so long that I am on my 3rd host since coming to Japan. They don't quit the job, they...

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Setsubun: Throw Some Beans

Setsubun: Throw Some Beans

Setsubun: Throw Some BeansSetsubun is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan, and has its origins in a Chinese custom introduced to Japan in the eighth century. The name literally translation is "seasonal division", and usually refers to the spring Setsubun,...

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Sobataka Jinja Moustache Festival

Sobataka Jinja Moustache Festival

Sobataka Jinja Moustache FestivalEvery year near our house there is a very interesting, if not somewhat bizarre festival ,which takes place at a historic shrine, Sobataka Jinja. This shrine was established in year eighteen of the Jinmu-tennō reign, which began in 660...

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Tuna Fish Insanity

Tuna Fish Insanity

Tuna Fish InsanityPersonally, I don't eat things that are becoming endangered, but that is just me. However, the Japanese are at it again, expensive seafood, really, really expensive seafood. A single  bluefin tuna fetched 193.2 million yen on Sunday at the 2020 New...

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Snow Monkeys Of Hell’s Valley

Snow Monkeys Of Hell’s Valley

Snow Monkeys Of Hell's ValleyAn incredible natural phenomena is happening in the Land Of The Rising Son as we traveled to one of the largest prefectures and Japan, Nagano. By the way, Nagano is mostly know for hosting the 1998 Winter Olympics. We made our way over the...

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First Visit To The Imperial Palace

First Visit To The Imperial Palace

First Visit To The Imperial Palace We had the once in a life time opportunity to enter the Imperial Palace Grounds and see the incredible structure assembled for this rare event know as "Daijōsai". These structures were recently constructed and then used in a...

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The Beckoning Cat (maneki-neko)

The Beckoning Cat (maneki-neko)

The Beckoning Cat (maneki-neko) Often times, when you are going into a shop, you will see a cat with a paw raised up beckoning you into their store. The maneki-neko is usually displayed in, and often at the entrance of shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors,...

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For The Love Of Crab

For The Love Of Crab

For The Love Of Crab No one can accuse the Japanese of doing thing halfway. When they engage, they really engage. And their willingness to on occasion  pay exorbitant amount of money for what one would think is ordinary seafood, is, well, alive and well. You would...

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Shichi-Go-San (Seven-Five-Three)

Shichi-Go-San (Seven-Five-Three)

The meaning of this important event is to celebrate the survival of their children, because as we all know historically understand, the mortality rate for young children in most parts of the world was very high. They pray to the Shinto Gods for the continuing healthy growth of their children in the coming years of youth into adulthood.

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Really Scary Ghosts

Really Scary Ghosts

Really Scary Ghosts One attended a high school cultural festival and was highly intrigued by the haunted house assembled by the one of the grade 12 classes. Now the difference between the Western ghosts and goblins and the spirits of the dead Japanese is profound....

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The Japanese Way Of Cake

The Japanese Way Of Cake

The Japanese never fail to amaze me when it comes to KAIZEN. As I’m sure many of you already know as fans of Japan, the Japanese take things from the outside world, and refine them to an extraordinary degree and make them uniquely Japanese.

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Japanese Flower Card Game: Hanafuda

Japanese Flower Card Game: Hanafuda

Japanese Flower Card Game: Hanafuda Just around the time I came to Japan, I met a man 10 years older than I, and he became my best friend.  Unusual for Japan, he was one of the top race horse trainers in Japan. Having just landed on the Land Of The Rising Son, I...

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Wagyu vs Amegyu

Wagyu vs Amegyu

Wagyu vs AmegyuThe way one thinks about beef is fundamentally different between America and Japan. It seems that the general philosophy of the Americans is; more is better. As this is borne out by the massive steaks, hamburgers, and ribs available in the dinning...

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Japanese Tattoos

Japanese Tattoos

Japanese Tattoos Without a doubt the Japanese have some of the most incredible art, and the art of Japanese tattoos is no exception. The Japanese word for tattoo, irezumi is translates directly as "inserting ink". Fundamentally having a tattoo in Japan is strictly...

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Samurai Salaryman

Samurai Salaryman

Samurai SalarymanLike many aliens, I mean foreigners, I got my start in Japan as an English lecturer. Fortunately, I had the privilege of sub contracting to a large Japanese company for my career. There I saw complex hierarchical human relationships, fierce factions,...

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Delights Of The Sea: Sashimi

Delights Of The Sea: Sashimi

Delights Of The Sea: Sashimi Sashimi translates to “raw fish”, and who would have ever have thought this Japanese word would become a part of the English lexicon. Let's think about it: Who in their right mind would think, “Why not - let’s eat fish raw”, said no one...

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Who is Sazae-san?

Who is Sazae-san?

Who is Sazae-san?The importance of the Sazae Family to the Japanese can not be over emphasized. Sazae-san (main female character, lives with her husband, Masuo, her parents, younger brother and sister and her child) is based upon the comic character first publishes in...

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What Are Loan Words?

What Are Loan Words?

What Are Loan Words? Did you know that Japanese has an extensive amount of “loan words” most of them are English? I often tell the Japanese, that they already have a rich English vocabulary, if they only pay attention to the "loan words" and pronounce them properly,...

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Basketball: Invented in Canada Refined in Japan

Basketball: Invented in Canada Refined in Japan

Basketball: Invented in Canada Refined in JapanThere was quite a stir in Japan recently as a Japanese citizen became the first Japanese basketball player to be taken in the first round of the NBA draft by the Washington Wizards. This is a very important milestone for...

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Traveler’s Guardian Deity

Traveler’s Guardian Deity

Along my merry way in my neighborhood, I am always entreated by these Deities guarding the traveler. And indeed, for the thoughtfulness of the ones who created and set up these in order to “guard and protect” the wary travelers on the way.

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Japanese Radio Calisthenics Every Day

Japanese Radio Calisthenics Every Day

Japanese Radio Calisthenics Every DayMy wife (also known as The Big Girl), and I normally started our day with the Japanese radio calisthenics program: Known in Japanese as rajio taisō. The rajio taisō was introduced to Japan in 1928 as a commemoration of the...

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How The Japanese View Death

How The Japanese View Death

How The Japanese View Death My cousin posted the following on social media. "In loving memory of my Dad, 10 years ago today he passed away. My girls and I paid our respect by cleaning up his head stone and place flowers on his resting place, always missed never...

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The Matsuri: How the Japanese Worship “God”

The Matsuri: How the Japanese Worship “God”

The Matsuri: How the Japanese Worship “God" After going to stay in the 328 year old Japanese Inn, I thought it was only appropriate to visit the annual Summer festival in my hometown. I mean why not, this is also very, very old. In fact this festival is older than the...

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The Power Of Curiosity

The Power Of Curiosity

The Power Of Curiosity I read an interesting quote in my Japanese study application by Einstein in the “Wise Saying” section. He said, "I don't have any particular talents, but have an extraordinarily curious mind. Now I would never put myself in the same category as...

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The Beauty of Gunma & Sekizenkan

The Beauty of Gunma & Sekizenkan

The Beauty of Gunma PrefectureWhen was the last time you stayed in a 328 year old hotel? Never? Me either, until the other day! Regardless of how exotic it may seem to those living outside of Japan, in fact life is full of mundane and daily routines, and mine is...

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The Compound Effect

The Compound Effect

The Compound Effect I read a very important book by Darren Hardy called the Compound Effect several years ago. I think we all have a natural instinct as to what the compound effect is, but don't realize the importance of this concept. So what exactly is the "compound...

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Why Would Anyone Cheat Granny?

Why Would Anyone Cheat Granny?

Why Would Anyone Cheat Granny?Just like any other country, Japan has its share of crime. In particular, the swindling of the elderly has been particularly problematic over the last several years. What is the most incomprehensible, and is a very common swindle in Japan...

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Japanese telepathy: i shin den shin

Japanese telepathy: i shin den shin

Coming from Zen Buddhism, this is a state where two parties need not language spoken or written to communicate between their heart for mutually unspoken understanding. i shin den shin is still a fundamentally unknown concept in the west, however, it is an ingrained Japanese cultural phenomena unparalleled anywhere else, it’s woven into the Japanese DNA, I don’t doubt it.

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Hikikomori Rampage Shocks Japan

Hikikomori Rampage Shocks Japan

Hikikomori Rampage Shocks Japan A couple of weeks back there was a horrific attack on innocent school children and the accompany adults. A blatant loss of innocent life in such a matter is this is truly a heartbreaking story. There's some specific Japanese thumbprints...

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Negishi Lives On

Negishi Lives On

Negishi Lives OnI like living in the country of Japan, no, I literally mean in the countryside of Japan. Negishi is the name of this restaurant, and it has been here, well, a long time! Anyway, that’s not the point, the point is, this establishment servers extremely...

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Sir, You Have No Hair

Sir, You Have No Hair

Sir, You Have No HairContinuing my theme of no hair on this week’s blog post. The funniest thing happen to me just the other day, and I couldn't be more tickled. Celebrating my son's 26th birthday, and the arrival of his friend from the UK to Japan, went to our...

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I Love My Japanese Barber

I Love My Japanese Barber

I Love My Japanese BarberWhy I love the Japanese barber even though I no longer have hair. Looking back upon old pictures, I have to admit, I had pretty nice naturally curly hair. However, along with these beautiful locks, I was also honored with a triple crown and a...

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Swift Water Polishes Rough Stone

Swift Water Polishes Rough Stone

Swift Water Polishes Rough StoneAdversity, failure, fear, stress, and uncertainty keeps us from changing life's direction to a more fulfilling and meaningful direction. I know for me this is always a constant challenge. In the times I am lacking confidence, afraid,...

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Fleeting Moments

Fleeting Moments

Looking back, one can see how time used to go so slowly. 

Remember sitting in a dreadful and boring class not listening to the teacher drone on and on and on about subjects that are not interesting at all (algebra). 

As the years went by, can the realization that perception of time is subjective.

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Start From The Beginning Again

Start From The Beginning Again

Start From The Beginning Again It took around 15 years to complete these three books.At the beginning it was start and stop; we've all been there. And as we all well know, there is no traction when your wheels are spinning, and spinning, and spinning (you get the...

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The “wa” of Vacuuming

The “wa” of Vacuuming

The “wa” Of Vacuuming  Previously I have looked at vacuuming as a bothersome “chore”.However, I have now found this task to be more of an opportunity to put on the headphones and listen to an interesting podcast for 1/2 hour.When you change your mind, you can...

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Go Somewhere New Today

Go Somewhere New Today

Go Somewhere New Today Having lived in Japan for over half of my life, I have had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Asia. Seeing these incredibly diverse cultures, and experiencing these distinctive atmospheres has been life changing to say the least....

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People Often Ask

People Often Ask

Ask me how I learnt to read Chinese characters.And I always reply “One at a time”. Every thousand mile journey starts with the first step.

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Cross The Chasm

Cross The Chasm

Looking back over past and realizing that the only thing holding me back from achieving the vision I have held for so many years was in making the decision to “Cross the Chasm”.

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