Share Your Experience in Japan

November 9th, 2015 by Explorer

Often called as the “Land of the Rising Sun,” the stratovolcanic archipelago with 6, 852 island is undoubtedly one of the best countries in the world. Japan is rich in culture and tradition that people strictly follow. There are many more reasons to visit the country from amazing nightlights in the city and unique festivals in various places to all things tech and many more. Not just that, it is a great place to unearth castles, shrines, and temples. Businessmen should take the opportunity to help travellers discover the true beauty of Japan. Not all people are aware of its greatness that is why we need to take the initiative to let them know about it.

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Travelling is fun, not only because you will be able to see different sceneries but also you will definitely learn more about a different culture. Countries all over the world may share some similarities but our cultures are unique with each other. We may generalized countries in Asia, but note that they are very different from each other. Thus, it is interesting to visit different countries and have a first-hand experience of everything. If you love to travel in different places, you should consider doing travel blogs. By blogging, you will be able to share your experience and give tips with other people especially those who are planning a trip. To increase your website visitor, you can choose to buy traffic. This option is preferred by people who are novice in blogging.

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The Best Food in Japan: Sushi

November 8th, 2015 by Explorer

Sushi is one of the most famous Japanese foods all over the world. For a tourist, eating an authentic Japanese sushi is included in their to-do list while in the country. This food consists of cooked vinegared rice combined with other ingredients, such as raw uncooked seafood, vegetables, and some have tropical fruits. The ingredients and forms of sushi presentation have a wide range of difference, but the common ingredient in all sushi is the rice that can either be brown or white. The differences in sushi arise from fillings, toppings, condiments, and the preparation. In addition, traditional and contemporary methods of assembly may create very different sushi even though they have the similar ingredients. It is interesting to create your own blog about food. If you dont know how to start a blog, you can check websites and other blogs that give advice to novices.

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The Elaborate Practice of Drinking Tea in Japan

November 8th, 2006 by Explorer

Although drinking tea originally came from China, it is quite understandable why the Japanese people practice an elaborate ceremony of drinking the wondrous liquid. Both nations practice Busdhism which was the root cause of the emergence of the traditional ritual commonly known as Tea Ceremony. This is not just about tea, really because to be able to participate in the actual ceremony, one has to know more about calligraphy, ceramics, flower arrangements, incense and the distinction of different variants of tea and what kind of sweets go well with it.

The tea ceremony is first developed as a religious ritual reflecting the Buddhist belief for transformative practice and since then has evolved to a well-refined formal ceremony. Its principles are quite simple: tranquility, harmony, honor, respect for one another and to keep treasured moments of each and every meeting. Several known schools specialize in tea ceremonies each with their own set of rituals but still meet halfway on the basis of the principle of the ceremony and how it should  be taken. The ceremony, headed by a male or female host, usually lasts one to five hours more or less, depending on the type of ceremony being held as well as the number of guests participating.

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Japanese Ingenuity

November 7th, 2006 by Explorer

If the U.S. has Walt Disney films and Warner Bros cartoons, Japan has anime, a term when heard will surely give a person an idea that ‘it is from Japan’.  However, anime is just a shortened word for ‘animation’, yet when use by people all over the world the term would mean animation that started in Japan.  But for the Japanese people anime means all types of animation that originated from all over the globe.

The Anime in Japan started during the early 20th century through Japanese movie-makers who tested animation procedures in which at that time were being studied in countries such as the United States, Germany, and France.  Furthermore, as an output of the increasing fame of Japanese comics ‘Manga’, anime gained more acceptance.  Stories and characters in Manga were frequently made into animation, particularly those written by Osama Tezuka, the Japanese ‘legend’ and ‘god of manga’.  Through manga, anime had developed its own genre and characteristics.

During the 1980s, Japanese people learned to accept anime, thus increasing its production.  Then by 1990s till present, anime is already a widely accepted and patronized form of TV program and movie not just in Japan but all over the world as well.

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Japanese Food Influences

November 6th, 2006 by Explorer

It is no wonder why people living near the sea know lots of seafood preparation, just like how the Japanese learned different fish diets because Japan is a big island and fishes are abundant.  However, Japanese foods today are also influences of other nations and cultures.  For instance, rice was introduced to Japan during the 3rd century BC through a tribe that migrated from Korea.  Presently, rice is more than a food for Japanese people, because it also use in making wine, paper, and feeds for animals.  Furthermore, tea, soy sauce, and chopsticks are actually influenced from China, even Imperial rule and the dominant religion in Japan today, Buddhism.

When the Westerners came during the 16th century for trading, they introduced to Japanese people different fried foods that make fried tempura and breaded meat not really Japanese.  Along with fried foods, traders from the West also brought corn, tobacco, and sugar.  In addition, during the early 1600s, Japan’s military commander ordered to close Japan’s sea ports, thus preventing traders from coming in at the same time keeping Japan in isolation.  At that time, authorized religion, Buddhism, greatly influenced Japanese meals, and until now it is observable that Japanese people prepare foods with five colors — red, green, white, black, and yellow, and five flavors, sour, bitter, salty, spicy, and sweet.

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All About Holy Marriage Rites Of Japan

November 5th, 2006 by Explorer

Wedding is one of the most important occasions where families and friends get together to celebrate the union of two hearts and in Japan, with all of the fast-rising country’s romantic beauty, getting married is even more exciting. I was talking to a Japanese friend recently and she
told me that lately, numerous Japanese couples choose to get hitched outside the country to combine the honeymoon and the ceremony as well as to minimize the possible guests, which transcends to a lower cost. She herself is planning one to be held in Hawaii but she insists that
holding the ceremony abroad doesn’t mean they should shy away from the traditional exchange of wedding vows.

Usually, Japanese weddings take place at shrines which nowadays can be strategically located inside a hotel and the ceremony is in Shinto (the primitive Japanese faith) style. Some couple still prefers to wear stylish kimonos, the expensive Japanese formal dress in silk fabric, even
at a time when most Asian countries are influenced by the American way of life. Although there are couples who infused a couple of Western traditions, like cutting of the cake, the presence of identical rings or wearing white gowns instead of kimonos, into the usual Japanese wedding,
the idea that it is a sacred ceremony of binding two people together is never erased especially when the percentage of arranged marriages has decreased to 12% in 1991 from a high 40% in the early ’70s. FYI: My friend’s getting married to her soulmate and not to somebody chosen by her

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Indulge In Tofu Dishes

November 4th, 2006 by Explorer

If you are used to eating tasteful and colorful dishes, you’ll definitely find tofu as something new. But when you are in Japan where numerous tofu restaurants are found, you can’t possibly help but try this bland soya bean product that is said to have important nutrients like protein and calcium, protects you against cancer, does not contain bad cholesterol and in a way, helps in slowing down loss of memory. You may be surprised, but tofu is included in many of the most prominent dishes in Japan. It is the main ingredient in salads, steaks, soups, dumplings, sushis and even sherbets and can definitely make your palates go wild just like any meat dish can.

Three main variants of tofu headline most, if not all, Japanese dishes. There’s the kinugoshi-dofu better-known as silk tofu that is served plain and cold topped with special sauce, spring onion, wasabi and grated ginger or even as a soup ingredient best for cold weather. Momen-dofu or the cotton tofu, which is drier and firmer, is the most appropriate kind for deep-frying while the yaki-dofu or grilled tofu is commonly included in sukiyaki dishes because it is best enjoyed when simmered. In any case, eating tofu is good with all the health benefits it entails and in Japan, eating tofu serves as a prime source of happiness for the diners.

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Japan’s Weird but Helpful Creations

November 3rd, 2006 by Explorer

Japanese are known primarily because of their innovations in the field of technology.  Japanese inventors have been creating different kinds of stuff including a toilet that can check a person’s blood sugar, a computer mouse that can identify a person, and a singing and dancing robot.  Nobody knows if anyone is interested in buying these weird but cool stuff, however, they prove to be good house companions.

The singing and dancing robot or better known as SDR-4X was created by Sony Company in Japan as a two-legged home entertainment robot, which is also capable of identifying 10 different faces and even greet them.  The robot is only 2 feet tall and can also drag things of about 55 feet per minute in a plain surface while 16 feet per minute in a rough surface.   There is also the toilet that can actually measure a person’s blood sugar by studying a person’s ordure.   After analyzing the ordure, the toilet will then send the result to a doctor through the Internet.  Then there is the computer mouse that uses infrared light to confirm a person’s identity.  These are just some of Japan’s strange creations but really show how creative and technology whiz Japanese are.

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Traditional Japanese Hotel

November 2nd, 2006 by Explorer

I must say that the best experience I had when we visited Japan was not when I met Mickey Mouse in Disneyland nor when I saw the famous Mount Fuji, but my best experience was during our stay in a ryokan. Ryokan is Japan’s traditional hotel, and is hard to locate in major cities like Tokyo, though there are few if you would only be patient to look for one, because most ryokan are situated in mountainous areas where there are beautiful natural sceneries.

The one we stayed at was in Tokyo, and the rate was quite costly compared to other hotels, but it was all worth it. The ryokan where we stayed has a large doorway with chairs and couches so visitors can wait comfortably. Our room was made up of traditional materials like the tatami, or mats made of straw, for the flooring and washi, a Japanese paper made from the bark of a certain Japanese tree, for the sliding door. A futon or a Japanese mattress roughly two inches thick with stuffed cotton were used as our bed. We were also provided with a Japanese bathrobe or the yukata, but is more of a casual kimono, and we were able to borrow geta or a wooden sandal that we used to roam outside. It was really a different experience staying in a ryokan.

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What Makes Christmas a Special Season in a Buddhist Country?

October 31st, 2006 by Explorer

The cool breeze can only be associated with one important occasion, at least for the Christians, that keeps people merry, excited and yes, busy. Christmas never ceases to be a happy affair even for a country that is dominated by non-Christians. Roughly 1% of the Japanese population
has Christian belief but that did not stop the people in the country to celebrate with the rest of the world in the merry month of December. Christmas Day is not counted as a holiday here unless it falls on a Sunday but we do party, fill our homes with Christmas decors, exchange gifts
and prepare special meals obviously copying the Western custom. But all these traditions do not mean to us the way it do to a Christian.

Merry celebrations are held all over because the last calendar month is the season for bounenkai here; we learned decorating our homes from the premier buildings and shopping malls who do so to attract potential customers; gift packages are solicited from company to company as Oseibo
(the year-end gift) to promote good business; and our special dinner which is rounded up by a Christmas cake which usually consists of sponge cake, strawberries and whip cream is a dish that we have learned to associate with the season. Oh yeah, we make a big fuss out of the dawning
of a New Year than the Christmas season.

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Sushi Fever

October 30th, 2006 by Explorer

Japanese famous dishes include tempura, sashimi, ramen, and of course my favorite sushi. There were even times that I would crave for sushi in the middle of the night, but I know I just have to be cool for tomorrow will still come. There were times also that I would eat sushi only for the whole day, and there were times that I would fight with my siblings just to have the most number of sushi that our mom brought home. That is how I am addicted to this delicious Japanese cuisine. However, I was never contented in eating just one variety of sushi that is why I exerted an effort to find out other sushi types.

I found out that my most favorite sushi is called the Norimaki, which is a combination of seafood rolled and sushi rice in nori, or the thin dried seaweed sheets. There are different kinds of sushi rolls that are done “inside out” which by the way are famous in other countries not only in Japan. Then there is Nigirizushi, which is a sushi that is made up of rice ball, and a fish that is place on top of it, thus making it look good and yummy. Tuna is my favorite kind of Nigiri because it is very tasty at the same time it goes well with the rice, but there are other types of Nigirizushi such as octopus, squid, shrimp, and eel. My third favorite variety of sushi is the Inari and I like it because it is much cheaper than other sushi. The Inarizushi is very easy to prepare with only the sushi rice being stuffed inside a deep fried tofu or better known as the aburaage bags.

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Uniquely Japanese

October 27th, 2006 by Explorer

When I saw her on television vying for the honor of the 2003 Miss Universe, I never had an idea that she is Japanese until the host announced it.  Miyako Miyazaki startled the world with her audacious but elegant night gown in the competition.  The 5′9″ Kumamoto native was so beautiful and sophisticated with her bra-on top-gown as she glided through the stage during the evening gown competition part of the pageant.  No wonder she caught the attention of the juries and the world as she won the 4th runner up title.  According to the director of Miss Japan competition, Miyako’s gown was her own choice because when she first saw it she knew right then that she would look lovely and unique with her nightgown.

A fashion and commercial model, Miyako Miyazaki has been the favorite of successful brands such as Nina Ricci, Renault, and Mikimoto to name a few.  She has also a heart for literature and an expert in penning Japanese calligraphy, and even dreams of sharing her passions with other Japanese children by building her own library.  This gorgeous lady proves that more than beauty, she also has brain and a good heart. With all her experience and good sense of style, Miyako Miyazaki has become a part trainer for Japan’s 2006 Miss Universe candidate, Kurara Chibana who won as the 2006 Miss Universe 1st runner up.

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