Category Activities

6 Unique Japanese Activities

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Japanese activities run the gamut from the traditional theater with a 600-year history to sporting events from 500 years ago that are followed with equal national enthusiasm in the modern day to meeting at the Hachiko statue at Tokyo’s Shibuya…

Ikebana

In the West, florists create flower arrangements that bring out patterns of color and showcase the blooms at their peak. The art has a long history and a certain amount of respect from those who enjoy flowers, but general appreciation…

Manga

In the West, comic books are typically thought of as “kids’ stuff” and the adults who enjoy them are usually thought of as adults who refuse to grow up—and not in a good way. Although some graphic novels have tackled…

Onsens

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In Japan, it is quite common to take a relaxing soak in a bath at the end of each day and it is a daily chore to scrub one’s tub to keep it clean and free from mold. Nowhere is…

Sumo

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Two men enter the 5-foot round platform and face the crowded arena. They clap their hands and then stomp their legs, driving evil spirits from the ring. Once finished, they retreat to opposite corners, each taking a ladleful of “power…

Japanese Theater

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Long before the Internet, television, and cinema, people had to go to the theater to see fantastic stories brought to life. The theater has been a nearly-universal attraction since the ancient Egyptians first put on a play performance of one…