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Weddings Around the World: 5 Japanese Wedding Traditions

Giving gifts and honoring parents aren't just Korean wedding traditions - they're also important components of Japanese weddings. In this article, you'll learn about the unique traditions and rituals associated with Japanese weddings... Shintô is an ancient Japanese religion that continues to dominate the country's culture, especially its ceremonial traditions. Up to 79 percent of Japanese people still belong to Shintô temples, but the vast majority don't identify with its actual … Read More

Weddings Around the World: 5 Japanese Wedding Traditions
Giving gifts and honoring parents aren't just Korean wedding traditions - they're also important components of Japanese weddings. In this article, you'll learn about the unique traditions and rituals associated with Japanese weddings... Shintô is an ancient Japanese religion that continues to dominate the country's culture, especially its ceremonial traditions. Up to 79 percent of Japanese people still belong to Shintô temples, but the vast majority don't identify with its actual
Believe it or Not: 16 Bizarre Japanese Superstitions
Every culture has its own set of legends, myths, and superstitions, and Japan is no exception. Japanese culture dates all the way back to 35,000 BC., and so do some Japanese urban legends. From good luck omens to supernatural animals, here are 16 bizarre Japanese superstitions. Inanimate Objects Have Spirits Japanese Buddhists believe that inanimate objects, like dolls, have spirits. There are a number of Japanese stories about dolls or other inanimate objects coming to life. Jap
Japanese Etiquette: The Dos and Don'ts of Mealtime
There are a few important things you should know when you sit down to a Japanese meal. So whether you're visiting Japan or joining some Japanese friends for dinner, learn some basic Japanese etiquette with language tutor Emily G... Japan’s culture is very different from American culture, but perhaps the biggest surprise is how the differences touch even the most mundane parts of our daily lives. Meals in Japan, for example, can be very different from the typical American eating experience
The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Martial Arts
There's no better way to learn Japanese than exploring important aspects of the culture. Martial arts play a significant role in both Japanese history and Japanese culture. So whether you're taking Japanese lessons or you're interested in learning martial arts, here is your guide to the most popular Japanese fighting styles. Sumo Sumo is Japan’s national sport. The rules are simple: each rikishi (wrestler) tries to push his opponent out of the elevated, clay dohyo (ring). A sumo m
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Every culture has its own set of perks, quirks, and interesting facts, and Japan is no exception. So whether you're planning a trip, taking language lessons, or you just want to learn some facts about Japan, check out this fun, interactive slideshow. From facts about food to the lifestyle and the land, here are 45 things you probably didn't know about Japan.     Now that you've learned some interesting facts about Japan, is there anything you found shocking or

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