Monthly Archives: August 2014

When Spirits Return Japanese Traditions of August

In Japan, summer is time for the lively Bon Odori dances festivals, held in mid-August during the 3-day celebration of Obon "Festival of the Dead". The tradition traces its origin all the way back to the 8th century Heian period.

In Japan, mid-August is time for Bon Odori dances festivals during 3-day celebration of Obon “Festival of the Dead”. The tradition traces its origin all the way back to the 8th century Heian period.

Durin Obon, streets, parks and gardens … Read the rest

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Beat the Summer Heat the Japanese Traditional Way

 

Beat the summer heat Japanese traditional way

Most of the Japanese archipelago has four distinct seasons, and Japanese lifestyle includes time-tested traditions of coping with intense summer heat.

From our houses to our cars, offices and malls, air conditioners are everywhere. Indeed, life without them can … Read the rest

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Harmony or Efficiency Which Do You Rather Pick?

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Japanese hardly ever use the word no (いいえ, i-ie), even when they mean to disagree. Instead, they prefer to express a negative statement differently, and less harshly — albeit less efficiently. Simply put, they value harmony more than being efficient.… Read the rest

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