Shogi: Japan’s Chess

July 26, 2011

A Guest Post by Writer JR – Shogi is the Japanese variant of chess, and was the first of that family of games to include the ability to drop captured pieces onto one’s own side. This is perhaps because of the historical practice of mercenaries to change their allegiance when they were captured. Though the […]

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Clothing Size in Japan

July 24, 2011

A Guest post by Fay – In Japan, standard women’s clothing sizes fit heights between 150cm-166cm (4’11’’-5’5.5’’) and waist sizes between 56cm-71cm (22’’-28’’). Size 7/Small best fit women shorter than 158cm (5’2’’) with a waist of no more than 25’’, Size 9/Medium best fit women between 154cm-162cm (5’1’’-5’4’’) with a waist of no more than […]

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Japanese Resilience

July 22, 2011

As we all know, the Japanese were recently struck by a triple disaster: a huge earthquake, followed by a tsunami that claimed thousands of lives, and recently, a nuclear plant meltdown in Fukushima. In many countries, the Tsunami alone would be enough to trigger robbery, many political crises and chaos; yet, as you can see […]

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Japanese Superstitions and Beliefs

July 20, 2011

Guest post by Nayana M – As in other parts of the world, people in Japan have some beliefs and superstitions. A black cat crossing your path is considered bad but people in Japan especially businesses have figures of beckoning cats as it is considered to be lucky. The “lucky cat” or Maneki Neko as […]

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The Prestigious NHK Symphony Orchestra

July 18, 2011

A Guest Post by Writer JR – Taking its modern name in 1951, the NHK Symphony Orchestra is considered to be Japan’s premier orchestra. It had originally been titled the New Symphony Orchestra when it commenced operations in 1926. Illustrious individuals like Charles Dutoit and Vladimir Ashkenazy have worked with the organization. No one less […]

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