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Geishas are a traditional part of Japanese culture and have a long and interesting history. The first geishas appeared in the 13th century and were originally men known as taikomochi. These men were entertainers who performed a variety of roles, including telling stories, cracking jokes, and providing music and dance. By the 16th century, geishas had evolved into more of a storytelling and humorous role, and by the 17th century, women began joining the ranks of geishas as well. By the 1750s, women geishas outnumbered the men. Geishas were originally assistants to oirans, which were high-class courtesans who lived in...

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As a self-proclaimed sword fanatic, there's nothing I love more than delving into the rich history and cultural significance of different types of blades. And when it comes to swords, it's hard to top the iconic Japanese katana. But before we dive into the details of this legendary weapon, let's start with the basics: What is a Katana? A katana is a type of Japanese sword with a curved, single-edged blade that is traditionally made of tamahagane (a type of high-carbon steel). The blade ranges from around 23.6 inches to 29.5 inches in length and is worn edge-up in a...

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13 real anime locations that will inspire you to visit Japan If you're an lover of manga and anime, there's nothing like visiting the real-life places depicted in your favorite shows. Japan is home to some of the most iconic and picturesque locations featured in some of the world's most beloved anime and manga, and each one is well worth a visit. From the mountain forests of "Princess Mononoke" to the neon streets of "Steins Gate" in Tokyo, here are 13 real anime locations that will inspire you to visit Japan. 1. Yakushima – the “Princess Mononoke” forest One of...

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New Years is celebrated everywhere in the world, but it is interesting to compare the differences between western New Year / Christmas, with the way we celebrate it here in Japan. In many western countries, Christmas is meant to be spent with family and is a treasured time with loved ones while New Years is about fun celebrations with friends.  In Japan, it is the opposite. New Years is one of the most important times of year here in Japan and I would love to tell you more about it, so read on! Oshogatsu and Hatsumode As a Japanese person,...

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The Magic Of Ghibli Ghibli movies have captured the hearts of audiences around the world for decades. Founded in 1985 by directors Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and others, Ghibli is a Japanese animation studio known for its imaginative and beautifully crafted films. Some of Ghibli's most popular movies include "Spirited Away," a coming-of-age tale about a young girl who finds herself in a magical world of spirits, and "My Neighbor Totoro," a heartwarming story about two sisters and their encounters with friendly forest spirits. Both of these films have received critical acclaim and have become cultural touchstones, introducing many people...

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