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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the Japanese Culture Site! These are the top ten articles that your Japanese Culture Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
1. Bizarre Japanese Children Facts
Want to know about bizarre facts on Japanese kids that news reports will never feature? Then check out this article!
2. Impact Of Blood Type Beliefs In Japanese Society
The Japanese have a firm belief that blood type has a close relationship with a person's personality, and this belief can have an impact, to a smaller or greater degree, on their daily lives. Just how great can the impact be?
3. Problems Caused By Japanese Politeness
Politeness is not necessarily a good thing, and Japanese politeness, as famous as it is, can cause headaches for non-Japanese who don’t truly understand it.
4. Religious Views in Japanese Society
What is the main religion of Japan? Shinto? Or Buddhism? Or both? This article will clear any misconception that a non-Japanese person might have with regards to the average Japanese person’s religious views.
5. Maid Cafes
On the streets of Akihabara, the otaku heaven, several girls can be seen handing out flyers to passers-by, trying to attract customers to the cafes they work at. Sounds pretty normal, except that they’re dressed in maid costumes, and they work at what are called maid cafes.
6. Japanese Table Manners
Having good table manners is considered a very important part of Japanese culture – and it's not just about not talking with your mouth full either. Find out what the Japanese consider to be good table manners before, during and after meals in this week's article!
7. Zenkoji And The Key To Paradise
Would you like to gain enlightenment and be granted salvation, Buddhist-style? You can achieve these fairly easily at a certain temple in central Japan. Find out how and where in this weekï¿½s article!
8. Omikuji – Fortune Telling Paper
Find out about some eye-opening facts about “omijuki”, or fortune telling paper, in this week's article. What country are omikuji produced in? Hint: The answer is not Japan... Even most Japanese are not aware of this, so be one of the first few in the world to find out!
9. Himeyuri Peace Museum
Everyone knows about the Peace Memorial Park and A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, and the Peace Park in Nagasaki commemorating the atomic bombings in these two cities during World War II. Lesser known, but no less significant, is the Himeyuri Peace Museum in Okinawa.
10. Aoshima Shrine
Shrines and temples are a dime a dozen in the Land of the Rising Sun, but one particular shrine in Southern Kyushu stands out for the sheer variety of fortune telling activities one can do there.
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