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Here are the top ten articles for the Japanese Culture Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Personality Traits By Blood Type
In the early thirties, the Japanese believed that one’s blood type, was a great influence to one’s personality. This belief is still present today and in Japan, it is very common to be asked "What’s your blood type?"
2. The Merchant Class Of Feudal Japan
The Merchant class in most societies, are regarded as a necessary asset for nation building, this wasn’t so for the Merchants in feudal Japan because money was held in low regard.
3. Tomoe Gozen - Female Samurai
Tomoe Gozen was a legendary female samurai in Japan, she fought bravely and was victorious in many battles, one of note is the Gempei War.
4. Female Warriors In Ancient Japan
In the past, the traditional role of a woman in Japan, was one of treasured beauty, to be pampered and protected from all ills but did you know that some Japanese women, were warriors who flew into the face of danger and also played some major roles in Samurai battles?
5. Shinto - The Indigenous Religion of Japan
Shinto is the indigenous religion of the people of Japan and it dates back to 200 BC.
6. Izanami-no-Mikoto - Goddess Of Life & Death
Izanami-no-Mikoto was the consort of the Japanese god Izanagi-no-Mikoto, she is also the Japanese goddess that gives life, as well as controls death.
7. 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!
8. Momotaro – Peach Boy
In this article, find out some bite-sized information on a very famous old Japanese fable. But that's not all – learn about the actual places in Japan where this legend was based on. Yup, they are tourist attractions...
9. 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.
10. Takamori Saigo - the REAL Last Samurai
In the movie The Last Samurai, Tom Cruise meets up with Katsumoto, who stands for the old traditional ways of life. In reality, the samurai who stood up to the emperor´s quest for modernization was Takamori Saigo.
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