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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. Hanako – School Toilet Ghost
You may have seen the widely acclaimed Japanese horror movie The Ring and its sequels, spinoffs, and other similar movies. Creepy as they are, you know they're fiction. But there's one ghost from urban legend that some Japanese people still believe exists – Hanako, she who haunts school toilets.
4. Differences In A Japanese Temple and Shrine
A first time visitor to Japan can’t help but see the many temples and shrines, and would probably think that they are all the same. But they are not, here are the differences between a Japanese Shrine and a Japanese Temple.
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. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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?
9. The Most Bizarre Foods In Japan
Have you ever heard of fish and ice cream connection? Well Junk food didn’t originate only in the United States, the Japanese have their own kinds of bizarre foods that lets just say, you "must" require a special licensed chef to prepare it!
10. Shintoism - The Way of the Kami
In Shinto belief the Kami is ever present, being deities they can take whatever shape or form they desire, you would be surprised to discover that Shinto beliefs does not adhere to original sin.
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