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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. Japanese School Life
You might have an idea of what Japanese school life is like from Japanese TV dramas, anime and manga. Unfortunately, more often than not, such media are not accurate portrayals of reality. Here’s a brief intro to what life in Japanese schools are really like.
5. 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.
6. 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?
7. Japanese School Sports Festival
Japanese school sports festivals are awe-inspiring to watch. Learn some bite-sized info about them in this article!
8. 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.
9. Healthcare In Japan
In Japan, how many times do you need to visit a dentist for a teeth polishing and scaling session? Make a guess before reading this week’s article to find out!
10. 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.
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