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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. Japanese Christmas Cake Recipe
Even though a majority of its population are none Christian, the Japanese still celebrate Christmas and they have their very own special Japanese Christmas Cake.
3. Shinto - The Indigenous Religion of Japan
Shinto is the indigenous religion of the people of Japan and it dates back to 200 BC.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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. Reality of Geisha
A Geisha is an Artist, or Person of Talent but despite many, popular Western theories, the geisha of feudal Japan and even of today, is very different from a prostitute.
8. 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.
9. The Heian Era – Classical Period Of Japan
The Heian era in Japan was a time of exquisite art, poetry, and music. It was a time when Japan was rich in beauty and discovery.
10. Baffling Japanese Politeness – Queuing
You’ve read about the eerily unnatural silence you’d experience inside a Japanese movie theatre (if not, go check out Baffling Japanese Politeness – At The Movies). Now, read about the Japanese queuing custom, which will make you wonder if they actually are an inherently polite race or not…
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