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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. 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.
4. Shinto - The Indigenous Religion of Japan
Shinto is the indigenous religion of the people of Japan and it dates back to 200 BC.
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. 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…
7. 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.
8. 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!
9. 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.
10. Toei Uzumasa Eigamura – Toei Kyoto Studio Park
Kyoto is well-known for its many shrines, temples and rich history. One particular tourist attraction in Kyoto that does not involve shrines and temples is Toei Uzumasa Eigamura, known as Toei Kyoto Studio Park in English.
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