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1. 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...
2. Corrupted English In Japanese Language
In this article, find out some of the English words the Japanese have murdered and resurrected in their corrupt forms for use in their daily lives.
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. Dumping Garbage In Japan
You might wonder why there’s a need for an entire topic on this, but yes, there is... Find out why in this article.
5. Baffling Japanese Politeness – In A Train
Ah… Japan. The Land of (Baffling) Politeness. Even while you’re on a train in this country, you can’t escape from the air of politeness going all around… which, by the way, may or may not seem logical to a non-Japanese. Read this article, and make your own judgement on this.
6. Shusseiuo – Fishes Whose Names Vary
In this article, find out about “shusseiuo”, fishes whose names vary even though they’re still technically the same type. If you like sushi or are interested in knowing some tidbits about fish involved in sushi, the information provided here will be useful.
7. History of Three Japanese Dishes
Maybe you’ve tried them, maybe not. Interested to know how certain Japanese dishes came about to be? In this article, let’s learn some bite-sized tidbits on the history of a couple of Japanese dishes.
8. 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?"
9. 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…
10. 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.
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