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Japanese Igloos      6 0

A Japanese Igloo (Kamakura) is a simple kind of Igloo made by building up a round mound of snow two meters in diameter and hollowing out the center.

kamakura are japanese igloos
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Japan: Middle Class Paradise      3 1

If you ask Japanese people 90% will say that they are middle class (churyu). Interestingly, if you ask these people how they rank within the middle class 70% will say they are upper middle class.

japanese middle class families
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Poems and Sake      3 1

An ancient pastime of Japanese nobility was sitting beside a quiet stream and writing a short poem known as a Tanka. A cup of sake in a lacquered wood cup was placed in the stream and the poem was to be finished before the cup reaches the participant. When the cup floats by, the participant drinks it and the ceremony is completed.

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Naked Festivals in Japan      7 2

In Japan there are numerous festivals known as Hadaka Matsuri that involve male participants wearing nothing but loincloths performing various feats or just jostling and fighting with each other.

Hadaka Matsuri in Japan means a naked festival
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Wakakusa Yamayaki Festival      2 1

I have this general impression that the Japanese love burning things. I mean in Japan 90% of the garbage gets burned, if you are in the countryside you always smell fire from farmers touching their land, even in the city people burn their own garbage sometimes. My suspicions were confirmed when I found out about the Wakakusayama Yaki festival.

Wakakusayama Yaki festival
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Ditching the NHK Guy      5 2

Japanese public TV (NHK) is tracking me down. Sunday morning the NHK guy came to my door and told me I owned him 2,690 yen for two months of public TV. I pretended not to speak Japanese and in the most complex English I could muster said that I don't watch TV and I am not interested in paying. I closed the door and he disappeared.

nhk girl and mascot
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Dekotora: Pimp my ride Japanese style      11 5

Dekotora are Japanese art trucks that are created by bored truckers, hobbists or by advertising agencies for promotion or political propoganda.

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In Japan things are not always as they appear      3 0

In Japanese, Honne means honest thoughts and feelings and Tatemae is what is expected to be said in a given situation.

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