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Articles from komachi

  1. The 100 Top Castles of Japan

    Do you fancy Japanese castles? If your answer is yes, you might be interested in what is all the rage among Japanese “castle lovers”: the Japan Top 100 Castles stamp rally! Japan’s Top 100 Castles (日本百名城 Nihon hyaku-meijō) contains a list of the most famous castles across the board of Japan....
  2. Doraemon Museum

    In the middle of a quiet residential area of Kawasaki’s Tama Ward, a new must-visit landmark has opened its gates: the Doraemon Museum, officially called the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum (藤子F.不二夫ミュージアム). Fujiko F. Fujio is the pen name of one of the most successful, well-known comic artists in...
  3. Japanese Albatross

    The tragic fate of the Japanese albatross The controversial Senkaku Islands, under Japan’s de facto control and with both China and Taiwan also laying claim on them, was originally a group of uninhabited islets no one paid attention to, let alone had any intentions of exploiting in any way....
  4. Underwear and shame in Japan

    Nihonbashi, Tokyo, December 16, 1932, around 9:15 am: a massive fire breaks out on the fourth floor of Shirokiya, a popular department store. It enters the annals of history as the infamous “Shirokiya department store (白木屋百貨店) fire disaster”. The Shirokiya was a high-rise building with eight...
  5. Horumon-yaki

    What is “Hormone Yaki”? Hormone-yaki (ホルモン焼き) is a Japanese dish, consisting of broiled internal organ of pigs, cows and poultry in the shape of large and small intestines, stomach, liver, heart, kidney, lungs, etc. This dish used to be served only in Korean barbecue restaurants. However,...
  6. Chopstick Etiquette

    How good are you at using chopsticks? If you are a Japan resident of some years, “pretty good!” you might say. However, the real question goes: how familiar are you with chopstick manners and taboos? Even the native Japanese do not seem to know about them so well, though using chopsticks is an...
  7. Viking

    Vikings! Scandinavian buccaneers, capturing ships and ravaging foreign shores in their dragon boats in early medieval times. Alas, in Japan “viking” (バイキング baikingu) refers to “all-you-can-eat” buffets, and this appelation has been in use for over fifty years. Why on earth, you may ask, are...
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