anonymous asked:

Hi! I hope it's ok to ask about the life style of Japanese people. So I heard (and if I'm wrong, please correct me) that in European and American countries people after graduating from high school (or reaching a certain age) are expected to and usually leave their parents' house. In my country it's still normal to live in their parents house. How about in Japan? Have a nice day!

So actually this is really interesting.  I can’t speak for other Asian countries and don’t really know about the European college system, but a lot of kids in Japan actually go to their college from home.  Unlike a lot of American Universities that have dorms and offer financial aid, a lot of Japanese colleges don’t have dorms, or if they do they’re really expensive.  And especially if the school is in a big city, that’s a lot of money.  A lot of kids intentionally choose to apply to colleges close to home as a result.  If they find a job far away after graduating, they’ll move out then, but if not there’s not really as much social stigma against staying with your parents.

This is also partially because traditionally, Japanese households are multi-generation.  It’s not strange for parents with kids to also be living with their grandparents.  It’s not strange for all your close relatives to live in the same town.  It’s a network to help each other out.  This has been changing a bit recently, as more young people go to Tokyo to work, and have to live in small apartments that don’t allow for that many people to live together.  (this also has a huge negative impact on Japan’s aging population, as kids are no longer around to care for their aging parents. Retirement homes aren’t as big a thing in Japan as in the US, and a lot of elderly don’t want to leave their homes and want their kids to take care of them, which is becoming increasingly difficult in modern society.  But I digress)

So yeah, nothing wrong with living in your parent’s house in general!  I still live with my mom lol Even though she says she wants to kick me out, I’m a very clingy child :P

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昭和戦前期 Pre-war Showa era(1926-1941)



Nirasaki Station in Pre-war Showa era

Pre-war Showa era(1926-1941)

Japanese book “Visual History of Nostalgic Station” published by Kokusho-kankoukai.

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I don’t understand people who say “Nintendo is so homophobic and racist because they never put NoN-WHITEY or LGBTQIAP++ characters in their games!”

First off, gay marriage is still illegal in Japan. There are Japanese games that focus on gay characters, but Nintendo is a family-friendly general appeal kind of publisher.

And as for characters of different ethnicities, Japan is one of the most racially homogenous countries in the world. Almost 99% of the population is Yamato Japanese. A black person in Japan is an incredibly rare sight.

In fact, most other countries aren’t as racially diverse as the US.

If an American looks at a piece of Japanese media and sees a sea of Caucasians (and afterwards complains about a lack of PoC), he is projecting his own views and biases onto the work.

In its country of origin, the cast would be seen as Japanese without question. Anime characters who are meant to be white have both blond hair and blue eyes, as well as features like a large nose, because that is how white people are generally perceived in Japan.

I’m not saying a particular culture is right or wrong. But when examining media we have to remember context and be aware of our biases.

Stop judging international media by US standards and then complaining that it doesn’t live up to them.
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I’m not a Gackt fan myself, but his points are valid. How many cable systems is NHK WORLD on? They have had some good programming with Cool Japan, and Kawaii International among others. They’ve done an ok job at promoting tourism to Japan. But that’s it. Outside of Pacific Rim and Wolverine, you’re not seeing much with Japanese actors, or things set in Japan. And as much as I like Ken Watanabe, that’s the only name actor that gets repeatedly cast in films. They should be supporting music tours to other countries, helping to cast their actors in Hollywood films, promoting Japan as a place to film in, starting cable channels for music, J-dramas, and anime. And so far, it’s not happening.

Hello JapanLovers who love to travel!

Here is our kawaii-fied map of our favorite city, TOKYO (東京) by our in-house artist, KITA / Keeshia!

✿ Let’s get to know TOKYO! ✿

Tōkyō (東京) is the capital of Japan. At over 13 million people in the official metropolitan area alone, Tokyo is the core of the second most populated urban area in the world, Tokyo Metropolis (which has a population of over 37 million people). This huge, wealthy and fascinating metropolis brings high-tech visions of the future side by side with glimpses of old Japan, and has something for everyone.

The geography of central Tokyo is defined by the JR Yamanote Line. The center of Tokyo — the former area reserved for the Shogun and his samurai — lies within the loop, while the Edo-era downtown (下町 shitamachi) is to the north and east. Sprawling around in all directions and blending in seamlessly are Yokohama, Kawasaki and Chiba, Tokyo’s suburbs.


☆ Central TOKYO ☆
Chiyoda (Akihabara)
The seat of Japanese power (both political and economic) that includes the Imperial Palace, the Ministries near Kasumigaseki, the Parliament in Nagatacho, the corporate headquarters of Marunouchi, and the electronics mecca of Akihabara.

Chuo (Ginza)
Also includes the famed department stores of the Ginza and the fish markets of Tsukiji.

Minato (Akasaka, Shinbashi, Roppongi, Odaiba, Shiodome)
Including the business centers of Akasaka and Shinbashi and the neighbouring nightclub district of Roppongi, the port district (at least in name) which includes the artificial island of Odaiba, the skyscrapers of Shiodome.

Home to luxury hotels, giant camera stores, futuristic skyscrapers, hundreds of shops and restaurants, and Kabukicho, Tokyo’s wildest nightlife and red-light district.

Shibuya (Harajuku, Ebisu)
The fashionable shopping district which also encompasses the teenybopper haven of Harajuku (also home to the Meiji Shrine) and the nightlife of Ebisu

Shinagawa (Gotanda)
A major train hub and business center, including Gotanda.

Toshima (Ikebukuro)
Including Ikebukuro, another giant train hub.

A residential area with a few nice parks and museums.

☆ Old TOKYO (Shitamachi) ☆

Sumida (Ryogoku)
Home of the Edo-Tokyo Museum and Tokyo’s main sumo arena (Ryogoku Kokugikan), both in Ryogoku.

Taito (Asakusa, Ueno)
The heart of Old Tokyo featuring the temples of Asakusa and National Museums in Ueno.

Home to Tokyo Dome and the University of Tokyo.

Famous for Kameido Tenjin and former woodland in Kiba, but now known for its many new public apartment complexes.

Home to Tokyo’s last original tram line.

☆ TOKYO Suburbs ☆

Many suburban wards, including Adachi, where one can visit one of Kanto’s Three Great Temples: Nishi-arai Daishi, Katsushika, known for the charming Showa-era atmosphere of Shibamata and Edogawa, a quiet eastern suburb.

Includes the suburban wards of Kita, Itabashi and the quieter northern Nerima, which contains some of the 23 wards’ last remaining farmland.

Home to the otaku paradise known as Nakano Broadway.

Half industrial complex, half upscale residential area.

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An upscale residential area that houses the student drinking spot of Shimokitazawa as well as the newly revitalized shopping centers of Futako-Tamagawa.

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Typical Tokyo suburb stretching along the Chuo Line.

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How about you? Which areas in Tokyo have you been too? What were your impressions? You can share your place recommendations with us by commenting below!

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Art by Keeshia:

Do you know Tanabata in Japan?

In Japan, the 7th night of July is known as the day of “Tanabata (Star Festival)”.
Tanabata festivals are held at all the places in Japan around this time every year.

There is a customary that people write their wishes on a narrow strip of paper in five colors which is called Tanzaku, and hang the papers from branches of bamboo trees.
This customary is said to have begun in Edo Period.

Tanabata star festival is based on a Chinese legend story about a couple Kengyu (the star Alter) and Orihime (the star Vega) who are allowed to meet each other once a year on the July 7th on the Milky Way. 

It is said that their wishes that they want to meet each other come true on the night.

From that story, people believe that their wish comes true If they wish upon a star on the day of Tanabata.

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Racism & Western Interpretations of the Godzilla series.

You know, I’ve thought about this for a while, and indeed I’ve noticed what seems like racism in western views of the Godzilla series - but I’ve never properly been able to articulate or justify my suspicions on the matter. Yet, here we are.

Firstly, this is addressing the Japanese films - the two American films will not be discussed - just a heads up. 

Now, Godzilla films have over the years been much maligned in the West. I could get past this if the opinion that these films are distinctly cheap and not-of-value wasn’t so entrenched in the collective opinion of the West. When bringing up Godzilla films, people tend to automatically assume that the Japanese films are inherently bad. They tend to believe that the Japanese are seemingly incapable at making a good film. And this goes beyond just Godzilla (though he is a good example to examine). I personally know several people who see Japanese films as being intrinsically ‘weird’ or just bad. Whilst I (and as it happens, some Japanese filmmakers) do not deny that some Japanese films (and indeed some Godzilla films) do feature undeniably ridiculous or strange plots, to simply generalise and condemn all films a culture or genre has to offer is to go too far. 
Whilst this isn’t consciously racist, where it stems from, is. 

As David Kalat points out in his A Critical History and Filmography of Toho’s Godzilla Series, (particularly) American prejudices towards the Japanese following WWII fed into this soon-solidified view that the Japanese Godzilla films were to be looked upon with derision - or at least suspicion. If the American public were suspicious of the Japanese as a whole after WWII, then why not share that suspicion for Japanese products - such as their films. And with a genre already considered cheap in the West, the Godzilla series was an easy target. 

One of, if not the main source of this derision in the West for the Godzilla series unfortunately is the effects work. People will condemn the 'suitmation’ technique and believe that it is unable to produce impressive visuals - despite the series proving that belief wrong several times in its 60 year history. And yet at the same time, these same people may praise American filmmakers using the same effects - consider Rick Baker winning his 1976 Oscar for his 'suitmation’ techniques used in the '76 remake of King Kong. Moreover, as David Kalat also says, “Japanese art often values beauty, poetry, or fantasy above realism” American audiences are (now more than ever) conditioned to expect realism - and anything that falls short of that is considered a mistake. It is under this conditioning and ignorance of Japan’s culture that the Godzilla series faces its harshest criticisms. 

And it is this cultural ignorance that I draw the word, 'racism’. It is not a conscious form of racism - one that is not actively thought out against the Japanese, but one which is more subtle, as people ignore or misunderstand Japanese culture and then vehemently criticise it on grounds for which it was not made. 

Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts. 

Furin (Japanese wind chime)

Furin (Japanese wind chime) is seasonal tradition in Japanese summer.
It is said that it entered Japan together with Buddhism.

In the 18th century when the glass manufacturing skill came to Japan, glass Furin was frequently made in Edo and it became very popular.

Furin is still popular in Japan, and Furin bazaar is held every summer.

The cool sound of Furin chime will make you forget the summer heat for a moment.

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fyeahmyths’  thank god(s) it’s summer week!

day 3: gods/goddesses of the sun  >> AMATERASU (japanese)

Amaterasu, Amaterasu-ōmikami or Ōhirume-no-muchi-no-kami is a part of the Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is seen as the goddess of the sun, but also of the universe. The name Amaterasu derived from Amateru meaning “shining in heaven.” The meaning of her whole name, Amaterasu-ōmikami, is “the great august kami (god) who shines in the heaven”.