Jomo Karuta (Part 3)

This post is a continuation of my Jomo Karuta series. You can also check out Part 1 and Part 2. These cards are not listed in any particular order, and I will only post about a card once I have visited the pertaining location. My goal is to visit all the locations listed on the... Continue Reading →

5 Interesting Stories Behind Japanese Company Names

I've heard a couple stories about how Japanese companies came to be called what they are, but haven't really paid much attention to it until now. After finally looking one of these stories up to see if it was true, I fell down the rabbit hole of researching company name origins. There's a lot of... Continue Reading →

Jomo Karuta (Part 2)

This post is a continuation of my Jomo Karuta series. See Part 1 here. These cards are not listed in any particular order, and I will only post about a card once I have visited the pertaining location. My goal is to visit all the locations listed on the Jomo Karuta cards before leaving Gunma.... Continue Reading →

Kanji of the Year 2018 -災

Every year on December 12th, the chief priest of Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto reveals a kanji that was chosen to be the most representative of that year in Japan. The kanji is selected by popular vote, and is finalized by the Japan Kanji Aptitude Foundation. This year's kanji is the rather depressing 災, meaning "disaster."... Continue Reading →

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