To know about Japan

Before you travel

Cherry blossoms in spring

Cherry blossom season: When To Go?

The ever-popular blossoming of cherry blossoms, sakura, is a national event in Japan.

Japanese insects

Before getting on the plane, be sure you're ready to face the crawling and flying critters that you will surely encounter in Japan!

10 Things to check before leaving

Think you're ready to go to Japan? Here are 10 things to check before you go!

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Five things to take to Japan

Pack well for astress-free trip to Japan.

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Women only cars on trains

To protect female passengers from unwanted attention when they travel, some Japanese rail companies have started designating women-only cars in their trains.

 

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Withdrawing money in Japan: 10 Things to Know

Please note: Most Japanese distributors refuse foreign cards ... Some tips for never running out of cash during your trip.

Take a taxi

In Japan, taxis are expensive, yet very useful when you've got heavy luggage or you missed the last train!

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Sending packages

To send gifts and surprises, or to alleviate a suitcase full of memories, sending packages from Japan is a practical solution and (often) economic.

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Understanding Japan

Geisha à l'entrée d'une maison de thé dans le quartier de Gion, à Kyoto

Geishas, ​​guardians of Japanese arts

The word geisha literally means "artisan".

Lake Kawaguchiko Sakura Mont Fuji

The cherry blossoms through art

With the arrival of spring, the streets, gardens and mountains of Japan welcome the cherry blossoms and the whole archipelago is covered in pink for a few days, a few weeks.

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The differences between temples and shrines

Shinto altars in Buddhist temples, Buddhist statues in Shinto shrines, the places of worship of the two great religions in Japan are sometimes mixed.

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The rakan, the greatest disciples of Buddha

The rakan, the enlightened disciples of Buddha, have been the subject of very popular devotion since the time of Edo.

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Japanese History

Samurai parade during a festival

Samurai: In the Footsteps of Japanese Warriors

The samurai are an ancient caste of Japanese warriors, known worldwide for their recognizable katanas and armor.

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The Jomon period (13,000 BC to 400 BC)

Prehistory is divided into two sub-periods in Japan. The Paleolithic, which begins almost 40,000 years ago BC, and the so-called Jomon period, which begins almost 13,000 years before our era.

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The Yayoi period (400 BC to 300 AD)

The Yayoi period (400 BC to 300 AD) is a pivotal period in the history of Japan during which Japan starts cultivating rice and the first sedentary communities appear.

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The Sengoku period (1477 - 1573)

The Sengoku period (1477 - 1573) marked a turning point in the history of Japan.

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Japanese Food and Drink

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Karaage, Japanese fried chicken

Karaage (fried chicken) is one of the great classic Japanese dishes which is very popular. You will find this dish on menus in an izakaya or for sale in a konbini.

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Okonomiyaki: A Japanese Omelet

A cross between an omelet and a pancake, cooked with numerous ingredients and drizzled with a thick, savoury sauce. Okonomiyaki is a typical treat of Osaka, Hiroshima and Tokyo. 

Takoyaki : petits soufflés de pieuvre cuite, spécialité d'Osaka.

Takoyaki: A Specialty of Osaka

Osaka is known for its many delicious dishes and street foods, the most famous undoubtedly being takoyaki! This is a must-try dish when you visit Japan. 

 

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Wagashi, traditional Japanese sweets

The term wagashi refers to traditional Japanese sweets. Usually small, the size of just a few mouthfuls, they come in many shapes, textures and using various ingredients.

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Books on Japan

Shelves full of manga, the Mandarake is a paradise for lovers of manga in Tokyo.

Easy-to-read manga for Japanese beginners

Have you been studying Japanese at evening classes? Have you installed apps to test your hiragana and kanji on your commute? Do you have a notebook with lines of words written fiercely?

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The different kinds of manga

Manga covers a very large number of genres and is intended for almost every audiences in Japan. From adventure manga for teens to darker and more violent tales, there is something for everyone.

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Japanese Chronicle

The Japanese Chronicles

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Japanese Movies

My Neighbor Totoro

Travel in the footsteps of My Neighbor Totoro

Many places in Japan have been an inspiration to Hayao Miyazaki's movie "My Neighbor Totoro". From Mei and Satsuki's house, the two heroes of the film, to the forest of Sayama Hills.

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Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio.

Poster of Spirited Away master Hayao Miyazaki.

Spirited Away

Poster from the movie Silence by Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese's Silence

Adapted from the novel by Shusaku Endo of the same name, the film Silence, directed by Martin Scorsese, returns to a little known period in the history of Japan: the Jesuit missionaries of the seve

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Japanese Language

Japanese numbers

Counting in Japanese

To know how to count in Japanese, it is not enough to learn Japanese numbers. In reality, it all depends on what you are counting!

The Japanese language does not know Mr., Mrs. or Miss

15 Interesting Facts About the Japanese Language

Japanese is a fascinating language for a Westerner, made up of multiple ideograms, many homophones and a grammar far very different from other languages.

Some handwritten kanji characters

Kanji

Kanji are written characters of Chinese origin that make learning Japanese complicated, but so much more methodical.

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Japanese grammatical particles

The Japanese language has many grammatical particles. Most of them serve to indicate the function of the word that precedes them, but you also find interrogative particles and final particles.

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