Understanding Japan

  • Published on : 05/10/2014
  • by : C.W.
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Near and far, familiar and unknown

Too often, the Japan is considered impermeable, mysterious ... Not really. Understanding Japan is to understand the country, its people, arts and beliefs. Bliss.

Understanding Japan

A miko, Shinto priestess.

Shinto

The original religion of Japan is Shinto, worshiping the forces of nature.

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.

Koban at the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum

Koban

A permanent fixture on the streets of Japan, Koban or police boxes, are there to help bring order to their designated neighborhood as well as help lost tourists.

Neon lights of a pachinko machine

Pachinko arcade

Commonly mistranslated as 'vertical pinball,' pachinko is a noisy, smoky, time-consuming, and hypnotic form of gambling that plays a huge part in the Japanese economy.

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