Articles for Comprendre le Japon


Hachiman-gu Tsurugaoku

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.

Blood groups

Blood type in Japan

The question "What's your blood type?" inevitably comes up in conversation with the Japanese. Be careful, this question is important!

France to Tokyo

Paris and Tokyo are twinned, but it's like: the Japanese capital does not hide his love for France.

The Ainu were only recognized as an ethnic minority in 1997.

The Ainu of Japan

Indigenous people of northern Japan, the Ainu have long suffered from Japanese expansionism before getting, belatedly, the right to protect and promote their culture.

5 Famous Japanese Legends

Legends have always been a means of rationalizing the world and providing explanations for the habits and customs of a culture.

A miko, Shinto priestess.


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


Shinrin-yoku: forest bathing

Silvotherapy ("forest bathing") is now known and practiced in many countries around the globe.


Japanese mascots

The Japanese are crazy about mascots. Cities, companies, brands, sports teams, all proudly display their emblem. So much that we sometimes forget what's what and who's who...

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