• Konnichiwa is a common greeting in Japanese. We present to you some interesting information about Japan.

    In case you are from Japan and wish to report inconsistencies, please reply to this topic.

    Japanese is an East Asian language spoken by about 128 million people, primarily in Japan, where it is the national language. It is a member of the Japonic language family.

    Let us share some amazing things about Japanese and Japan, which is known worldwide for its traditional arts, including tea ceremonies, calligraphy, and flower arranging with a legacy of distinctive gardens, sculpture, and poetry,

    Japanese is not tonal, unlike other Asian languages. There are no plurals, no articles and you can make sentences using only verbs in Japanese.

    Taking power naps between working hours is encouraged in Japanese work culture, they believed that it improves workflow, speed and it’s a sign of your dedication towards your job.

    Japanese don’t allow shoes inside homes, it’s a custom of the old days when Japanese used to sit on the floor and eat, but they will offer pair of slippers if you visit their home.

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    Summertime is festival season in Japan, and the streets will be filled with locals dressed in traditional summer kimonos – not just women, but men too. People dress like this to beat the heat, tuck a fan in their obi, and join the communal dances of the height of summer – bon-ōdori – a circular dance around a stage with a drummer keeping time.

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    Talking about festivals, pretty cool festivals are being held in Japan. For example, Yuki Matsuri, also known as the “Sapporo snow festival”, is held for about a week in Hokkaido around January/ February. It is one of Japan’s most popular winter events. In September, another festival takes place in Kishiwada, South Osaka, named The Danjiri Matsuri, a harvest festival to pray for a good autumn bounty and in the fall, thousands of people head to mountains and parks to see the Koyo, or ‘Red Leaves.’

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    The famous cherry blossom season in Japan is super famous. To the Japanese, it’s a century-old tradition to sit underneath blossoms of various trees. Families and friends gather for picnics under the full bloom and think about the impermanence and beauty of life. You can also explore these magical Kyoto cherry blossom spots if you visit in late March or early April.

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    the Japanese don’t only eat with the mouth but also through the eyes, and hence, the appearance and presentation of the food should also be given the utmost priority. The typical Japanese meal consists of rice, served with meat, fish, or vegetables. Pickles and soup also form a part of the traditional Japanese meal. In fact, a large amount of raw food is used in Japanese cuisine. And they are extremely careful about their food that’s why they do their best to slice and prepare exotic fish for sushi. Rice is so essential to their cuisine that they have different forms of rice dishes like Kayu rice, Donburi, fried rice, Kare raisu, etc., that are popular all over the world.

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    You know the popular dishes like Sushi, Sashimi, Tofu, Tempura, Ramen. If you visit Japan ever do try some other authentic dishes too like Soba and Udon, Onigiri, Yakitori, Sukiyaki, Donburi, Natto, Oden, Tamagoyaki, Tonkatsu, Sukiyaki, Kashipan, Unagi and from the dessert menu you can try Castella, Furutsu Sando, or Wagashi.

    Hope you like it, if you know any other fascinating facts about Japan, let us all know!

    Source: https://www.asiahighlights.com/

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  • @mistertoad be nice toad..that food does look delicious

  • @mistertoad Cherry Blossoms are beautiful, given as gift from Japan to Washington DC and they draw a crowd every year, or did, just hope they continue.