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Keeping Demons Away in Uwajima, Japan

Keeping Demons Away in Uwajima, Japan

Hallowe’en has become incredibly popular in Japan, but keeping demons away is nothing new.  Every year, Okayama has their festival called Uraja, which is also known as Oni Matsuri (Demon Festival), but in a small city in southern Shikoku called…

Photo Friday: A Penis Shrine in Japan

Photo Friday: A Penis Shrine in Japan

Sex or any sex-related subjects are almost never discussed in Japan.  I’ve never even heard any Japanese people (in Japan) make a penis joke or any kind of sex joke.  Most of my adult students were utterly horrified when I had…

Traditional Japanese Puppetry

Traditional Japanese Puppetry

Traditional Japanese puppetry isn’t as visible as other aspects of Japanese history and culture like music, maiko/geisha, samurai, etc., but it’s there if you’re interested in puppets and theatre. I went to Tokushima (prefecture) for a weekend, and one of…

Bullfighting in Japan

Bullfighting in Japan

  Watching bullfighting in Japan, or tougyuu (闘牛 – とうぎゅう) in Japanese, is one of my top ten experiences in Japan.  I couldn’t get over how much fun I had at the bullfighting ring in Uwajima. I knew that I…

Photo Friday: Niihama Taiko Festival

Photo Friday: Niihama Taiko Festival

Japan has hundreds of festivals throughout the year, especially in the summer and in the fall.  Fall festivals are so much more enjoyable since it’s cooler. Niihama Taiko Matsuri (新居浜太鼓祭り) is one of the best fall festivals I’ve seen.  It…

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