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Uwajima

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…

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…

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