Category Archives: Culture

Kawaii Influence On Other Cultures

In recent years, Kawaii products have gained popularity beyond the borders of Japan in other East and Southeast Asian countries, and are additionally becoming more popular in the US among anime and manga fans as well as others influenced by Japanese culture. Cute merchandise and products are especially popular in other parts of East Asia, such as mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and South Korea, as well as Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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KAWAII Aesthetics

Soichi Masubuchi (増淵宗一, Masubuchi Sōichi), in his work Kawaii Syndrome, claims “cute” and “neat” have taken precedence over the former Japanese aesthetics of “beautiful” and “refined”. As a cultural phenomenon, cuteness is increasingly accepted in Japan as a part of Japanese culture and national identity. Tomoyuki Sugiyama (杉山奉文, Sugiyama Tomoyuki), author of Cool Japan, believes that “cuteness” is rooted in Japan’s harmony-loving culture, and Nobuyoshi Kurita (栗田経惟, Kurita Nobuyoshi), a sociology professor at Musashi

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Japanese UPCOMING Events and Festivals

Japan has countless events and festivals that take place all year round. We listed below the Japanese events and festivals February to help you plan your perfect itinerary! Before jumping down to the events and festivals let’s learn a little more about Japan’s weather and tradition for February. February like January the weather is still cold and probably it is

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January Events in Japan

Events Venue Date Time Location Okera Mairi: Old Year’s Eve at Yasaka-jinja Shrine Yasaka Shrine 31 Dec – 1 Jan 2021 7:00 PM-5:00AM Kyoto Nijo-jo Castle Garden Special Opening Nijo Castle 1 Jan – 3 Jan 2021 10:00AM-4:00PM Kyoto Sendai Pageant of Starlight Kotodai Park 18 Dec – 11 Jan 2021 5:30PM-10:00P Sendai Saga Light Fantasy 29 Oct – 11

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