Category Archives: Culture

Hakata Dontaku Festival

Hakata Dontaku Festival (博多どんたく) is one of the largest citizens’ festivals in Japan, held in the biggest city of Kushu region, Fukuoka City since 1962. The festival takes 2 days on 3rd and 4th May, during Golden Week holiday every year, attracting over 2 million people. The festival features the parade with dancers in traditional costumes and decorated floats called Hana

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Pahiyas Festival

The fiesta color of summer come alive again as Lucban celebrates the SAN ISIDRO PAHIYAS FESTIVAL – referred to by many as a fiesta to end all fiestas. Every year, thousands of tourists and holidaymakers flock to this historic town commended as one of the cleanest and most peaceful communities in the country. Its cool, fresh and invigorating climate earns her the

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Mangyan’s in Mindoro

For decades the Mangyan, a people group on the Philippine island of Mindoro, have been robbed of their ancestral homelands and driven back into the mountains. The missionary Ewald Dinter supports them not only in their struggle for their land. As head of the Mangyan Mission he’s trying to offer them educational opportunities and preserve their cultural identity. Credits by:

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Takayama Festival (高山祭)

Takayama Festival (高山祭) is held at the popular historic town in Japan Alps, Takayama city, Gifu Prefecture. It’s considered one of the three most beautiful festivals in Japan along with Kyoto’s Gion Matsuri and the Saitama’s Chichibu Yomatsuri. Takayama Festival is held twice a year in spring and autumn and attracts a large number of visitors. The festival is known

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Cherry Blossom in Japan

The cherry blossom (sakura) has been celebrated in Japan for many centuries and holds a very particular place in Japanese culture. Although there are many varieties of cherry trees in Japan, most bloom for just a couple of days in spring. The Japanese celebrate this time of the year with Hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties: friends, family or work colleagues

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Japanese Winter Foods

Shabu-Shabu Shabu-shabu is a Japanese nabemono hotpot dish of thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled in water and served with dipping sauces. The term is onomatopoeic, derived from the sound emitted when the ingredients are stirred in the cooking pot. The food is cooked piece by piece by the diner at the table. Shabu-shabu is considered to be more savory and less sweet than sukiyaki. The dish is usually made with

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Holy Week Traditions in the Philippines

Holy Week in the Philippines (Filipino: Mahal na Araw; Spanish: Semana Santa) is a significant religious observance for the country’s Catholic majority, the Iglesia Filipina Independiente or the Philippine Independent Church and most Protestant groups. One of the few majority Christian countries in Asia, Catholics make up 80 percent of the population, and the Church is one of the country’s dominant sociopolitical forces. It begins on Palm Sunday and continues on

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Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world. There are numerous martyrdom stories associated with various Valentines connected to February 14, including a written

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