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Monthly Archives: December 2015

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28Mon 2015

Oshogatsu – New Year Holiday in Japan

Kadomatsu, New Year decoration in Japan
The period of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of January is called “Oshogatsu” in Japan. New Year’s Day is called “Gantan”, which means “the beginning of the day”. During Oshogatsu, families gather to celebrate the

24Thu 2015

クリスマス (Christmas in Japan)

Just like in so many other countries, Japanese kids look forward to the next day and are full of dreams when the time comes to go to bed on Christmas eve. In Japan too, “Santa” visits homes while children are

23Wed 2015

Public Holidays in Japan

Japanese people have the reputation of being hard-working – and this is a fair assessment (that, alone, could be the subject of a few articles). But did you know that only 4 countries in the whole world (India with 21

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22Tue 2015

Adding connections to Japan

Yet again, Japan has seen an increase in the number of tourists in 2015 (for more information on this, click here), but it does not rest on its laurels.
Surprisingly, despite its well-deserved high-tech reputation, Japan does not provide much in

18Fri 2015

Perspectives from a former Japanese language teacher

Perspectives from a former Japanese language teacher, Masa (Counselor at MotivistJapan)
Once upon a time, years ago, I was a Japanese language teacher for foreign people. It was a really tough experience because students were from all over the world so they all had different

17Thu 2015

Studying in a Japanese University

We often receive inquiries from people willing to study in Japanese universities. Our first reaction is to ask them: “How good are your Japanese language skills?”. Most often, the answer to that question is “I cannot speak Japanese”. Those aspiring

15Tue 2015

Origami and Architecture

Japanese culture is ever more present all over the world. One could cite Japanese cuisine (more Michelin starred restaurants in Japan than anywhere else in the world), mangas, martial arts, to name just a few. In Japan, origami are more

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8Tue 2015

A little insight on Confucianism – About Individual Perfection

As we wrote before, Japan has a diversity of religious beliefs. Yet, the strongest philosophy is perhaps Confucianism.
Confucianism’s goal is to become a sacred person. In order to become a sacred person, people have to reach personal perfection. How does one reach

4Fri 2015

Questions to ponder before studying in Japan

You love Japan. You have decided you want to experience life there. The best path for that is to learn the language first. So you intend to spend a year – maybe more – to learn Japanese in a language