Category: Culture

Retro gaming shop

Readers in their late 20’s and older will remember the truly wonderful days of the NES, or Nintendo Entertainment System. In Japan, it was called the Famicom (family + computer =...

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Ume-mi

Hana-mi (hana = flower, mi = to see) is the name given to the hugely popular activity of going to see the Spring cherry blossoms (the term usually extends to the...

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Belly-button cash

“Huh?!” you might say, and quite rightly. Not only is the term strange, but the concept, at least from a Western viewpoint, is also rather strange. “Belly-button cash” is the name...

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Tsuki-mi

This weekend is Tsukimi – or “moon viewing” festival: The Tsukimi custom was originally borrowed from the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. The tradition is now so popular in Japan that some people...

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