What Exactly Do You Cover About Japan?
Briefly I cover anything about Japan and the Japanese language – including culture.
It doesn’t matter if you are a business man or a business woman looking for a glimpse of the Japanese trading industry or corporate company customs. In that case I have something valuable for you.
Maybe you are a manga fanatic dreaming about visiting Akihabara district in Tokyo? In that case you will have direct practical use of the Hiragana section of my website.
Who knows? Maybe you like electronics too? In that case the same district Akihabara (also called Electric Town) in Tokyo is for you as well. Maid cafe districts, anime shops and electronics are all mixed on those streets.
Remember to check out the side streets and the less known narrow back streets. It’s safe to walk there. You don’t need to worry at all.
Those two niches are combined over there. If you want to buy one single tiny specific electronic component – then you can do that there. I can show you where.
Maybe you are into advanced robotics and feel curious about the newest cutting edge releases? Then I have lots of news for you about that field, because Japan is the country of robotics and mechatronics…and electronics as well. Not to forget computer and arcade games.
Nowadays skeletronics too – if you have heard about it (newest exoskeletons).
For many of you readers, it’s like being in the future over here in Japan. Are you such type of person? In that case I have many things to inform you about (because robotics and high-tech belong to my passionate personal interest).
So, that’s one more reason why it can be beneficial to learn Japanese.
Hologram mobile phones. Maybe you don’t have such one yet? Those have been sold here in the ordinary shops in Japan since Christmas 2010.
It includes holographic digital camera too – so that you can take your own hologram 3D pictures. The images fly out from the mobile screen into the air and beyond the phone.
Modern skyscrapers and high rise buildings look especially spectacular at night when the swarms of red dot lights begin blinking up in the sky. You can see that the city is alive. Check out Shinjuku in Tokyo at night and head over to Shibuya (in Tokyo as well). Cool stuff.
There are lots of entertainment districts to discover, no matter of your personal interests.
Do you enjoy ancient Japanese history? How about Samurai castles? Ever heard of Miyamoto Musashi? One of the most famous samurai individuals in Japan – known for his two sword undefeated battlefield tactics.
Musashi introduced new advanced techniques (that still exist) using double swords.
I live close to one of the Samurai castles that he took over after a famous battle – that he won with a wooden (!) sword against an extra long samurai sword held by Sasaki Kojiro.
You can see that Samurai sword if you visit the famous and well preserved Samurai castle located here on Kyushu island (in the North-East located city of Kokura) next to the large size modern Riverwalk shopping mall.
As a matter of fact you can even hold a replica and feel the weight and grip in your hand. Not just the sword that Musashi held, but also the long Katana sword that Kojiro sensei battled with.
Are you practicing any Martial Arts or Budo? Maybe a Japanese version like Karate, Shorinji Kempo, Judo, Aikido, Jujutsu / Ju-Jitsu / Jiu-Jitsu / Jiujitsu, Kendo, Iaido (drawing the Samurai sword), Ninjutsu / Bujinkan, Sumo wrestling, Kyudo (Japanese archery) or any other way of Bushido.
Japan is the historical home country of all those martial arts mentioned above. Here in Japan you can experience to practice in a traditional and original Dojo – where the history unfolded.
Do you like flowers? How about tropical flowers? This island Kyushu has flower season all year around. During all twelve months of the year. For me it’s like having summer whole year.
The more south you travel on this island, the warmer it gets. Especially if you head towards south to the prefecture and city of Miyazaki, then you can witness all kinds of colorful growing beauty of nature and their fresh scents. Aroma therapy is popular.
Head even more south to the southern Kagoshima prefecture and you can visit the active volcano Sakurajima (that got an volcano eruption exactly when I visited there). That is a huge powerful active super volcano.
Sakurajima includes majestic vertically declining lava rivers (also called dry rivers here in Japan) surrounded by enforced concrete. These boiling hot lava rivers of melt stone end up in the Ocean below the volcano.
Take time to park your car and enjoy the amazing majestic view.
In the middle of this island Kyushu you can head up towards Kumamoto and view the glory of the the huge active volcanoes at Mount Aso – the largest active volcano in Japan. I have been there and it was really great. Amazing view! Jaw dropping experience. Acid rain included.
The caldera of the Mount Aso volcano here on Kyushu in Japan is one of the largest in the world – with its amazing 120 km (75 miles) in circumference. In other words – there is plenty of distance for you to walk! Bring walking shoes.
You can also stare straight down into the lava crater or enormous blue and green color boiling water (depending which day you visit there). It’s a lifetime experience to be that close to the opening of the largest active volcano in Japan.
You reach up there by a volcano style sky lift, unless you accept the challenge to drive your car all the way up to the top of the volcano.
Let me tell you this. The emergency shelters on the top of the active volcano are not there for no reason at all. The volcano can errupt any time.
You may seek shelter in special built sphere shape rescue pods, but your car may get big flying boulders, rocks and lava on it…and I doubt you want that. Ascend with the sky lift if you even slightly care about your car.
There are plenty of hot springs, so called Onsen here in Japan. The most famous one is (comfortably for me) located here on Kyushu island.
The hot water is heated up by the volcanic ground. The steaming hot water is seen as healthy and includes minerals and salts that are good for the human body.
You can’t enter a typical Japanese hot spring if you have visible tattoos on your body. Keep that in mind. There is a reason behind that and you can Google it up on the Internet to find out why. Remember that the bath houses do this for your own safety. Not to exclude tattooed foreigners.
Have you ever tried a ride on a Japanese high speed bullet train? If not – then you are missing out big time. If you like amusement park attractions, then you will enjoy the rapid speed of the Japanese Shinkansen bullet trains.
They departure on time and they keep the schedule close to seconds. I’ve never experienced anything close to that in Sweden ever and probably never will.
There are different types of Shinkansen trains in Japan, so be sure to test them out.
If you buy a Japan Rail Pass before (!) you travel to Japan (since it can only be bought abroad), then you can travel unlimted much for cheap money for a limited amount of time like some weeks through whole Japan – including the Shinkansen high speed bullet trains. That’s a great deal!
Have you seen a real Kimono really close and noticed all the incredible small fine details on it? There is also something else called Yukata – which many foreigners unfortunately misunderstand of being a Kimono.
Those of you who adore fashion shopping – you can go shopping crazy in the labyrinths of never ending fashion store streets in Japan. Newest hot fashion is big in Japan.
You find close to everything here. If you can’t find it, then probably it doesn’t exist on this planet. There is everything from serious fashion to the light sided Japanese cute Kawaii approach as well.
Food! Whole Japan is about food. Everywhere. If you are anorectic, then this is the totally wrong country to be in because you see food everywhere – no matter if you want or not.
People talk about food, they try out new food types, most commercial is about food. No matter where you look – there is cuisine. Not just Japanese, but from all over the world.
You can watch anything you want on TV, but be sure that it will contain…nourishment. No escape from it.
Not just sea food like Japanese sushi or grilled meat and chicken, but really all kinds of food. From the most common to the most exotic. If you truly like cooking, then Japan is a meal paradise.
What I don’t understand is why so many people here in Japan can stay skinny without getting fat when they eat more food and do more often than an average bodybuilder?
Maybe that’s the key? I don’t know? It’s still an unsolved mystery to me.
Hey?! Why do I babble about other things than Japanese words or grammar? Well, there is a though behind it. To learn Japanese language is not only about building sentences, learning new words in a foreign language or finding grammatical exceptions.
To learn the Japanese language is so much more than that. Why? Because you get access to all of the rest that I mentioned here – plus more. Just by being able to communicate in Japanese and taking part of the friendly and welcoming Japanese society.
Visit the cities of Fukuoka, Kokura, Nagasaki, Kitakyushu, Oita, Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Kagoshima here on the subtropical Kyushu island and embrace the welcoming atmosphere of the friendly Japanese people. A language is so much more than words.
I have never before in my lifetime felt as welcome and well treated as I have been and still am being taken care of here in Japan. The service level is top notch and things just plain work here.
My tip for you is to take action – today. Get started in learning the Japanese language. One tiny step at a time.
Through it you will discover so many new things that you most probably were not even aware of that they existed. Especially when you visit Japan and find out that you knew close to nothing about Japan or life over here.
Japan is a different world compared to Europe or the Unites States. Not the same thing.
For me it was a life changing experience to move here. I’m satisfied with my choice and I like Japan. Not just like Japan. I love Japan for everything it has done for me so far and how kind and respectful people are to each other over here.
Forget any robbery risk. Say hello to a kind, warm and respectful Japanese society. When you start learning Japanese language – you will understand what I mean by this.
Thank you for taking your time to read! Now head over to the learning chapters of your choice and get to know this truly fascinating country and its wonderful inspiring people.