Japan

Posted on: 11.20.2014 in interact

Steeped in rich tradition, with a history of war, isolation, tragedy, technology and prosperity, Japan is made up of over 6,000 islands, and is home to 126 million people. Although often known here in the US for its sushi and samurai, the country and its people have played a major role in world’s past and present and are driving forces behind the technological, social and political changes in the 21st Century.

 

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History

 

Buddha Face Made Of Wax

In the timeline below, we take you through some of the major events in Japanese history and we explore its technological accomplishments and vital issues, including its complex relationship with the US, the effects of the 2011 tsunami and recent political tensions with China.

Culture

 

Geisha in GionJapanese customs include bowing to say hello and goodbye and removing shoes upon entering homes and ceremonial spaces. Another distinct feature in Japanese culture is the significance of age. In the societal hierarchy, the older you are, the more respect you’re granted. In fact, one of the nation’s biggest holidays, Obon, honors ancestors specifically. Families gather in homes and at gravesites to pay their respects. They hang lanterns outside doorsteps to greet elder spirits, and set them to sail at the conclusion of the three-day remembrance period.

We can’t talk about Japan without mentioning the food — rice, local produce and seafood make up the bulk of a typical diet. In terms of leisure, Japanese people love sports like baseball and soccer. And you may associate the country with the traditional dress, the kimono, but Japan has adopted modern influences in the areas fashion and entertainment.

Scroll thorough the slideshow for a behind-the-scenes look of Maggie’s adventures in Japan.

Harajuku
Harajuku

Harajuku

Our time in Japan starting off in Tokyo with a day in Harajuku - the heart of youth culture in Japan.

Harajuku
Harajuku

Harajuku

We toured around the area with a Harajuku fashion expert who told us that when it comes to fashion in Harajuku... anything goes!

Bullet Train
Bullet Train

Bullet Train

After a day in Tokyo it was time to catch the bullet train to our next Japanese adventure! It's a crazy efficient way to travel -- but also just crazy fun. You go so fast!! Looking out the window you almost start to get nauseous...

Tokyo Sushi
Tokyo Sushi

Tokyo Sushi

A trip to Japan wouldn't be complete without Sushi! Keith and I nabbed a seat at this sushi bar and tried anything that the sushi chef put in front of us. It was super fresh and super tasty!

Taste Okonomiayaki
Taste Okonomiayaki

Taste Okonomiayaki

Our next stop on the train was Hiroshima... and while here everyone told us we MUST TRY OKONOMIAYAKI. So obviously I did. And it was life-changing.

Okonomiyaki Menu
Okonomiyaki Menu

Okonomiyaki Menu

So what's okonomiayaki? Here's the menu breakdown. It's pretty much layer upon layer of awesome things.

Okonomiyaki in a Line
Okonomiyaki in a Line

Okonomiyaki in a Line

Everyone in the group goes and sits next to the okonomiayaki griddle... and the chef extraordinaire starts to make everyone's dish layer by layer.

Okonomiyaki
Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki

And boom! Okonomiayaki. Amazing.

Language

 

Dream in Japanese

How well do you know the language of the Land of the Rising Sun? Find out with our Japanese language quiz below.

 

 

Nihon-go Wakari masu ka?

Can you order sushi…in its native language?

comments

  1. OfficialAwesomeSauce

    Woah Maggie that looks like tons of fun, Now I want to ride a bullet train. HaHa P.S You guys pick some good songs to play on the show 🙂 BYE ~ OfficialAwesomeSauce

  2. Lydia

    I know some phrases because my dad taught us Japanese (even though we’re Koreans and the Japanese gets on our nerves – look it up – Korean history) but we mostly know some because of the animes 🙂

  3. kayla

    good japan

  4. kayla

    japan is one of the largest state in the world

    • lilly

      japan isn’t a state its a country

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