Japanese Culture & Blogs

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Our mission here at The True Japan is to bring you the best and most useful information about learning Japanese, travel destinations, and the culture in Japan.  However, sometimes we just like to tell a good story.  And we hope you enjoy reading them.

Join us for some funny, insightful, and sometimes gross stories about our experiences living in Japan.  You’ll laugh, cry, or maybe even jump for joy.  So come on in, take a seat, and experience Japan through our eyes.

Japanese Culture

Buddhism: A Look Into the Beliefs, Practices & History 

Shinto: A Look Into the Religion of Japan

Osaka vs Tokyo People: Are They Really That Different?

9 Cultural Mistakes Foreigners Make in Japan and What To Do Instead

The Pros and Cons of Living in Japan as a Foreigner

Valentine’s Day and White Day in Japan

How to Celebrate Christmas in Japan

Temples, Soba, and Bags, Oh My! Celebrating New Year’s in Japan

What Is Kaizen in Japanese, and How Is It Useful?

Death By Overwork: All About Karoshi

A Short History of Karaoke & Its Culture In Japan

A Look Into Japanese Izakaya: A Quick Guide

Japanese Media

The 15 Best Japanese Romance Movies You Need To Watch

The 20 Best Japanese Dramas of All Time

20 of the Best Japanese Movies of All Time

The 10 Best Japanese Shows on Netflix

The Best Japanese Documentaries You Can Watch Right Now

The 5 Best Haruki Murakami Books You Need to Read

A Peek Inside the World of Banana Yoshimoto

Living in Japan Blog Posts

The Japanese Skin Care Routine That Changed My Life

My Japanese Onsen Experience – A Stalker in the Onsen

Fish Sperm in Japan – I Just Ate What!?

Chinese Century Eggs – The Worst Thing I Ate in Japan…So Far

5 Reasons Why the JET Program is Worse Than Prison

The Healthiest Habits You Can Pick Up in Japan

10 Things You’ll Miss When You Leave Japan

The Deep Countryside of Japan:  My Experience on the JET Program

5 Tips to Enjoy Your Homestay in Japan

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