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What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan April 2022

Japan considers 4th vaccine shots for elderly, chronically ill patients – Nationwide Japan is considering making the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions eligible for fourth coronavirus vaccine shots, in line with recommendations by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, government s... READ MORE

Most Influential Classical Movies in Japan

Over 100 years, Japanese cinema has been growing, evolving and spreading its influence to the rest of the world. Japanese film has gone through many phases, from the “golden age” of the 1950s, through heavily war-influenced flicks and all the way up to anime—and beyond. Take a seat and enjoy as I ta... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan March 2022

Japan ends COVID-19 quasi-emergency in 18 prefectures – Nationwide A COVID-19 quasi-state of emergency ended in all 18 prefectures covered, including Tokyo and Osaka, amid a declining trend in the number of new infections. It is the first time since Jan. 8 that Japan has no emergency measures in pl... READ MORE

Valentine’s Day in Japan

In a nutshell, women won’t be waking up to red roses in February, and men will be spending their March salary on all things white. Here’s how to make the most of Japan’s V-Day role reversal. DO: Know The History The history of Valentine’s Day in Japan dates back to the 1950s. Compared to count... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan February 2022

Japan to cut 7-day quarantine period for those entering country to 3 days – Nationwide Japan is considering shortening the quarantine period for those entering the country from the current seven days to three, as part of its eased COVID-19 border controls, government sources said. Starting in March... READ MORE

Traditional Japanese New Year Food

The New Year's celebration brings forth a festive time. Many countries and cultures have their own traditions for celebrating, and Japan is no exception. One of the ways that people celebrate the New Year's is through food. Traditionally there are certain foods that are eaten during the celebrations... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan January 2022

Japan's COVID-19 foreign entry ban spurs demonstrations in several countries – Nationwide Demonstrations against Japan's tight border restrictions on non-resident foreigners implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have been staged in several countries, with people urging the Japanese governme... READ MORE

A Deep Look Into Japan’s “Omotenashi”

The concept of Japanese hospitality, otherwise known as omotenashi (お持て成し), has come to light recently due to its use in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 talks. Though translated simply as hospitality, the word omotenashi has a meaning deeply rooted in the Japanese psyche. It’s not simply being kind to guest... READ MORE

What’s Happening Now in Fukuoka & Japan December 2021

Japan launches COVID-19 vaccine certificate app – Nationwide The Japanese government launched a smartphone app that allows people to display proof of vaccination that can be used for multiple purposes, including immigration procedures. The app, called the COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate Applicatio... READ MORE

Innovative Living Art of Ikebana

Japanese flower arranging, or Ikebana, has come a long way from its humble roots as temple offerings centuries ago. Today it is a popular and innovative living art, unique to Japan, that is cherished by both experts and novices. In this article, we will discuss the origins of Ikebana, and include... READ MORE
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