The Most Popular Names in Japan and their Meaning

Japanese Text

  The Japanese are an interesting nation. Its people are known to hold cultures, traditions, and many other things that may or may not hold importance in other parts of the world. The Japanese are very conscious about names, particularly family names, and would choose the one that features honor and history. … Read more

Is Japan Losing its Culture?

a Japanese man holding an umbrella

The land of the rising sun has forever been a romantic destination for people all around the world. Guarding the far east of the globe, Japan has been influenced by many cultures and people throughout history. It adopted some of the customs as they were, and some it adopted after remodeling to … Read more

What are the Most Educated Countries in the World?

College graduates throwing their graduation cap in the air

More and more people around the globe are attending college nowadays. According to a UNESCO report, the number of students enrolling in higher education institutions more than doubled in recent years. The number increased from 100 million in 2000 to 207 million in 2014. But not every country contributed to the rise … Read more

The History of Japan’s Electric Power Industry

Electricity House

The Tokyo Electric Light Company, Inc. was Japan’s first electric power company. It was established in 1883. It has since become one of Japan’s leading industries, which has helped stabilize the country and let it achieve the status of an economic giant. The electric power industry in Japan has flourished largely through … Read more

The Impact on Japan of the 3/11 Tsunami Disaster

An aerial view of the aftermath of 2011 tsunami and earthquakes

March 11, 2011, was the day when Japan stood still. An earthquake of 9.1 magnitudes shook the country to its core and was marked as the fifth most powerful earthquake in the world. Within 30 minutes, Japan would experience a Tsunami followed by a nuclear disaster that would destroy almost everything in … Read more

Who are the Most Prosperous Countries in the World?

A view of Copenhagen with boats and colorful houses

What’s the difference between being rich and being prosperous? Did you know that it’s not the same? The countries that prosper share wealth among its citizens. The Legatum Institute releases annual Prosperity Index. Legatum Institute is a London-based organization that measures prosperity using these measures: economic growth, business environment and opportunities, effective … Read more

The History of Karate

two men performing Karate near trees during daytime

  Karate is an Asian system of unarmed combat, using hands and feet to deliver blows and punches, kicks, knee strikes, and elbow strikes to the opponent. Karate aims at strengthening the body and delivering maximum force at the point of contact.  This explains how the students and experts of martial arts … Read more

The History of Typhoons in Japan

Typhoon Jebi at peak intensity in Japan

  Japan is hit by several typhoons every year, and sometimes it’s so destructive that it makes the front page of Western newspapers. About 30 typhoons form over the Northwest Pacific Ocean each year, and an average of seven to eight typhoons pass over the Okinawa Prefecture. About three typhoons hit the … Read more

How Safe Is Japan?

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Every year, the crime rates of different countries are evaluated and compared. The result of this comparison makes a list of the Safest Countries in the World. For a number of years now, Japan has been ranking amongst the top 10 safest countries in the world. That’s an official number, but how … Read more

What is Rakugo?

A man performing rakugo

  As the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine. When a person is feeling down or feeling stressed out, one of the ways for a person to forget about his feelings and worries is by making him or her laugh. To make a person laugh by making jokes or telling a … Read more