1.)  Read online news sources. Choose what culture or cultures you would like to learn more about. Subscribe to newspapers from that culture online to know more about what they are reading. Browse websites with data on entertainment, outings, politics, or trends. You should be able to find news sources from different cultures in your language. […]

Japan is often considered slightly odd compared to other countries. Its economic success, distinct culture and disciplined population has made Japan rather unique, and produced one of the lowest crime rates in the world. The country has 127 million people yet street crime is almost unheard of; the murder rate is only lower in tiny Monaco and Palau, and the use […]

Japan’s two major religions are Shintoism and Buddhism. Although, religion is not a part of everyday life for Japanese people. Customs and rituals are usually turned to during special occasions such as birth, weddings, funerals, visiting shrines and temples on religious holidays, and festivals. The two religions, Shinto and Buddhism, harmoniously coexist and even complement […]

Geisha is written 芸者 in Japanese Kanji. The word 芸 “Gei” means arts, and 者 “sha” means person in Japanese. It is also known as 芸子 “Geiko”, or 芸妓 “Geigi”, 子 “ko” means child, and 妓 “gi” means female singer in Japanese. So, Geisha literally means Japanese female entertainers in Japanese. They usually use their […]

We are four high school students from Tuusula, Finland. Last summer we were in sauna and we talked about our plans for holidays. We planned that we should do something together but we didn’t come up with any great ideas. Then one of us said half-seriously that we should go to Japan and see our […]

Mount Fuji is located on Honshu Island, is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24 m. It is an active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–1708. Mount Fuji lies about 100 kilometers from Tokyo and can be seen clearly from there on a blue-skied day. Mount Fuji’s exceptionally symmetrical cone, which is snow-capped for about 5 […]

Have you ever wondered why the Japanese are generally so friendly, polite, intelligent and brisk? It’s due to their overpowered school system. There are many similarities between Finnish and Japanese education systems. In both countries,  the compulsory education period is nine years and also the Education system is 6-3-3-4, which means six years of elementary school, […]