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 […]

Instead of writing the usual and boring presentation text, where we list our years of birth, length, and how many pets we have, we tried something new. We introduce ourselves through questions. We asked ourselves questions and we also asked each other to answer the questions about ourselves, for example, Janne tells Lauri’s sources of […]

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. […]

It can be very easy to stick with what you know, rather than trying to meet people who are different from you. However, actively trying to understand and embrace cultural differences can open you up to a whole world of exciting new possibilities and experiences. Here’s what you can do: Become self-aware Work out your […]

1. Other Cultures are Interesting First of all, it’s interesting to learn about those who are different from you. There’s nothing wrong with doing something just because it’s interesting. A little extra knowledge ever hurt anyone, and it’s probably more useful and edifying than watching another mindless TV show. 2. You Can Stimulate Your Mind It […]

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 […]

We were invited to “Polkuja Aasiaan päivä” in Espoo’s Omnia. There was people telling information about China, Japan and South Korea. There was also visitors from many different countries. We had there a own booth where we told about our project and showed some pictures from our trip, we also had kind of a raffle […]

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 […]