Tag: Japan

How The Japanese Fold Their Socks

Japan is famous for many things, and most of them have to do with how different their culture is. While that can be said for any culture on Earth, we seem to have a particular fascination with Japan. Maybe it has to do with World War Two, or their rapid westernization, or the success of their cultural exports overseas. Whatever the case, we seem to have a weird fascination with this Asian island nation. Maybe it has to do with a sense of striving for perfection, or maybe it’s because of origami, because everything just seems so neat and...

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The Unique Way Japanese Wrap Gifts

One of the more annoying aspects of the Christmas season – especially if you have a large family – can be the almost overwhelming amount of gift-wrapping you need to do. Some people can do really elegant and fancy wrapping, and others can barely manage. No matter your skill level, it takes a bit of precision and time. Unless of course, you happen to work and live in Japan. One intrepid Youtuber was doing a bit of shopping at the Takashimaya Department Store in Japan, and noticed the existence of what can only be described as a gift-wrapping god....

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Meet The Penguin That Lives In Japan And Buys Fish From The Market

Most penguins are native to Antarctica and normally spend most of their lives there, so what’s a king penguin doing so far north in Japan? Meet Lala, a ten-year-old king penguin that lives with the Nishimoto family in Japan.   Though normally warm and humid, Lala has a special room set just right for a penguin. Although, Lala doesn’t like to stay in one place too long. You see, Lala is a wanderer at heart, and loves nothing more than to strap on his penguin-shaped backpack and walk all the way to the market for some sardines and mackerel....

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Japanese Marathon Runner Takes 54 Years to Finish Race

It’s the Quadrennial Summertime International Sport Competition Month once again. Also known as the Olympics. Typically, endurance sports like swimming, biking, and running are measured in times. Obviously, performers with the shortest times win. There are no prizes for having the worst time, but, if you’re lucky, you might bag a world record title. Shizo Kanakuri was a Japanese marathon runner at the 1912 Games in Stockholm, Sweden. He was selected as one of only two Olympians sent by Japan that year. During a qualifying trial, he set a world record, completing the marathon in just 2 hours, 32...

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