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What kind of country is Japan? This site aims to become a guide to Japan and Japanese culture by introducing various information about Japan, from basic information such as its location, climate, transportation, food, language and manners, to whats and whys about the local traditions and customs.

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Chaps And Cracks

(FRI) January 20th, 2017

4:53 p.m. It's been a while since I'd got rid of chapped hands in winter, but the cold wave has brought them back on my hands.

Before I came back to live with my parents, I had cracked fingers throughout the year. It seems the tap water in the commercial district where I used to live contained more chlorine, and my fingers were almost always bleeding because of those cracks. But after I moved to a residential area, the cracks and chaps have been cured bringing my hands into a normal state. Until about a week ago when the temperature dropped down to below zero.

Luckily, my fingers aren't cracked yet, though chaps are appearing on the back of my hands. It's that cold (and dry) I guess.

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Food Catalog

Cream Anmitsu
Cream Anmitsu

Fed up with the heat? Here's a nice cold Japanse-style sweets to cheer you up! Cream Anmitsu is a delux version of Anmitsu, Kanten(Japanese gelatine) jelly and fruits with ice cream topping and Kuromitsu caramel sauce poured over it. And what's great, it's low calorie!


Holidays of January

  • January 1st (TUE)
  • New Year's Day
  • January 9th (MON)
  • Coming of Age Day


Watch out for "SAMURAI" Tamesue!

'People' would like to cheer and support someone who is working hard to achieve his or her goal. This time 'People' would focus on Japanese "Samurai" hurdler Dai Tamesue who recently went into a full-fledged training for the Peking Olympics.


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Manned flight by oxyride dry-cell batteries project

The Tokyo Institute of Technology in cooperation with Panasonic, has led the project 'Manned Flight by Oxyride Dry-cell Battery' into the world's first success. On July 16th this year (2006), they made success in a trial of manned flight using commercially available oxyride batteries, in a project that they had been bringing forward together.