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How to be a respectful traveler in Japan
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How to be a respectful traveler in Japan

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I am sure you will already have a good general image of what Japan is like, manners-like. I bet you are picturing the figure of an employee bowing in front of you, or the many kind smile on the faces of polite women. Behind the stereotype, I think the most important thing to remember about Japan is that it is a country that follows the rules and the etiquette, so if you are considering to visit it you should follow its rules to.

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My must-see places in Tokyo
Culture tips, Field Journal

My must-see places in Tokyo

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I have to admit it, I love Tokyo. A piece of my heart is still there and I can’t wait to be back. A lot of people tend to picture Tokyo as a modern monster, a jumble of skyscrapers, giant screens and strange people walking around. It has giant skyscrapers, billboards and strange people, of course; but there is so much more to it, and such a variety of landscapes that it is hard (and extremely wrong) to shrink it to one common stereotype.

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Religion in Japan
Anthropology, Culture tips, JST Video

Religion in Japan – a brief Intro

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Concerning Japan, the term, shūkyō 宗教 (religion) has a very complex history, which is closely connected with the relationship between modern Japan and the West. Before the encounter with the western colonial powers, different terms were commonly employed, such as o michi  道, (via, way, system, as in, Shintō, “The way of the Gods”), while we have no proper equivalent for the European and American notion of religion, nor the aristotelic logic that led to the non-contraddiction principle: therefore, rather than interpret different thought systems as irreconciliable, such background favoured the compromise, the similarities and the shared elements.

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