Japanese history

You’re lucky you weren’t born a samurai. But samurais are lovable.

By |2020-12-02T21:01:03+09:00May 17th, 2020|Categories: Japanese history, Podcast|Tags: , , , , , , |

Life was hard, and short, as a samurai. In battle, at home, at their work desk, death was always right around the corner, even after Japan had entered a long period of peace. But their stoicism is to be loved.

The cultural reason Power Rangers introduce themselves before battle

By |2020-07-30T14:13:07+09:00March 6th, 2020|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , |

Why do Power Rangers, originally a Japanese kids TV content franchise, give a self-introduction every time they go into battle, and why do villains just patiently wait for them to finish? The Power Ranger series in Japan are the same deal. There is in fact an interesting historical/cultural background to their absurd behaviors - in the lives of Japanese samurais 400 to 800 years ago.

Why do Japanese companies stay in business for 500 years?

By |2020-06-20T17:27:20+09:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: Podcast|Tags: , , , |

More than half of companies that are 2 centuries old or above in the world are in Japan. There are around 40 Japanese companies that are 5 centuries old. The secret to longevity lies in its unique history, the business culture and the national culture of Japan.

The history of gender fluidity of the Japanese

By |2020-06-17T14:18:33+09:00December 29th, 2019|Categories: Japanese history, Japanese people, Japanese thought|Tags: , , , , , |

Japanese boy bands cast young boys with feminine facial features and hairless skin, and girls are crazy about them. Legendary Kabuki actors throughout its 400-year history are all known for pulling off the sexiest female roles, and grabbed the heart [...]

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