Tsubaki

In the Western world, Japanese Spring is almost exclusively associated with Sakura (cherry blossom) and images of trees covered in pale pink or a breeze filling the air filled with fluttering cherry blossom petals, creating the illusion of snowfall. However, there is another important symbol of Spring in Japan, the Tsubaki (Camellia japonica). Unlike sakura tress which are deciduous and produce multitudes of tiny flowers over 2-3 weeks in early…

April 28, 2012
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Student clubs in Japanese Universities

In Japan all universities and secondary schools have extracurricular clubs (Bukatsudou). Student clubs can be divided into sports clubs (undou-bu) and culture clubs (bunka-bu). Student clubs originated over a hundred years ago and are now an integral part of Japanese secondary and post-secondary student life. All clubs are free of charge, the university provides the venue, the students buy their equipment or raise money if they need something for their…

April 14, 2012
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Sakura season

April 14, 2012

In Japan, March is associated with Cherry Blossom (Sakura) season. Japanese people flock to gardens and parks to have picnics (hanami) under the cherry blossoms with their families, friends and co-workers. Company departments, student clubs and all other imaginable groups organise such gatherings either during work lunch break or at the weekend. These picnics vary from simple sandwiches to the more popular tradition of barbecue with the smell of grilling…

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