Wednesday, December 1, 2010

WHAT IS JAPAN KNOWN FOR?

ANIME/MANGA
Anime has entered people's mind when they think of Japanese pop culture. Anime is popular among all the youths in Japan and even in other countries like Singapore. The main reason why anime is such a big industry in Japan and also why it is so successful mainly is because it has always been taken seriously and has the diversity to appeal to all age levels from kids to adults.
Manga also appeal to all age levels and popular mangas are able to sell up to the tens of millions. This shows that the fan-base for any new manga-based anime is huge and loyal.

COSPLAY
Cosplay is a subculture in Japan centered around dressing up as characters from manga, anime, video games etc. The term is a Japanese contraction combining the words "costume" and "play" which correctly describes the hobby of having fun by dressing up as one's favorite characters. Other then dressing up for cosplay conventions, people also dress up together with cosplay fanatics for get togethers and whatnot.

Cosplay has spread across the world in recent years, joining with costuming at science fiction conventions in North America and Europe.

ORIGAMI
Origami is the art of folding paper and glue or scissors are usually not used in the process. One of the most popular origami is folding of cranes as it is said that folinf 1000 cranes will make a wish come true. Also, 1000 cranes are given to sick people for fast recovery. Other popular folding objects are flowers, balloons, gold fish, frogs, swans, and many more.

SUSHI
When we hear Japan, one can immediately think of sushi. A world famous delicacy enjoyed by everyone. It is not only delicious but also very healthy. Sushi is usually made with rice, and ingredients rolled up with seaweed for consumption. The rice are mixed with appropriate amount of Japanese vinegar to give it abit of sour taste. It is also very easy to eat as sushis are relatively small in sizes. The reason why sushi is appealing to almost everyone is because there are many different flavours to a sushi and u can also easily invent your own favourite flavour of sushi.

SHINKANSEN
The Shinkansen(new main line)also known as the bullet train, is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by four Japan Railways Group companies.
Starting with 210 km/h, the shinkansen now speeds up to 300km/h. test runs have ever reached 443 km/h and up to a stunning world record of 581 km/h. Only in Japan you can experience the fastest bullet train in the world.

CHERRY BLOSSOMS
Cherry blossoms also known as sukara is Japan's unofficial national flower. It has been celebrated for many years and holds a very pominent position in the Japanese culture.
There are many dozens of different cherry tree varieties in Japan, most of which bloom for just a couple of days in spring. Many people travel to Japan during their spring time just to catch the bloom of the cherry blossoms. The Japanese celebrate that time of the year with hanami (cherry blossom viewing) parties under the blooming trees.

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