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Clueless about Tokyo and Japanese School Girl: a book review

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Since the last book review, Tuttle Publishing sent another set of four colourful and interesting “Cool Japan” books to me and I was really stoked about it. I’m very fond of the new books that talks about the variety of Japanese related cultures and topics, aiming at giving people outside of Japan hints on how Japan actually looks like.

I have read the books and will share my reviews and opinion here on this blog, split into 2 blog post with 2 book review each. The first two books that I want to share is “Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How Teenage Girls Made a Nation Cool” and “Clueless in Tokyo: An Explorer’s Sketchbook of Weird and Wonderful things in Japan”

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Learn Cool Japan, Kanji and Casual Japanese and more – book review part II

Book review part II

On the previous post, I have read the book Cool Japan Guide, and today I’m going to introduce four more interesting Japanese related books, published by Tuttle Publishing.

These four books are: “Making out in Japanese”, “Cool Japan Guide ~Fun in the land of manga, lucky cats and ramen~”, “Japanese Kanji Made Easy: Learn 1000 kanji and kana the fun and easy way” and “Japanese Design: Art, Aesthetics & Culture”. Without further ado, continue reading to find out more about them!

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“Tokyo: Capital of Cool” – book review part I

Cover Photo of Tokyo: Capital of Cool book by Robb Goss

Tokyo is the capital of Japan and is one of the most beautiful, bustling, busiest cities in the world. Tokyo is such a diversified destination with so many different lifestyles and cultures breathing under it, it’s difficult to describe it with just one word. But all can agree that Tokyo is the capital of Cool!

Today I want to introduce a new book called “Tokyo: Capital of Cool”, authored by Rob Goss. This book is really useful to foreigners from around the world who plan to travel to Tokyo, Japan to witness its coolness. It briefly talks about what Tokyo is about and showcasing the uniqueness of different sightseeing locations within different parts of Tokyo. Each page comes with a mix of images and text and you will be amazed at how crazy cool Japan is.

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More cute emoticons with JapaneseEmoticons.net

More cute emoticons with JapaneseEmoticons.net

Back in the year 2007, I posted an article “Japanese kaoani and emoticon” on where you can look for cute Japanese style emoticons. It’s almost 7 years ago and is such a relieve that the site is still active! Today, I’m going to introduce to you another site that you can find many cute emoticons!

This website is called JapaneseEmoticons. You can find all sorts of examples like emotions, animals and many other unique and more modern one. Well you can browse through all of the emoticons and copy paste the emoticons you like!

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Japan Art and Design blog that you should read

Japan Art and Design blog that you should read

Japan is a place where art and design is deeply fused with everyday life. From the traditional art to the modern art, illustration, graphic design and many other medium, you can find creativity breathing at a lively pace in Japan. I strongly felt that when I was in Tokyo 4 years ago and attended two art events that were flooded with people.

Japanese art and design has its unique identity, but with the imagination from different artists, the great diversity can be spotted too. Well, it’s kind of hard to find information on this topic but today, I will introduce 5 dedicated website where you can find and read about Japanese art and design. Please continue reading to find out more.

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Know more about Japan with Youtube videos

Know more about Japan with Youtube videos

Well, if you want to learn more about other culture, one obvious way is to travel to that country and experience yourself. But sometimes, you want to know more about it, you will have to read books, watch videos and more. For country like Japan which has rich in culture and diversity, every traveler will gain different experiences in Japan! In this article, I will show you a couple of interesting videos and playlists that talks about Japan.

With these videos, I’m pretty sure that you will learn new things, culture, practices and interesting facts about Japan! I get a lot of surprises when viewing some of them. Japan is really a wonderful country and definitely would like to go again! Without further elaborating, read on to check out the videos!

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13 beautiful Japan related Pinterest boards worth following

13 beautiful Japan related Pinterest boards worth following

Pinterest. A place where you can find beautiful, inspirational images, and also allows you to pin the images you would like to keep and arrange them into boards. There are a lot of Japan related boards too, and I would like to introduce 13 boards here in this post.

The boards ranging from places, food, art and design, architecture and so much more. I bet that you can know more about Japan with these boards and astonish about the beauty of Japan. Without talking much, please continue reading to check them out!

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5 cool modern Japanese houses

5 cool modern Japanese houses

In Japan, the sense of architecture design has been outstanding for all these years. But through the years, the aesthetic value of the architecture and the concept of living has been changing to fit the owners vision of life and their modern lifestyle. In this post, we will dive into some of the modern cool looking Japanese houses.

Below are some examples of modern architecture designs that I found on the Internet that I would like to share with you guys. As you can see the shape of the houses are normally geometrical and very minimal interior design, using a lot of wood and glass that allows huge amount of natural lights to light up the inside during the day. It makes the space bigger and also able to save electricity too. Please check them out!

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JAYPEG: A design showcase website from Japan

JAYPEG: A design showcase website from Japan

There are many websites that designers and artists can use to showcase their brilliant works for example: Dribbble, Behance, DeviantArt and more. With these sites, designers able to showcase their works, find inspiration, make new friends and get more exposure too! Today, I’m going to introduce JAYPEG, a design showcase site that originated from Japan.

The interface design of the JAYPEG website is really clean and minimal. The navigation is really straightforward, and the uploaded designs were arranged in a form of stack. There are only three public stacks at the moment: The Popular stack showing the popular entries; the Latest stack that displays the latest uploads; finally the Newbie stack for first timer. In there, we can find some really nice designs from Japanese designers. Below are some of the cool examples.

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The many photos of Mount Fuji

The many photos of Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji… what a beautiful mountain. Located on the Honshu island, Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3776 meter height. It’s very well-known iconic symbol for Japan, and often featured in paintings and photographs. In this post, I’m going to share with you really nice photos of Mount Fuji from various photographers.

I was lucky to see Mount Fuji with my own eye on a clear day when I was in Japan three years ago. The shape of the mountain is extremely symmetrical and harmony. I wish to climb the mountain one day and also taste the famous black egg at Owakudani which is near Mount Fuji. Continue reading to check out the photos!

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