5 Books Inspired By Japanese Mythology and Folklore

5 Books Inspired By Japanese Mythology and Folklore

My exposure to Japanese mythology and folklore actually began when I was in grade school. I started to read and excessive amount of manga, and through that, I took an interest in the folklore and mythos that inspired said stories. I still love the legends and stories, so this has definitely been an article long in the making. Here are five stories inspired by Japanese mythology and folklore.   1. “Tales of moonlight and Rain” image via goodreads Tales of Moonlight and Rain, written by Ueda Akinari, was originally published back in 1776. This is a collection of nine gothic …

New Book Promises It Can Teach Anybody How to Do a Split, Including You

New Book Promises It Can Teach Anybody How to Do a Split, Including You

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Eiko is a yoga instructor at a place in Osaka, Japan, but that’s not all she’s doing these days! She recently published a new book entitled Even the Stiffest People Can Do the Splits in which she details a 4-week stretching regiment, by the end of which even you or I can accomplish our childhood dream of doing a full split!   Eiko has been a YouTube sensation where she uploads videos demonstrating yoga routines to the masses—views on her channel are recorded at having almost 7 million views! In fact, she is so popular in Osaka that children point at her …

Japanese Artisan Beautifully Restores 100-Year-Old Japanese-English Dictionary

Japanese Artisan Beautifully Restores 100-Year-Old Japanese-English Dictionary

Japan is a country roughly the size of California, and is home to a staggering 127 million inhabitants. It is a country that prides itself on its workable juxtaposition of the traditional and the modern, and simply refuses to lose its cultural identity among the din of smartphones and bullet trains.   The literacy rate in Japan is one of the highest in the world, at almost 100%. It has its rigorous education system to thank for that. There are actually four different writing systems found in this country—Romanji (a Romanized spelling used to translate Japanese), Katakana (foreign words and names, …

You Have to Stay in This Japanese Hostel…I Mean Bookcase

You Have to Stay in This Japanese Hostel…I Mean Bookcase

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I am basically a walking millennial cliche. You know the one–they studied abroad and now they’re all about that wanderlust and fulfilling their heart’s desire through experience. Yup, that’s me! And this new hostel in Japan proves to put all other hostels to shame.    When studying abroad, you learn quickly that the only way to do it in college without selling a kidney is to use hostels. And they’re amazing. I stayed in hostels all throughout Europe, sometimes for as low as $8 a night, and I must say, I love them. I came across an article about a bookstore-themed hostel in …