Shunga: Ancient Japanese Erotica

Shunga: Ancient Japanese Erotica

In 2014, the British Museum held an exhibition of Japanese erotic art. The exhibition had over 150 pictures called shunga, which included the most famous works of the most famous artists, such as Katsushika Hokusai, Suzuki Harunobu, and Kitagawa Utamaro. The shunga exhibition brought this form of Japanese erotica to the wider public eye. So what is shunga exactly?

Literally translating into “spring pictures,” shunga was popular during the Edo period (1603–1867), with most work being done in the 19th century. The reason the Japanese call them spring pictures (i.e., pictures of spring) is because spring is a well-known euphemism for sex in Japanese. Let’s dive into what this art consists of.

What Is Shunga?

Shunga depicts sexual acts that are pleasurable and shameless. They’re basically erotic pictures that you make with woodblock print or ink painting. Most commonly, they represented heterosexual couples. However, Japanese artists at the time had no trouble depicting homosexuality (usually two males) and other forms of attraction, such as zoophilia. For instance, one of the most famous shunga pictures is The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife. In this painting from 1814, you can see a naked lady getting orally pleasured by an octopus.

All shunga paintings feature exaggerated genitalia, which are far too big for anyone to consider them realistic. In some paintings, people have clothes on as the Japanese didn’t see nudity as much of a sexual thing as the Westerners did.

Although there were some artistic influences before, shunga hit the height during the Edo period of Japan’s history, which covered three and a half centuries. As was customary at the time, virtually all shungas belong to ukiyo-e, an artistic genre that depicts life’s pleasures. Ukiyo-e means “pictures of the floating world.”

The Uses of Shunga

Back then, shungas didn’t represent some form of a sexual revolution, nor was Japan an overtly sexual society. In fact, there were even highly strict laws against adultery, and self-control was one of the most esteemed virtues. However, sex wasn’t as taboo as it was in Europe. The Shinto religion didn’t frown upon sex as something sinful. Instead, they viewed it as a pleasurable activity and a natural one. So there was no groundbreaking philosophy behind them.

There were several uses of the shunga pictures, with some being more obvious than the other. Firstly, they used these depictions as an educational aid in sex ed. They would show these pictures to younger people in order to show them what’s what. Some people, however, dispute this theory simply due to the fact that there was no real objectivity in these drawings.

Another use was a social one. They were simply a funny thing ordinary people would exchange among themselves. This is why many of the pictures are accompanied by some text as people depicted had a funny line to say. Basically, some of them were just a Medieval sketch with genitalia.

Furthermore, they used shungas in the way you’d assume. Simply, many samurai warriors would live in barracks for months at a time. Merchants would travel the country and miss their homes, with both professions leaving lonely housewives behind. Both men and women would use the pictures as an aid to get themselves where they want to be.

Other Uses

There was also a use you wouldn’t really expect. Many viewed shungas as some sort of lucky charms. Samurai believed they would ward off death, while merchants thought shungas could deter a fire.

Finally, although shungas had a “by men for men” kind of vibe going on, women were also owners of these paintings. Men would buy shungas for their wives as a wedding gift.

Shunga: Art or Pornography?

Nowadays, there’s an ongoing debate about shunga and its actual artistic value. Some see it as feudal-era pornography with no actual artistry behind it. Essentially, people back then didn’t have means for anything more advanced, so they had to fulfill their voyeuristic desires by looking at a piece of wood.

However, many dispute this view, saying that shunga paintings are an art form. For example, Akiko Yano, an art historian at the London University, rejects the pornographic connotation as a form of censorship. Each picture comes with text and dialogues as well as many delicate visual details. Every shunga, in Yano’s words, is rich with characters, a story, and an atmosphere. These pieces contain wit, satire, and humor. All of this together places shungas at above pornography.

The Themes of the Genre 400

Another reason why we regard shunga as an art form instead of Medieval porn today is because of the depth of the subjects artists covered. They weren’t there just to show a man with a huge penis having a go at a woman with a huge vagina. There’s a wide variety of themes shungas talked about. Oftentimes, shungas would have a voyeur lurking in the background. They might be looking over a wall or through a hole in the washi walls. These voyeurs represented us, the viewers, who secretly enjoyed watching the lovers.

Additionally, they often talked about rape. Rapists were usually brigands or Yakuza members, and they were always the perpetrators. They had aesthetically displeasing features, such as an unshaven or disfigured face. Rarely, women would be the rapists, but these shungas would depict desperate, undesirable women tying up younger men.

Creatures and Animals

Moving on, many shungas used the Japanese belief system at the time as an inspiration. Back then, the Japanese imported Chinese Daoist and Confucian beliefs, which viewed sex as an important aspect to both your mental and physical health. Subsequently, many gods and deities frequently feature in shungas. This is especially true for Izanami and Izanagi, who, according to the legend, created the Japanese islands. 

Other depictions include the Seven Gods of Fortune, which often took part in orgies. Buddhist angels, including Daruma (founder of Buddhism), also feature in shungas, having sex among themselves and with other people. Another popular figure is Tengu, a demon with a long nose. Tengu would use his nose to satisfy women.

Similarly, there were many other depictions that found their roots in popular beliefs. For instance, you can find paintings of men and women getting raped by ghosts. These would take place in cemeteries and other dark places, you know, the type of stuff that turns Stephen King on.

Finally, animals were also a popular theme. They usually had two subgenres — realistic images and fantastical scenery. For instance, you’d see half-octopus, half-human creatures, water demons, and mutating foxes. The more realistic paintings usually show dogs, cats, camels, monkeys, deer, mice, and so on. These animals either have sex with each other, or they’re there just to be a bystander.

The Decline

Shungas were never something the Japanese rulers would wildly celebrate. Even in the heyday of the Edo era, there were governmental efforts to suppress them. There were edicts who wanted to censor these shungas as “lewdness books.” However, lewdness books also included works that criticized the government and samurai, which took priority over shungas.

In the 18th century, 1722, to be precise, there was a stricter edict that made it impossible to publish a piece of work without the government’s approval. However, sales didn’t go down; they just became “underground” or illegal, if you will.

The Meiji era replaced the Edo in the mid-19th century. The Meiji era was much more inclined towards Western culture, adopting clothing and hairstyles. For a time, shungas showed these Meiji influences, but ultimately, they lost the war with technology. They simply couldn’t compete with erotic pornography that was on its rise.

40 Years and Over 500 Million Sold Worldwide — Welcome to the World of Gundams

40 Years and Over 500 Million Sold Worldwide — Welcome to the World of Gundams

During the last couple of decades, we’ve seen all sorts of far-out ideas and concepts hit the American mainstream. However, none of them were as fruitful and successful as Japanese giant robots and Kaiju monsters. From numerous Mecha anime spin-offs and remakes to Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim,” these monumental battle droids remain the staples of fun childhood memories for many. But where did they come from, and what’s the story behind their creation? Well, let’s find out!

Japan’s Most Remarkable Commercial Phenomena

For years now, Japan has been the cradle of many critically acclaimed manga and anime series. Their overall attention to detail and art style are so interesting that most people in other parts of the world can’t resist and consume their comics and TV series. The fan-favorite “Ghost in the Shell” even has its own big-budget Hollywood adaptation. However, one anime series seems to top the rest, becoming a commercial phenomenon in itself.

Of course, we’re talking about “Mobile Suit Gundam.” The series tells a story of a teenage mechanic, Amuro Ray, battling the Principality of Zeon. He controls a giant battle robot, Gundam, in service of the Earth Federation during the “Universal Century” 0079 war. “Mobile Suit Gundam” is the work of director Yoshiyuki Tomino and the famous Nippon Sunrise animation studio. Needless to say, the series has countless video game adaptations and questionable rip-offs.

But when was Gundam made? Well, the first episode came out in 1979, and it’s still running strong nowadays through numerous spin-offs. The popularity of “Mobile Suit Gundam” is so big that Bandai Namco toy company is still selling its toy models worldwide. Moreover, they have sold more than 500 million products for over 40 years now. The history of Gundam is so rich and interesting that we’ll segue into more details about Bandai and their Gunpla model kits.

The Bandai Hobby Center

The base of operations for making these models are two factories in Japan. The first one is on the Pacific Coast, in Shizuoka Prefecture. But as of 2020, they added another factory in Naganuma to help raise the production of Gundam model kits by about 40%.

This Bandai Hobby Center is a dream place for all fans of the Gundam series. You can visit it as a tourist and have a walk through the assembly lines to see all sorts of models in production. The company says that girls enjoy newer models more, while men are still pretty big on the original Gunplas from the early ’80s.

Why People Love It

One might wonder why so many people enjoy assembling Gunplas. Moreover, why would adults enjoy something that’s somewhat childish? Well, the answer is simple. The Mecha animes are a huge part of their youth, and since people are usually nostalgic about their childhood, playing around with a hobby like this is a no-brainer.

And if you dig deeper into the whole process, you get to see that it’s not some simple kiddy stuff. Most kits have over 1000 pieces that you carve out and put together to get a great-looking model. It’s a form of escapism for most, as they get to feel like their favorite mechanics from the series while putting their suits together.

It’s hard to argue against anything like this. And why would you? People show interest in all sorts of things. From fantasy sports to video games, they enjoy themselves without answering meaningless questions. And in its essence, collecting Gunplas and assembling them is a great hobby for anyone who loves Japanese Mecha anime.

Choosing the Right Gundam

In case you’re interested in getting yourself a Gunpla, maybe you should consider a couple of things first. The thing is, not all of them are simple to put together. From their grades to the scale system, you might find yourself lost at first. Hence, we’ll provide you with some basic tips on how to choose the right one for you.

Firstly, it’s important to understand how the grading system works. And just like with any other hobby, there are numerous types of models you can purchase and enjoy yourself. You have five different types of them: the High Grade, Master Grade, Perfect Grade, Real Grade, and Super-Deformed.

High Grade

The High Grade is like a beginner level, as they’re easier to assemble and are the cheapest. They come in various sizes, but they’re pretty much simple to put together. The High Grade doesn’t have that many parts, and you don’t need to paint them if you’re not skillful enough.

All of this justifies the price tag they come with.

Master Grade

On the other hand, the Master Grade models are a bit trickier to assemble. They have more parts, details, and mechanics to them. Also, the Master ones have an inner skeleton you can show off to your friends. However, all these traits make them more expensive, so they’re something in between an entry and pro level.

Perfect Grade

The Perfect Grade Gunplas are the holy grail in the world of Gundams. Unfortunately, they mean more money. The reason for this is that they have the most parts, and their scale is the biggest. But their price is justifiable since the attention to detail is so big that you’ll easily forget you’re playing around with a toy and imagine yourself being one of the characters from the Gundam series.

Real Grade

Still, if you don’t have that much money to spend, you can get Real Grade models. They’re also highly detailed and come in large scales but for less money. Some models are so good that you’ll easily mistake them for Perfect Grade kits. Hence, we’d always go for these boys before we spend big money on the grade above.

Super-Deformed

Finally, the Super-Deformed models are kid-friendly. Why? Well, they’re pretty small and have a chubby, cartoonish look that’s more suitable for the young ones. They’re also the cheapest of the bunch, so you can try them out before spending some real money on more expensive Gundams if you’re not sure about the whole idea. 

Japan — the Most Advanced Country in Technology

Japan — the Most Advanced Country in Technology

For the longest time, Japan has been well-known for being at the cutting edge of technological innovation. In fact, many people directly associate it with things like robotics, superfast trains, and other such tech wonders. And it managed to do all that while recovering from the devastation of World War II.

But how does Japan stay a cut above other countries in terms of tech?

This list will give you a quick overview of what makes Japan the flagship of technology.

Big Investment in Education 

All progress starts with a good education. The Japanese government understands this very well, which is why it has emphasized the importance of education for decades. It spends a sizable chunk (3.59%) of its GDP on education in order to keep the sector strong.

As a result, the country’s education system has been streamlined through years of innovation in the field, from experimental classes to educational robots. Therefore, the way kids in Japan experience schooling is very different than what a lot of Europeans or Americans are used to.

But all the differences from what Westerners know about school are there for a good reason. For example, the kids have a much more hands-on role as they often teach their peers, which serves to solidify the information they recently learned. All of them also eat each meal (supplied by the school) together in their classroom so that they can spend more time bonding.

That may sound like fun, but it’s also hard work. Japan’s average school day lasts 6 hours, more than in almost all countries around the world (this excludes all the homework, projects, and drills outside of school time). The standards of Japanese education are gruelingly high and often push kids to their academic limits from elementary school to high school and beyond.

All this effort pays great dividends, though. The stats show that, among 34 countries in the OECD region, Japan ranks second in maths and first in science. 

Simple, Yet Extremely Complex 

One fascinating pattern we find in Japan’s history of invention is its practical nature. In other words, the vast majority of technological development in the country came about from a need to address a natural or social ill. For example, the massive push in AI tech is largely propelled by a shrinking labor market. But we’ll discuss that particular issue a little later, so we won’t go into it here. 

Instead, here’s another big driver of innovation in Japan. Japan’s tumultuous weather has also propelled it to come up with new solutions to keep people safe from natural disasters. The country’s climate makes it prone to typhoons, tsunamis, earthquakes, and seasons of heavy rain. For example, the country has a sophisticated disaster warning system that predicts nasty weather and warns the appropriate authorities, giving them ample time to respond accordingly.

The point is that almost all of Japan’s inventions came from the need to make people’s lives more comfortable. It’s a real-life example of “necessity breeds innovation.” The outstanding situations on the Japanese islands have driven their people to think of solutions both simple and sophisticated.

Bullet-Fast Infrastructure 

When they hear Japan and high technology, people’s imagination usually takes the direction of autonomous robots and other such fanciful tech. But it’s usually the people who have actually been to Japan that immediately think of its infrastructure.

Japan’s infrastructure is easily among the most advanced in the world. The country’s government constantly works on improving and expanding roadways, transportation systems, telecommunications, and more. In fact, Japan has spent upwards of $200 billion on construction projects since 2003. Just so you know, $200 billion is roughly 40% of the country’s entire budget.

Luckily, all that money has clearly been put to good use. People who live or have visited there can attest that the traffic and utilities in Japan function pretty much seamlessly (outside of natural disasters disrupting large parts of the country). Almost everything runs like clockwork and looks spotless, from the trains to the silk-smooth roads.

However, perhaps the biggest symbol of Japan’s stellar infrastructure is the so-called bullet train. 

The first instance of the bullet train (or Shinkansen) was introduced in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Even back then, it was a seriously impressive vehicle: it could make the route from Osaka to Tokyo in four hours, compared to seven that a traditional train could manage. 

But these trains are even faster now, able to finish the trip in 2 hours at an astounding top speed of 200 mph. They’re able to do thanks to levitating via magnetism instead of resting on wheels. Essentially, they float above the tracks without ever touching them.

Automation of Workforce

Japan’s labor force has been shrinking for years. This is due to the country’s birth rate failing to keep up with its death rate. Data from a few years ago put Japan’s birth rate at 1.4 per woman — far from the 2.1 needed to keep a country’s population young. As such, there are fewer and fewer young workers ready to step in and replace the old guard.

This puts Japan’s economy in a serious bind. Technologically advanced though the country may be, its shortage of labor is still liable to crash all the progress made thus far.

But, as always, Japan has a high-tech solution — workplace automation.

AI in the workplace isn’t exactly a new concept. A lot of the work we do is very repetitive and dull, often to the point where few people would actually willingly do it. But artificial intelligence doesn’t fuss about trudging through these boring tasks. By implementing AI in their workplace, employers save money and enjoy a boost in productivity.

While this technology isn’t the norm in most of the world, Japan is really pushing the envelope on what work can be done by robotic systems. It’s actually the fourth-most automated country, behind South Korea, Singapore, and Germany. Its automation rate a few years ago was 303 robots per 10,000 human employees.

Industrial robot workers are pretty widespread in Japan. Odds are you’ve seen some pictures of automated restaurants or heard of automated hotels dotting the cities. These are great examples of Japan’s ingenuity with replacing human workers.

Japan Is Already Living in the Future

In many respects, the world’s tomorrow is Japan’s today. No, this isn’t some weird wordplay on Japan being in the Eastern hemisphere. Rather, Japan is using the kinds of technology that most other countries (even the United States) are years away from introducing to their infrastructure.

We already mentioned marvels like the bullet train and automatic restaurants as examples of how advanced Japan is. But those are just scratching the surface of Japanese technology. 

Just imagine something like supermarkets that scan customer activities and lower prices in aisles with the least visits. What about a robotic babysitter that tells children to go to bed and plays them songs to lull them into sleep?

Japan also has full-on automatic vending machines that sell everything from food to clothes. It’s also home to wackier inventions, such as square watermelons that are easier to stack for transportation. Equally curious is the rainproof umbrella that covers its carrier from head to toe.

All of the above are innovations that came from and are an everyday thing in Japan. For most other countries, these inventions aren’t even on the horizon. The unique conditions in Japan have led it to always look forward, addressing as many problems as it can along the way.

However, this need to solve difficult issues has given the nation more than convenient fixes for its infrastructure. It also brought into the world generations of curious, results-oriented scientific minds. Their love for technology and creative solutions is what’s made them renowned around the world as visionaries of their respective fields.

Yamete Kudasai! Why This Phrase Arouses Hentai Fanatics

Yamete Kudasai! Why This Phrase Arouses Hentai Fanatics

It’s no secret that the Japanese are no strangers to weird and somewhat obscure sexual content. Some of their best selling products in the West, besides cars and high-end tech, are hentai videos. For those who’re not aware, these videos are animated porn with far-fetched plots and pretty graphic imagery. Nevertheless, why do people get off to seeing female characters begging their captors to stop?

Sexual Fantasies

There’s no denying that we live in a more sexual world than what it was back at the beginning of the last century. Most parts of the world are reasonably tolerant and liberal to concepts that were unthinkable back in the day. From LGBTQ+ rights to various kinks, we enjoy our sexualities more freely than ever. However, some of our more extreme fetishes are still hard to understand for everyone.

Namely, we’re talking about rape fantasies. Both men and women of all demographics enjoy thinking about being overpowered by strangers in a harsh, sexual way. A 1974 study by Hariton and Singer suggests that rape is one of the most popular perversions young students have. Moreover, it reports that it’s only second to having an imaginary, perfect lover. But does one study mean that this notion is true?

Well, the 1974 Hariton and Singer report isn’t the only scientific paper to suggest such fantasies. By 1984, another study done by Knafo and Jaffe shows that rape is actually in the first place for both young men and women. Fantasies, where people overpower one another for sexual pleasure, are so popular that porn studios roll out such content almost daily. You know, masks, intruders, naive girls who’re home alone, and similar stuff.

Softcore BDSM

Throughout the years, various forms of physical intercourse were a big thing in popular culture. From sexploitation flicks that ravel in rape and revenge to pop stars dressing up as Doms and slaves, people are aware of such concepts. However, the mainstream wasn’t always as generous to the BDSM community as it might seem. Their portrayal of the fetish is one of the reasons why most people think it’s all about violence and degradation.

Nevertheless, those same people have fantasies about trying it. Of course, the somewhat lighter, softcore version of it. And what better way to indulge in it than by watching hentai porn and not being in actual danger? Yup, this Japanese porn genre is a major form of escapism for your ordinary Joe and Susan.

Like we’ve said, most people like some form of rough sex, be it fantasy rape or BDSM. Still, most are not willing to try anything similar in real life, so they find enjoyment in uncensored hentai videos. And seeing how graphic they can be, we understand their reasons even more.

Common Phrase Before Hentai Orgasms

Finally, we come to the meat of this article. The center of this text is all about a certain phrase that’s in almost every anime hentai video — “Yamete kudasai!” In the Japanese language, these two words mean — please stop. And you can hear them almost every time just before the girl reaches an orgasm.

Strange? Well, most hentai anime stuff is. But if you take into consideration that rape fantasies are so popular among all demographics, you can understand the reasons behind such content. People get off to watching girls struggle while their captors mindlessly fuck their brains out. And the contrast between her begging him to stop and then reaching a massive orgasm makes the whole deal even more satisfying to viewers.

No matter if it’s a hentai monster or a gang of rapists, female characters are mostly in a submissive position in these anime porn videos. Moreover, they’re usually in school uniforms, have big tits, and are cute and naive. The point is to make them as innocent as possible for the intercourse to be even more perverse. 

A Must-Try When Doing Cosplay Sex

Of course, we condemn rape and non-consensual intercourse. Who doesn’t? But if you feel like you need to try something similar to the content you see in perverse teen hentai videos — try cosplay with your partner. Yup, dress up like a schoolgirl and a convict on the run and come up with your kinky little tale.

For example, the female can wear a school uniform and big glasses, while the guy goes for a jumpsuit and a balaclava over his face. Something like that, you know. And once you get your costumes, come up with a scenario where he’s on the run from the authorities, and he hides in the school girl’s house. But once he sees her, he can’t resist having his way with her innocent young body.

Of course, include the aforementioned phrase and change the scenario to your liking. Play around with fantasies as much as you want, but don’t go out acting like that in public. After all, without consent, you’re committing rape, and we want to make sure you understand that we don’t encourage anything like that. Ever.

Why Are Genitals Censored In Japanese Pornography?

Why Are Genitals Censored In Japanese Pornography?

If you ever came across censored porn with Asian actors, you can trust that it came from Japan. Don’t get it all wrong, though — that doesn’t mean that Japan is an extremely moral country. They are, of course, but to an extent.

Their roots tell us that they were always quite open when it comes to all things sexual, but things radically changed after Western countries paid them a visit. Now you can go to prison for showing some genitals, but that isn’t the case for breasts. Free the nipple!

Regardless of partial nudity being illegal, the porn industry in Japan is well and thriving. They market to other countries, too!

Why Is Japanese Porn Unique?

It doesn’t take a lot to realize what makes Japanese porn so different from the rest. You’ll be able to pinpoint it after taking the very first glance at it. You’re right — we’re talking about censored porn.

This isn’t something you’ll often come across when looking at western porn. People are usually down to see other people’s genitals and every piece of action that goes down. In fact, many individuals are actually turned on by that and look for nothing else. They don’t care about positions, genders of actors, or even the plot of these porn videos.

If you’ve never seen Japanese adult videos, however, you might wonder why porn would have anything censored. What’s the point if you can’t see anything? Well, there’s much more to it than meets the eye. Censoring of the genitals happens even in hentai, which is Japanese animated porn.

Another thing that differentiates this kind of porn is they usually feature younger women and older men. They aren’t strangers to various plots, public sex, or some kinks either. You can find just about anything, except the view might not be the same.

This type of porn is excellent for people who enjoy the sensuality of the act of sex itself. Those that don’t care to have a close-up on someone else’s genitals. So, we’d say that Japanese porn is a great way to introduce yourself to the adult entertainment industry. Besides, uncensored versions of almost everything exist as well.

The Japanese Legal System

So, why censor genitals then? Believe it or not, it all started at the very beginning of the 20th century.

The Japanese Criminal Code went through a revision. A new Act 175 was passed, stating that any distribution or depiction of obscene or indecent images is strictly forbidden. Yup, it’s illegal to share anything that Japan considers improper or perverse. Breaking this law can get you up to two years in prison, followed by a fine of around $23.500.

Clearly, this law needs another revision because the adult entertainment industry has found a way around it. They simply blur out anything that they shouldn’t show in the first place. Not only that, but the internet is a vast place. That makes it nearly impossible to catch people distributing even the uncensored videos. Marketing to countries other than Japan helps quite a lot as well.

Why Are Breasts Not Blurred?

To answer this question, we have to dive into the past of Japanese pornography. Before the Western countries came to preach morality, Japan was actually quite progressive and open about all things sexual.

Back in the day, Japan had traditional erotica by the name of shunga. You could see all kinds of things there, including the beginnings of the tentacle fetish. However, shunga went through a lot, and it too became illegal.

What you can notice, though, is that usually only the genitals were exposed in shunga. People were rarely freeing their nipples on these paintings, no matter their gender. In fact, they were usually fully clad. That tells us that Japan never sexualized boobs, and never has. People were strutting around naked in communal baths way before the 19th century.

That explains why you can see the Japanese women’s breasts, but their private parts are always in pixels, unless you find a different version, of course.

Japanese Porn Is Still Popular Regardless

Still, none of this takes a toll on the Japanese adult entertainment industry. This category of porn is still quite popular, and there are quite a few valid reasons for that.

Japanese pornography features incredibly entertaining and exciting plots, showing us just how creative people can be. Not to mention that there’s something incredibly sensual and seductive about blurred genitals, right? We’d definitely say so.

To top it all off, Japanese porn actors and actresses are quite attractive and beautiful as well. That said, we can’t find a single thing wrong about this kind of porn, and neither can you, we are sure of it.

Conclusion

We think that blurred genitals don’t take away from the excitement of porn. Clearly, a lot can be done to make porn appealing to the masses, besides showing someone’s naughty bits. Of course, it all depends on the preference.

Japan’s erotic industry has gone through a lot after it came into contact with the West. Yet, this nation remains quite open about all things erotic. Many kinks came from their traditional erotica, so we do need to thank them for it. That’s true even though they pixel some parts out.

If you’ve never seen Japanese porn, we encourage you to give it a try. You might even start liking it more than Western porn because there’s more to it than just genitals.

The Obsession With Cartoon Porn

The Obsession With Cartoon Porn

Anime fans, we have just the thing for you. Did you ever fantasize about doing anything sexual with your favorite animated character? If so, hentai porn should be right up your alley.

The world of hentai porn includes every fetish you can imagine. Plus, many characters that we know and love are in them as well. For some, that might ruin their favorite characters or cartoons, but for others, it’s a world they’ve always dreamed of.

Why is this category of porn so popular? Why do people love it so much? What even is hentai? Those are all the questions we’re going to answer today. Let’s take a deep dive into the wondrous world of 2D porn and all it entails.

The Popularity of Cartoons in Pornography

If you’re an avid porn-watcher (Learn more about porn addiction), we’re sure you came across some type of cartoon porn. Whether it be hentai, soft-core anime sex scenes, 3D renderings, it is everywhere. You just cannot escape it! Not many people see the appeal of cartoon porn, but we’re sure everyone took a peek at it at least once.

We don’t judge you, though. More people watch animated porn than you’d probably guess. We’ll dabble in some statistics now. According to PornHub’s year in review, the word “hentai” has held the second position for the most searched term for three years now. That tells you almost all you need to know of the popularity of animation in porn. Almost.

We’re sure you’re no stranger to finding an animated character attractive. There’s just something about them — maybe it’s how they look or carry themselves. Whatever it is, trust that this is something you’re not alone in. Naturally, people who create animated shows and movies can feel that way, too. That’s, we assume, why animated porn exists in the first place.

We’re not only talking about finding animated film characters attractive. It can be video game characters too. There’s plenty of porn featuring those and to no surprise. If a video game is popular, you’re bound to find the main characters engaging in some kind of sexual activity. We’re sure that makes a lot of people happy.

There’s so much more that can answer the question of why it is so popular. Some people just prefer not to look at other real people’s bodies. So, it can be just a preference. Needless to say that Japanese animation can feature some unreal-looking women, but if that’s what you like, who are we to judge?

Besides, hentai is a great way to explore fetishes.

What Is The Psychology Behind It?

When thinking of psychology, many people can believe there’s a lot of things to be said. Truthfully, it all depends on your point of view. The way we see it, it’s all a matter of preference.

It would be ridiculous to talk about the psychology behind one’s preference as we’re all so different. Some people simply like different things. However, there are some things you can see in hentai that you cannot find anywhere else.

Many people feel strange finding animated animals attractive, for example. Bestiality is something that’s heavily looked down upon in the real world, so it isn’t something you can see whenever you want. Animated porn offers you that in a semi-ethical fashion.

Not only that, but maybe you have incredibly high standards that only hentai women can reach. How so? They have unrealistically perfect bodies. Plus, cartoon porn can play the nostalgia card and involve some of your dearly beloved characters that might have been your first crush.

The psychology of each individual is different. We all have our reasons why we find cartoon porn appealing. Whatever it is, you don’t need to feel any shame about it. It’s safe to say you’re not alone.

What Is Hentai?

At this point, we’re sure you know that hentai is, but do you know what the word actually means? Translated into English, the term “hentai” is Japanese for “perversion.” However, there’s a catch. In Japan, hentai is the term used for any type of perverse sexual desire or act. Everywhere else, it’s Japanese cartoon porn that comes in different media formats.

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That’s right. Hentai isn’t just anime — it includes manga too, for example. Several things make this type of porn different from the rest.

Hentai porn heavily revolves around young, innocent women who secretly want to enjoy sex with, well, whoever. That doesn’t include humans only. There are some monsters and animals you can see as well. Besides, these kinds of cartoon porn have very entertaining plots. Of course, not everyone wants to watch a whole plot while just trying to get some sexual gratification. Still, sexy scenarios are fun.

This category of porn involves people with impossibly perfect bodies and things that cannot happen in real life. For example, women in hentai videos can suddenly grow out penises to have sex or they can be aliens from your wildest science fiction dream. That is an excellent way for you to explore some fetishes you might have.

Nothing is off-limits in the world of hentai. That’s because no actual humans are being exploited — it’s all just drawn and animated. We’re sure we all know how far the human imagination can go, and, proportionately, you can see many different kinds of things in porn.

How Is Hentai Basically BDSM

First, we need to make sure you know what BDSM stands for. It’s bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism. All of that might sound extreme, but BDSM can be as simple as you having a fetish and enjoying engaging in it.

When it comes to hentai, it’s safe to say it’s full of fetishes coming to life. Bondage isn’t uncommon in these types of videos, but neither is bestiality. People having sex with all kinds of monsters or animals is a particularly popular subgenre.

However, fetishes don’t always involve sexual acts set in stone. Let’s go back to thinking about the impossibly perfect bodies these people have. Some people have a fetish for big breasts or butts. Those are the types of fetishes that hentai will fulfill every time.

We wouldn’t consider hentai as a whole to be BDSM, but we can include it. Plus, cosplay is a big part of both some BDSM relationships and anime/hentai fandoms. So, you see, it all kind of connects in the end.

Conclusion

The world of cartoon porn is vast. There’s a whole array of things you can find and see. That means its popularity is justified.

When you think about it, many of us had an animated crush before having a real one. There’s just something about how these people carry themselves and look that we like. Of course, it’s unhealthy to be stuck in this fantasy world for too long. It can give you a skewed picture of how the real world functions.

Still, enjoying hentai won’t have adverse effects on you. Just like porn, in general, doesn’t. As long as you keep everything in moderation, you’ll be fine and able to indulge in your animated fantasies for as long as you please.

Japan Is Not as High Tech as You Thought It Was

Japan Is Not as High Tech as You Thought It Was

Everyone believes that Japan is the land of robots, mechs, AI, bullet trains, automated toilet seats, and more robots. But, most people are unaware of all the stories about how Japan is low-tech and how it actually faces challenges in many areas, including its banks, internet access, paperwork, etc. It’s true — Japan is not as high tech as you thought it was! 

In this article, we’ll reveal some obsolete technologies and processes that the Japanese still rely on, as well as outline some problems that will completely shatter your high-tech image of this country. 

ATMs and Banks

Firstly, getting around in Japan without any money can be a bit tricky. The reason is that ATMs are a bit of an inconvenience in Japan. They have their own operating hours and usually shut down at around 7 PM. Also, they close even earlier during public holidays or weekends. Sometimes, they even charge higher fees on those days! 

Many ATMs still don’t accept foreign cards, and you’ll notice this if the machine doesn’t have an option to access it in English. Tourists can encounter even more problems since most ATMs that accept foreign cards are Japan Post Office machines. They generally close at 5 PM. Fortunately, 7-Eleven ATMs in the konbini chain are available 24/7. But, they will charge high fees. What’s more, if you use Maestro or Mastercard, you probably won’t be able to take out any money. Some establishments like 7-Eleven or the post offices have banned them. 

Paperwork

If you’re planning on getting a job in Japan or doing something official that requires formal agreements, you’ll have to rely on handwritten paperwork. For example, as part of the tradition, resumes should be handwritten. The Japanese have strict beliefs regarding handwriting, and that’s why they have such neat writing styles. It’s said that handwriting shows off the individual’s attitude, so it should always be tidy and coherent. 

Additionally, traditional seals called Hanko are still in use for nearly any official document. That includes bank records, contracts, office paperwork, apartment leasing documents, as well as casual everyday documents such as receipts. The stamps are quite small, and you have to carve your own personal Hanko, which usually contains your name written in Japanese. Then, you must use red ink while stamping your documents.  

As a result, people use fewer laptops and personal computers. While most westerners have one or two computers, many Japanese households do not even own one. Instead, they rely on their mobile phones for emails and messaging. Still, it’s difficult to imagine how one would handle their business arrangements at home or even work remotely without a personal computer. 

The Japanese Still Love Using Cash

While other countries have moved on to digital transactions, people in Japan still use cash. Paying with paper money is pretty much the norm in restaurants, retail shops, grocery stores, etc.

In fact, it’s even common and recommended to pay with cash for large purchases. Because of this, everyone carries cash. Locals usually carry paper bills worth thousands of yen in their wallets. The reason is that most stores don’t accept debit or credit cards, especially if it comes from a foreign bank. 

Fortunately, since all shops accept cash, it won’t be a problem to find change to pay for cheaper items. Also, the streets are generally quite safe, and even if you carry lots of money in your wallet, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll encounter a pickpocket or thief. Interestingly, in Japan, cash is so popular that you can even order things from Amazon and go to a convenience store to pay for the online purchase. 

No Free Wi-Fi

Japan has a big internet problem, and networks are rarely available in households, universities, hotels, and even offices. Wi-Fi is not common at all, and not to mention free Wi-Fi, which is incredibly difficult to find. It’s more common for Japanese people to use mobile data since most homes lack high-speed internet connections. However, mobile data is also an inconvenience, as the plans can be quite expensive. 

And for those that do have a home or office computer, it’s likely that they’ll wire their internet up through Ethernet ports. It’s the same with hotels, which will sometimes offer an Ethernet cable for you to plug into your computer to get a connection. The problem is that most newer computers like Macbooks don’t even have Ethernet ports. To add to the irony, some places like Starbucks can offer free Wi-Fi, but it is actually impossible to use. You have to first register online to get access, but there’s no way to do that if you are not connected. 

Sadly, low-tech Japan is facing a big challenge due to the spread of the coronavirus and the fact that many Japanese workers lack an adequate internet connection for remote work. But that could change soon. Most people have been forced to start working from home due to social distancing and other measures. 

DVDs and Fax Machines Are Still in Vogue

Japan may be the leader in humanoid robots and advanced technology, but it still uses older technologies. Most people still rely heavily on fax machines, and even Japan’s biggest companies like Sony use them. 

However, this technology is so obsolete that you can even see it in museums like the Smithsonian. Yet, part of the reason why Japanese businesses prefer fax is the people’s reliance on the physical. They value paperwork and anything that you can hold in your hand. This is something that online forms do not provide.

And when it comes to older technologies, Japan still uses DVDs and CDs exclusively. The sales of music or movies on discs are constantly overwhelming streaming and downloading. Because of this, Japanese releases of CDs and DVDs come with colorful packaging and include booklets, posters, or even small towels. Both younger people and music/movie collectors prefer physical mediums in Japan because the culture prefers the tangible as opposed to the virtual. Interestingly, you can still find DVD and CD rental stores in Japan, which is something that’s completely obsolete in the rest of the world. 

Closing Thoughts

So what do you think? Is using obsolete technologies like cash, DVDs, and fax machines perfectly acceptable since Japanese culture prefers the physical? Or will the country fall behind the rest of the world due to poor internet access and its reliance on old tech? Either way, these questions just add to Japan’s sheer brilliance and prove that there’s truly no place like it on the planet! 

The Most Popular Animes of All Time

The Most Popular Animes of All Time

I may not have seen all anime in the world, but I’m definitely a big fan of these kinds of series. So, let me give you a list of the most popular anime of all time. I’m sure you’ll be familiar with all of them, and if not — get to work!

5. Death Note

Let’s talk about the most serious of them all first. Well, by serious, I mean it definitely has those kinds of vibes and visuals. Death Note is a story about how we all have moral dilemmas. When we come face to face with mysterious power, what do we use it for? Let’s ask the protagonist, Light Yagami. 

Light seems to be your average golden child student. That’s until he stumbles upon a death note that came from the hands of a shinigami, Ryuk. Light finds out that writing names in this notepad results in people’s deaths. Since he’s not necessarily a terrible person, he starts using the death note for “good” — purging the world of all evil. 

However, his killing spree doesn’t go unnoticed. The antagonist, L, is set to find Light and stop this teenager with a god complex.

4. Naruto

Out of all the famous anime shows I’ve seen, this one is definitely on the longer side. It is a story about a troubled kid with big dreams, and nobody will stop him from achieving them. However, this description doesn’t only apply to our protagonist, Naruto Uzumaki, but to his friend, the antagonist, Sasuke Uchiha, as well. 

The story of Naruto is all but simple. Gifted with a great power dwelling inside of him, Naruto was shunned as a child, and his power was deemed too dangerous. His adventures begin once he finds himself in a team and starts going on missions. 

While he’s busy training hard and trying to become a Hokage, his best friend Sasuke is working on revenge of his own. As we follow Naruto and Sasuke through their adventures, we realize that this is a story of friendship and never giving up.

3. Pokémon

There’s no way you don’t know about this one. For years we’ve been following the great adventures of Ash Ketchum and his friends. Much like the previous one, this anime will teach you all about working hard, never giving up, and teamwork! 

Ash aspires to become the greatest Pokémon master of all time. To do this, he has to compete in regional gyms and championships. Wandering the world with his friends, they all try to catch new and exciting pokemon to have by their side. However, their adventures don’t always go without a hitch. 

Team Rocket — Jesse, James, and Meowth — will stop at nothing to get Pikachu, who travels with Ash! This means that Team Rocket is always keeping this fun friend group on their toes. Where will they come out of next, and with what schemes? It doesn’t matter. Gotta catch ’em all!

2. One Piece

If you love “Pirates of The Caribbean,” I’d say that this is the anime for you. To become great, you have to work hard. You can achieve your dreams, no matter how big or small they are. Imagine wanting to become the king of all pirates and find a great treasure. Does that sound impossible? Our protagonist Monkey D. Luffy doesn’t think so!

You can’t really sail the seas and be a great voyager without a ship and a crew. Throughout the series, Luffy enlists people to join his crew, the Straw Hat Pirates. They sail on their ship, the Going Merry, in search of the One Piece treasure. 

Of course, their adventures can’t go smoothly either. Enemies constantly confront them, and they include other pirates, criminal organizations, bounty hunters, and the evil agents of the World Organization. Will they be able to achieve their dreams? There’s only one way to find out.

1. Dragon Ball

Let’s talk about the spectacular story of a monkey-tailed boy, Goku. This anime talks about how you have to work hard for your greatest desires. Not everything can just be wished upon a star. To be able to make that wish, Goku needs to find the seven Dragon Balls and summon a powerful dragon.

Luckily, our monkey boy isn’t alone on his adventures. He meets plenty of friends along the way, but the foes aren’t lacking either. Furthermore, many of those foes become allies after fighting Goku and aid him in fighting off enemies. Ultimately, after fighting in a couple of World Martial Arts Tournaments, Goku encounters his biggest enemy yet — King Piccolo. 

Will Goku be able to defeat him and use the Dragon Balls to wish his friends back to life? Watch and find out!

Conclusion

This was only a short list, but other anime are deserving of your time and attention too. We can definitely learn a lot from these series and our protagonists’ stories. As for me, it’s time to binge all of these because they’re just so good!

How the Japanese Deal With Sexuality

How the Japanese Deal With Sexuality

How Does Japan Deal With Sexuality?

The second part of the 20th century brought an inexorable expansion of Western influence throughout the globe. But no matter how globalism connects people worldwide, some cultures prevail in keeping their traditions intact. 

In the form of pop culture, the so-called soft power of the United States quickly won over the hearts and minds of young people in both Europe and Asia. The American way of life was easy to sell. Hence, some hostile countries would portray it as deviant and dangerous. And sure, in some ways, it can be.

Most notably, the way we perceive sex, nudity, and freedom isn’t the same everywhere. A prime example of different views on sexuality is the mighty nation of Japan. Therefore, our article aims to demystify sex in the Far East.

We’ll talk about traditions, the modern age, fetishes, and sex in mainstream culture. And as always, it’s going to be one hell of a ride. So, without further ado, let’s check how sex in Japan looks, shall we?

There Is No Shyness

Although it’s general knowledge that people in Japan are somewhat shy towards foreigners, there’s no holding back when it comes to nudity. Japanese society is well-entwined with public and outdoor baths. The latter is also known as “onsen,” which means “hot springs.”

Many tourists find it strange that Japanese people easily walk around naked while visiting these springs. Sure, it’s not like they’re full-on masturbating or having sex publically, but elsewhere it’s not that common. Japanese and nudity go hand-in-hand, just like sumo wrestlers and their minimal garments.

Growing up in Japan, kids will fairly soon encounter nudity in anime and manga. Both their cartoons and comic books are full of, let’s say, controversial content for a young age. However, men and women in modern Japan don’t see it that way. It’s part of their upbringing, and they export it overseas with great success.

Walking around Tokyo or any other major city, you’ll see girls in short skirts. It’s like a parade of high-school girls almost revealing their intimate parts. And once again, it’s a hybrid mix between the “free” Western world and how Japan deals with sexuality traditionally. 

Pornography Is a Fact of Life

Just like all other aspects of sexuality, pornography in Japan has its unique twists and turns. In general, there are two main periods for Japanese porn, Edo and Meiji. The first one was prominent until the latter half of the 19th century. It was a time when Shunga (depictions of sex on wooden blocks) were all the rage among men and women. However, by the end of the 1800s, the government began to censor both erotica and pornography.

During most of the 20th century, censoring porn in Japan was a big thing. Both genitals and pubic hair couldn’t appear freely in magazines and films. Anuses weren’t problematic if there was no penetration shown. Nevertheless, by the end of the ‘90s, it all began to change. Genres we now know as fully Japanese came to life, like bukkake, tentacle porn, gokkun, etc.

Japanese people love erotic manga, hentai (anime porn), and sex video games. You could say they’re the epicenter for such content, and they export it with flying colors overseas. Unfortunately, there’s a dark side to Japanese pornography as well. Lolicon (child porn) is a big issue in their culture. It’s not rare to hear news about police raids related to possession of child pornography.

Fetishes

Discussing Japanese sexuality wouldn’t work well without going into their popular fetishes and kinks. Sure, it’s a rabbit hole in some ways, but it’s worth checking out if you’re interested in the Far East culture. Some things are somewhat controversial, while others are now almost entirely a part of the Western fantasies.

Like we’ve briefly mentioned, bukkake is a big thing in Japan. It’s a sex kink that consists of a group of people (two or more) ejaculating on one other participant. It’s both a gay and heterosexual experience. Nowadays, you can see these scenes in porn films that come from all over the world.

Another prominent kink is shibari. Meaning “beautiful bondage,” this fetish is common in BDSM practices everywhere. Some argue it’s an art form, seeing how skillful people need to be to pull off such an act.

A list of fetishes in Japan wouldn’t be complete without nyotaimori. This kink is also known as body sushi. It consists of people eating food off someone else’s naked body. You can see similar stuff all over the West nowadays, but its origin comes from Japan.

Virginity

The issue of female virginity in Japan wasn’t that big of a deal before Western influence came along. In the old days, there were certain ceremonies for young girls looking to enter the world of adulthood. However, if a girl already lost her sanctity before marriage, it wasn’t a big problem. On the other hand, men would pay geishas to allow them to have sex with their apprentices, who were virgins.

But once American and European influence came over, Japanese people began to show similar interests in virginity. The concept of a girl being impure if she had sex before is somewhat of an import. Many manga comics and hentai videos depict young girls struggling with this issue. Nevertheless, during the Edo period, there was never that much emphasis on this subject.

Final Words

For a country struggling with birth rates like no other, Japan is interestingly enough a pretty open society in terms of sexuality. When it comes to nudity, the lack of shyness has its roots in people being subject to similar content from a young age. Fetishes are many, and some are rather disturbing for other cultures. Still, Japan is a unique nation that’s full of interesting cultural and societal concepts lots of people admire.

Why Japan Must Be on Your Travel Bucket List

Why Japan Must Be on Your Travel Bucket List

Being a travel junkie is fun. In case you are one yourself, we have just the thing for you. Japan is an incredibly popular country. Most of that popularity might come from anime nowadays, but there’s so much more to it.

This island country offers nature and scenic places as you’ve never seen. Its culture is rich, people are incredibly polite, and food is like art. What’s there not to love about it? It doesn’t matter whether you are going on a business trip or an expedition to satisfy your thirst for adventure, Japan will embrace you with both arms and show you what you’ve been missing out on all along.

There Are Tons of Scenic Places

If you travel to do some sight-seeing, then visiting Japan has to be on your travel bucket list. This incredible island country has a lot to offer.

The most popular time to visit Japan is during the cherry blossom season. However, blooming pink flowers are not the only thing that will grab your attention. There’s a lot of nature to explore, not to mention some of Japan’s famous landmarks and tourist attractions.

Japan is the type of country that fuses modern and ancient. One minute you’re walking down an urban street, just to take a turn and find yourself traveling back through time to visit a shrine. Some of the things you cannot miss on seeing are Mount Fuji, the Imperial Palace, the Island Shrine of Itsukushima, Osaka Castle, and many more.

Hop on the famous bullet train and visit Japan’s breathtaking zen gardens and temples. You’ll be able to experience the level of tranquility you’ve never known before. Don’t forget to visit the bathhouses as well. They’re definitely an experience worth writing home about. However, think about how comfortable you are with being naked around strangers before you jump into one of their hot springs.

It’s a Shopping Heaven

Being a bit of a shopaholic can sometimes be stressful. There are so many places to shop at, so how do you decide where to go? Fret not; we’ve got your back.

When traveling to Japan, there are multiple places to visit that will provide the best shopping experience. If you’re into all things luxury, the shopping area of Ginza, Tokyo, is your best bet.

However, Ginza isn’t the only place for you to shop. There are Umeda (Osaka), Shinjuku (Tokyo), Hakata (Fukuoka), and many more. But what should you buy when visiting one of these places? We suggest KitKat’s numerous flavors, sake, Japanese unique musical instruments (like shamisen), matcha, wagashi, sensu fans, Japanese cosmetics, etc.

There aren’t many things you cannot find in one of these shopping areas. Japan is also famous for its vending machines, which can offer just about anything, from toys to food and beyond.

Japanese Food

When it comes to food, Japan beats many other countries in how much effort they put into making everything look perfect. The fusion of textures and flavors will have you in love with both their traditional dishes, as well as those with a modern twist.

Dining out in Japan, however, isn’t always an easy task. Restaurants usually specialize in one or several dishes, making it hard for you to decide where you want to go. If you’re not familiar with using chopsticks, this is a great time to learn too.

Some of the traditional Japanese foods we highly recommend are sushi, miso soup, tempura, udon, onigiri, sashimi, tofu dishes, yakitori, daifuku, dango, taiyaki, etc. Don’t miss out on trying green tea or sake, either.

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Having good table manners is essential when consuming Japanese food, which looks like an art piece on your plate. Some locals will consider asking for utensils other than chopsticks rude. However, if servers notice you’re a traveler, they might ask if you want a fork or a spoon immediately.

There are several table rules you should follow. That’s why it’s important to look them all up before you travel to Japan and decide to visit a restaurant. You need to know the proper things to say before and after each meal, what to do with the plates after finishing, how to walk and sit on the tatami, etc. Don’t let that stress you out, though. Just make sure you act decently, and you’ll be alright.

Sports and Activities

You won’t lack entertainment in Japan if you’re into sports. Japan is famous for martial arts, but those aren’t the only athletic spectacles category that this country can offer. Baseball, soccer, tennis, racing, sumo, boxing, and more are some of the most popular sports in Japan. You definitely shouldn’t miss out on going to some of the matches and experiencing all of the Japanese sports.

Besides sports, there are numerous other things you can see and do that will make your stay unforgettable. If you’re a nature junkie, you’re in luck! Japan is full of seemingly untouched vistas. Not only will you hike beautiful trails, but you’ll be able to see a lot of things on your way to the final destination. You can pass preserved historical villages, different shrines, and even see animals like snow monkeys and Nara deer.

Staying in the city isn’t a problem either. You can go around different restaurants or izakayas (casual food bars), as well as soak in onsen baths, go to large shopping areas, and museums. Taking Japanese cooking classes is yet another fun thing to do during your stay while riding the bullet train is an experience too.

There are different things to be done depending on the weather as well. If you’re in luck, you’ll be able to visit Japan during the cherry blossom season. The beauty of the pink flowers is unmatched, and its popularity can vouch for that.

Amazing People and Culture

Last but definitely not least, if none of the above appeals to you, we suggest visiting Japan to experience its hospitality and culture. The Japanese are known for their welcoming nature, good manners, and politeness. This ensures excellent customer service wherever you go. You don’t even need to thank them for it because they’re just doing their jobs.

The culture and history of Japan are rich. There are a lot of things to learn about it, especially if you immerse yourself in any kind of event or ceremony. That’s why visiting during festivals or participating in traditions is a special treat for anyone.

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Some of the things you can do to participate in Japanese culture are participating in a tea ceremony, having a calligraphy lesson, wearing a kimono (or having a geisha/maiko makeover), learning origami, and so much more. The best thing you can do is try to link up with a local. They will be able to show you everything you need to know and be a part of, to have a complete experience.

There is an important rule you should know about the people of Japan. Even though they’re kind and hospitable, you should never bother a stranger without a good reason. This means you shouldn’t come up to them randomly to start a conversation, or say their dog is cute. They will likely be shocked or startled, and try to politely remove themselves from the situation.

Whatever you do, try your best to be respectful.

Conclusion

There are so many things you can do and see while traveling to Japan. International travel isn’t always easy, but rest assured that this country is incredibly safe. It has meagre crime rates, ensuring your safety wherever you go.

Japan and its people are there to offer you hospitality and entertainment like you’ve never seen before. In case you just want to relax and not worry about a thing, Japan’s nature, shrines, and temples will provide the zen experience you’re looking for.

We hope our Japan travel guide has given you an idea of what you can expect from this gorgeous country. Definitely look into visiting it at least once because it will be an experience you’ll never forget.