Kizuna Japanese subscription box

Kizuna Japanese subscription box This is a promotional post. We were offered the opportunity to try a new subscription box from Kizuna Box from Japan. Of course we jumped at the chance. We were given the option of two different boxes, Read more

Sakura Matsuri Stockholm 2017

Sakura Matsuri Stockholm – Cherry Blossom Festival On April 22nd was the annual cherry blossom hanami festival in Stockholm (“Körsbärsblommans Dag”), Sweden. It's an event organized by the Japanese Association, and we were very happy to see that they - once Read more

Top Japanese places to visit in London

Top Japanese places to visit in London In this post we have collected our top Japanese places to visit in London. The city has so many places that are connected to Japan in one way or another. In our top Read more

Best art, crafts and stationery shops in Tokyo

Best art, crafts and stationery shops in Tokyo As a person who love all things art and crafts I've hunted down the best shops that I could find during my travels in Tokyo. Here's a guide to my personal favourites. Read more

Japan Candy Box review + giveaway

Japan Candy Box This is a promotional post. The Japan Candy Box was kindly sent to us to try and review for Why So Japan. We've been wanting to try a Japanese themed box for a long time now and thanks Read more

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New Video Section Added To Site

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Video Section

Today we have added a new video section to the site. We love videos, sometimes just text and pictures are not enough, a video can show so much more. We have been using YouTube for years now to host our videos, so it seems like a nice way to present all our videos within our site and showing all our videos that have something to do with Japan in one way or another.

Some of the videos can be very random, like a person dressed as a panda advertising on the street, while some videos are connected to a post on the site. Some are just things we had to share.

Please try out our new video library by clicking the videos button in the left hand side menu box, or by clicking here: Video Library





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Maru – the famous cat from Japan

World famous Japanese cat Maru

The cats have taken over the internet with their cuteness and one of the most popular cats is, of course, from the land of kawaii – Japan. Meet Maru, a male Scottish Fold, who has charmed the world with his cute looks and adorabe personality.

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Photo from Maru’s blog: http://sisinmaru.blog17.fc2.com

Maru on YouTube

Maru’s owner has a blog and a YouTube account where she posts photos and videos regularly.

Maru likes to lazy around, jump into boxes, and be generally mischievous. The videos are with sound, but you never hear any humans speak and you never see the owner. The feeling of the videos are very Japanese, clean and simple, and the title cards are in both Japanese and English.

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Photo from Maru’s blog: http://sisinmaru.blog17.fc2.com

Book: “I am Maru”

The YouTube videos are very popular. Every time a new video is being uploaded millions of people watch it. Maru is so popular that he’s even got his own book out, titled “I am Maru”.

Get the book here: I am Maru at Amazon

Maru facts

The name Maru means “round shape” and it fits him very well. His charming features are described as “round face and white socks”. His favourite hobby is “trouble making” and his special skill is “sliding into any open box”.

Official YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/mugumogu

Official blog: http://sisinmaru.blog17.fc2.com





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Japan and its characters

Characters in Japan why so japan

Before when I knew very little of Japan and its character culture, the only character I had really evey heard of and seen was the very well known Hello Kitty. It’s hard not to have missed Hello Kitty it since she’s on anything you can turn pink and put a cat on. You name it  – from cans of fizzy drinks to clothes and even hotel rooms that are coved in the lovable kitty one might say.

After seeing videos on YouTube of some other character that also came from Japan it started to become more fun. Hello Kitty seems so boring to me now because she can be seen and brought all over the world.

But there are certain character that are very popular in Japan to those in the know that I had no idea about. Every character seems to have a world built around it, where almost every week there a new product is coming out in Japan with a character either on it or a character promoting a product for another company.

You end up becoming a bit obsessed with them. One week you buy a drink just because you favorite character is on the can. Even if you don’t like the drink you like the character so you just have to have it. I’m very much the same when I’m in Japan. I will buy almost everything with my favorite character on.

Over the next months I will post all about the characters I know and love from Japan.

What Japanese characters do you like? Please share in the comments!





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