In modern times, there are 4 ways to write/say family names in Japanese:
But why are there so many and what are the differences? In order to get the answer, you simply … [Read more...]
Can someone tell me what year it is? 2014? Wait. What system are you using? It's obviously Heisei 26 right now, the 26th year of the current emperor's reign. Sure, you could use the Gregorian calendar, but that's not the … [Read more...]
The Japanese imperial family is the oldest monarchy in the entire world, so it obviously has quite a bit of history and some secrets to boot.
One of the most interesting things about the Imperial Family to me is its … [Read more...]
Japan's Emperor Akihito is the man. Not only because he and the Empress look like the most friendly, adorable old people to ever walk the planet, but also because he's a bit of a trailblazer.
You might not believe it … [Read more...]