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13 Reasons Why I Love Japan

As a kid, I’m always been fascinated with Japan. I’ve been hearing a lot of beautiful things about this country, not just with its world class tourist attractions and technology but with their rich culture. Lately, I’ve been more eager to learn more about the country, been studying the language, reading some free materials online about the country, watching and reading a lot of anime/manga and attending Japanese events.

Despite never having been there, I’m obsessed with anything related to Japan. So, why do I love Japan? Let me share with my 13 reasons.

13 Reasons Why I Love Japan

  1. Anime/Manga

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I guess it’s pretty much obvious why this is number 1 in my list *wink. I grew up watching anime that it kind of helped shape up my childhood.

Manga by the way is an artistic genre and literary form that is remarkably popular with everyone from children to adults not just in Japan but around the world. It’s an equivalent of a Marvel comics but covers many topics as regular fiction from business stories, romance to science fiction.

Anime isΒ  a general term for any Japanese cartoon. Anime tends to draw heavily from manga, which they use vivid color and have highly stylized character designs.

  1. Cherry Blossom

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Seeing Cherry Blossom in Japan is like seeing and experiencing snow in America. You see, when I was younger, I always wanted to see snow. I live in a tropical country with only two seasons which is sunny and rainy season, so the idea of a falling snow sounds like a fairy tale to me. But when I learn how cold it is, I moved on. You could say that it was just a product of childhood fascination.

After seeing some anime and Japanese movies with scenes under a cherry blossom tree, my! I was in love. There are ofcourse some countries where you can see cherry blossom but it’s different when you’ve got to experience it in Japan.

  1. Tourist Attractions

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I love to travel. I love discovering new places and Japan is rich with amazing tourist attractions as well as their famous temples, zen garden and castles. One beautiful example why Japan is the best is the Mt. Fuji.

  1. Japanese Language

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I’ve read an article that Japanese is one of the hardest language to learn in the world, but that didn’t fazed me. As a lover of anime and manga, it’s no surprise I become interested into learning the language. Honestly, my only reason of learning the language is to be able to watch anime without reading the subtitle and to read a manga without looking for the english translated version, Β but that was before. That was before I learn more about the country and its rich culture.

I can’t see myself living for good in other country (even if how crazy Philippines could get), but if ever that happen, the only country I could think of is Japan.

  1. JPop

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In relation to anime and Japanese language, I became fascinated with Jpop or Japanese music as well. I love mostly any kind of genre in music but I have to say that Jpop is my most listened these days.

  1. The People

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People in Japan is known as kind, shy, artistic, and most especially, polite. These are exactly the reason why I wouldn’t mind leaving the Philippines and live in Japan for good, hehe. But seriously, Japan isn’t just blessed with world class tourist attractions but with equally amazing people. All in one package I would say.

  1. Japanese Food

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The first thing I wanna do when I finally able to visit Japan is to try their ramen and eat it using chopsticks. I’m not really good with chopsticks but maybe, just maybe, I could finally learn to do it in Japan hehe. It’s not just ramen but other yummy Japanese foods and desserts that you can never miss while in Japan.

  1. Japan Traditional Clothing

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Didn’t I tell you I love dressing up? Last June, I was finally able to try wearing a Japanese kimono in Kawaii Cafe, a Japanese cafe in Cebu. And my! I’m so in love that I wanna take it home. But ofcourse, I wanna try the real deal.

  1. Onsen

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Onsen are Japanese hot spring baths that are surrounded in a number of customs and traditions. Imagine spending all your free time with a good book in one of those famous Japanese hot spring?! Just pure heaven <3.

  1. Japanese Temples and Zen Gardens

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Looking at all the picture online, temples of Japan are extremely beautiful. The bells, the Zen gardens, the bamboo, and the torii gates really do instill a sense of peace and serenity. I’ll definitely create one for my future home.

  1. Technology

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Aside from Manga/Anime, another thing that always associated with Japan is their advance technology. As old as I am now, I haven’t ride a train, so imagine what would be my reaction when I’ve got to ride one and not just an ordinary train but Japan’s bullet train. Another thing I would like to try in Japan is their high-tech toilets. Imagine sitting on a warm seat, while music is playing and have a jet of water come and wash you from front or back. Now that’s pretty awesome. Only in Japan.

  1. Japanese Festivals

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I love festivals. And Japan has a lot of them, actually there are well over 100,000 festivals held each year across the country.Β  Where each of them offering an interesting view into Japanese life. You want to learn more about Japan? Attend their festival!

  1. They embrace weirdness

I love weird, and Japan wholeheartedly embraces weird. From weird clothing to weird inventions, name them all, Japan has them.

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There are even more things I love about Japan, but for now, let me share with you my thirteen reasons. If you’re someone who loves Japan too, feel free to add your own reasons in the comment section below.

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I am just a simple girl who loves to combine my two favorite things in the world - books and travel. I enjoy discovering new places, either real or fantasy, and share them through my blog. Other than that, I'm a Filipina, photo junkie, Otaku, 100% geek, a lover of all things cute, movie/tv buff, in my 20s and a proud book hoarder.

    • The cherry blossoms are so pretty.

      • Hehe, true. Perfect as a backdrop for photoshoots too πŸ™‚

    • Karen

      I wouldn’t mind seeing the Cherry Blossom trees. I suppose I could cheat (& save money lol) and see them in Washington DC when they have the festival every year.

      I’m just now dabbling in Manga and Anime

      For What It’s Worth

      • Haha, true. I wish there’s a nearer place I could see one but since there aren’t, then Japan here I go πŸ˜‰

        Ohh, I hope you’ll like them Karen πŸ™‚

    • I hope to one day go to Japan πŸ™‚

      • Same here. Hope it’ll get a little cheaper someday, so I could visit whenever I desire πŸ™‚

    • One of my best friends in college was Japanese and I came to love her country and its culture through her. I would love to some day visit her country. You gave some great reasons. That tech toilet is a hoot. πŸ™‚

      • Wow that’s great to hear Sophia Rose. I hope both of us could visit the place someday. And yep, the techy toilet sounds amazing hehe

    • I hope I could visit next year too, I’m tight financially unfortunately πŸ™ Thanks Geybie. I’m sure I’ll be writing more about Japan in the coming days hehe

    • Wonderful post, and very insightful! I’ve never been interested in visiting Japan until very recently (thanks to my love for manga/anime), so I hope this trip is in my future!
      I didn’t know about the difference in the language, but I recognise the first two as they appeared in the anime I used to watch when I was little.

      • Hehe, it all started with manga/anime I guess. For the language, Japan has three characters (English equivalent alphabet), the Hiragana (used for local words), the katakana (used for English or foreign translated words/terms) and the kanji (which come from China).

    • I’m right there with you! My sister is basically a Japanese girl without being born one, lol She visited Japan this past Spring and she is about to get a diploma at the Japanese Institute in Rome (our hometown). I initiated it all, though, with Anime mostly and guess what? I regret nothing! ;P
      Awesome post! <3

      • Oh, wow. I’m jealous. I really want to enroll to a Japanese language class but I’m out of budget so for now I’m settling for video tutorials in YouTube hehe.

    • I’ve always wanted to go. I love their ancient culture too, like samurais. But I agree with each thing on your list. πŸ™‚

      • Yeah, and the ninjas too hehe

    • Such beautiful photos. I’d love to see the cherry blossoms. Gorgeous!

      • Yes, Japan indeed is one beautiful country πŸ™‚