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What picture would you draw in the Japan's new era

It has been two weeks since we started the new era in Japan, "Reiwa". Changing the era name means that we have a new emperor. Normally, it is just after the previous emperor passes away, so starting a new era includes people's grief. I remember last time they changed the era name from "Showa" to "Heisei" in 1989, there was a nationwide sadness of lost their emperor.

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Why did I start writing on "Medium"

A couple of months ago, I started writing in English which is my second language. I posted some blog articles on this platform "Blogger" which is one of my favourite blogging services. But I started writing on "Medium" two weeks ago.

Now I just want to write down why I started writing there, not here, and also where I am going to write in the future.

What does "Kawaii" mean? Why do people love "Kawaii" things?

"Kawaii" is one of the most commonly used Japanese words. When you hear conversations of Japanese people, you must spot it more than once.

"Kawaii" originally means "cute", supposed to be used when they are describing something small or little, such as a baby, a small animal, etc. However, it is more than that now.

Japanese Drinking Culture (1) In a Train

Since I started traveling to some countries, I realized that drinking habit is different from country to country, from people to people.

Is it easy to be a politician in Japan?

In Japan, there is a nation-wide local government election going on right now. Because of the population decline in towns and villages, it doesn't seem to be difficult for Japanese people to become politicians there.

Why do the Japanese say "Sorry" so often?

I read a blog article of a Japanese lady who lives in Vancouver. She said that she often says "sorry" when it is not really necessary.  I totally understood what she is saying because I also say "sorry" so often.

Japanese recipe and Western recipe

I like cooking. It is easy to find a good recipe if you search on the internet. I also use the internet to get a new recipe, but some of the recipes written in English make me laugh.

Are the Japanese special in Asia?

Last night, my boyfriend and I watched a film, called "Transsiberian ", which is an American film released in 2008. An American couple met a Spanish couple in a train from Beijing to Moscow, and the American wife found that the Spanish guy was a carrier of illegal drugs….

Do you have to rinse Japanese rice 7 times?

I have some friends who are interested in Japanese food. When I was invited by one of them, he asked me, "You have to wash Japanese rice 7 times, am I right?" I couldn't answer immediately, because I have never counted how many times I wash it.

Why do Japanese people say, "I can't speak English," even when they can understand basic English?

When I used to recruit people in Hong Kong, I always used to ask them if they could speak English, in Cantonese. 40% of them, who said "Yes, I do", actually couldn't communicate very well, after I switched into English from Cantonese in the interviews.

Japan's New Era - 'Reiwa'. ..Do we really need it?

The Japanese government has revealed the new imperial era "Reiwa", will begin on 1 May 2019. The BBC wrote that it means ‘order and harmony', but the Japanese Foreign Ministry announced that it should be ‘Beautiful Harmony'.

Do the Japanese like eating meat?

They say Chinese people eat everything with four legs but tables, and everything with two legs but airplanes. This is not a case in Japan.

Are things Expensive in Japan?

At the end of the 1980s, the growth of the Japanese economy reached its peak. Executive golf courses, luxury brand shops, resort hotels were always fully booked. The taxis didn't stop unless you showed a wad of 10,000 yen notes and waved it to the drivers. However, the bubble economy collapsed. If you think things are expensive in Japan, it's a hallucination of that period.

Slave labour in Japanese hospitals

One of my Japanese friends, whom I met in Canada, was a bit upset with her doctor. She went to see him and was diagnosed a cold. The doctor said that she needed to take a rest at home and she left the clinic. She was not happy, because her doctor didn't give her any medicines at all. She said that it would've never happened in Japan.

Who are the most British-like people in Japan?

Have you ever found that it is not straightforward to understand what Japanese people really are saying? It sometimes is true what Japanese people say is not what they exactly mean.