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Japan (Japanese: 日本 Nippon [ɲippoɴ] or Nihon [ɲihoɴ]; formally '' or Nihon-koku'', meaning "State of Japan") is a sovereign island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies off the eastern coast of the Asian mainland and stretches from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and China in the southwest.

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Escalator incidents totaling close to 4,000 in Japan. Startling number. Shocking that new rules had to be put in place.

Contributed by Taylor Taglianetti

The American startup company MegaBot is going up against Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry in a "mecha" robot fight. This seems like something pulled directly out of an anime. Suidobashi's CEO Kogoro Kurata even said, "We can't let another country win this. Giant robots are Japanese culture." Whatever happens, I really hope to see this duel play out.

Contributed by Lucy Zhang

What Language says about culture

Japanese has a lot of formalities: there are different ways to address boys, girls, men, women, friends, bosses, teachers, strangers, etc. Typically, a name is followed by a "-san" (so Lucy-san) if the two people are not too familiar with each other and want to be formal. There are also many was of saying "I" and "you", depending on formality, gender, interpersonal relationship, etc. For example, only boys say "ore" to say "I". But in the U.S., there's only one way of saying I and you. It's makes sense considering that a central idea of American culture is that everyone is equal. Meanwhile Japan began as a feudal society. Either way, it's fascinating how language nuances reflect the way a society and culture are structured.

Contributed by Lucy Zhang

An Interview with Naho about high school life in Japan

I had the opportunity of interviewing a current high school senior in Japan, Naho Okada. She just finished her testing for college and found time to answer some of my questions. She is currently attending Tokyo University now.

Contributed by Lucy Zhang

Water Fountain

This water fountain in Osaka City is no ordinary water fountain. This fountain can spout water in various patterns, and sprays the time and different words and other designs!

Contributed by Katie Otradovec

Okinawa is Beach Ready!

New sand and hot hot weather! I think Okinawa is Beach ready! Photo taken by yours truly, Samantha Williams :)

Contributed by Samantha Williams

I want to go!

This mountain is amazing!

Contributed by Adam Trujillo

Just a catchy song I like. And they are so cute!

Contributed by Dominique Schultz

Mount Fuji

The tallest mountain in Japan, Mount Fuji stands tall at 12,389 ft, about 42% of the height of Mount Everest. Definitely a beautiful must-see if one visits Japan.

Contributed by Kaiwen Zhou

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