Picture Postcards: Japanese writing on Polish food

Polish sausage Japan
Today’s writing sample from around the world was spotted in the supermarket in Japan. Being of Polish origin myself, I did a doubletake when I saw this Polish sausage in the shop.

Moving in Gifts in Japan
A Polish Man in Costa Rica
Street Scene Tokyo, Japan

October 28, 2013 2 comments

From our contributors: week of June 17, 2013

PocketCultures brings you some reading material written by our own contributors on their personal blogs. Happy reading!

Mike, our contributor from Japan, published a photo taken at the house of a priestess in Itoman Okinawa

Ski, our contributor from Hong Kong, wrote a post about the medicinal uses of snakes in Chinese medicine.

One of the earliest recorded use of snakes in Chinese medicine was the application of sloughed snake skin, described in the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing (ca. 100 A.D.)? It was applied in the treatment of superficial diseases, including skin eruptions and eye infections or opacities.

Marie, our contributing editor from New Zealand, wrote about her feelings towards Asia in Coming of Age in Asia

When I first got to Asia I felt like I’d come home. For someone who doesn’t have a home town, that means a lot. I remember falling asleep in my tiny Hong Kong guesthouse with the TV on. I couldn’t turn it off because it was the familiarity of the Cantonese speaking that was lulling me to sleep. Asia was letting me know that I’d arrived where I was meant to. That I had some connection or reason for landing on this continent. Had I been here in another life? Why was it so familiar?

Anu, our contributor from India, describes her visit to a forest shrine in Wayanad.

A stone idol of Ganesha, with a small stone container (probably a lamp), with a feather lying by the side – doesn’t it look like the feather might be a quill, and the container might hold ink, ready for the Lord to pick it up and write? As the one who penned down the Mahabharata as Vyasa dictated it, the sight was appropriate, don’t you think?

Celia, our contributor from Kazakhstan, writes about natural disasters and earthquakes in that Central Asian country.

If you’re read­ing this and haven’t been to Kaza­khstan, I’m not sure what image you have of the peo­ple here. But I find my col­leagues and friends very thought­ful, and sev­eral peo­ple have asked me recently how things are in Okla­homa, as well as how the krizis (world­wide eco­nomic lag of the past few years) is affect­ing peo­ple at home.


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From our contributors: week of May 20, 2013

Have a look at what some of our contributors have published on their blogs:

The Lighter, Astana. Photo credit: Celia

Mike, our contributor from Japan, published  a post titled One of the 170 Species Called Jatropha Plants is on Okinawa (Photos)

“It’s always a pleasure to give readers some interesting facts about plants and flowers. So, I go to great lengths researching any new ones I capture with the camera. Here are a few photos of Jatropha hastata found in the 21 Century Forest Park.That’s in Nago City, Okinawa, Japan and the plants were photographed Mar 11, 2013.” (more…)
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Picture Postcards: Historical temple in Japan

Asakusa temple crowd

Sensō-ji is a large, Buddhist temple in Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan. This photo was taken during a busy matsuri, a festival.

Read more:
Street Scene Tokyo, Japan
Moving in Gift, Japan
Ancestor Worship in Okinawa, Japan

April 15, 2013 Comments disabled

Picture Postcards: Street scene in Tokyo, Japan

Getting off the train for work in Tokyo

Students exit the train platform on their way in to the university

See more street scenes:
Shimla, India
Montmartre, France
Ulgii, Mongolia

March 10, 2013 Comments disabled

Moving-in Gift Giving in Japan

Some Places Around the World Welcome a New Neighbor with a Gift

Things are a bit different in Japan.  There is no welcome wagon or welcoming committee to greet the newcomer. When you first move into a house or apartment, you should bring gifts to your surrounding neighbors.

This is a way to introduce yourself, make friends and let them know a little bit about yourself.  It need not break your bank account. Small kitchen towels or tins of cookies, gift wrapped, are available in most department stores.

An expensive item, as an introductory gift, would be overkill.  It may make your neighbors feel indebted to you. (more…)

March 6, 2013 2 comments