Whenever I think of the way Japanese people are, a lot of positive stereotypes pop in my mind immediately: how conscientious, reliable and precise they are…but then I remember that most of the time they are represented as workaholics.  I recall childhood memories of films and books about relentless Japanese bosses and and students getting lost in a sea of homework and assignments. I used to feel sorry for them: how can they work so much? Do they ever find the time to relax? And how do they do that? With a little research I found out about the most popular forms of entertainment in Japan. Here are some of the most interesting ones!

Karaoke

Karaoke, now a worldwide form of fun, originates from Japan. The word itself is made of kara (empty) and okesotura (the Japanese version of orchestra). Songs played at karaoke bars only have the melody and rhythm-whoever wants to sing is most welcome to do so. The more the merrier, karaoke is the funniest if a lot of people sing together, preferably loud and out of tune as well!

 

Matsuri

Matsuri stands for festival and is rooted in the religious culture of Japan. You can find loads and loads of different matsuris depending on which region and what time of year you are visiting Japan. These festivals are usually organized around religious holidays and have some things in common: if you have the chance to take part in them you will most probably hear the sound of the taiko, or the Japanese drum, and partake in a procession where the local shrine’s deity (kami) is carried around. Should you feel a bit hungry, you can munch on some dango, traditional dumplings with different flavours served on skewers.

 

Pachinko-the pinball game of Japan

Pachinko, a very simple pinball-like game is amongst the most popular forms of entertainment in Japan. The purpose of the game is to collect as many of the small balls as you can, using flipper-like machines (the older ones used to work mechanically, modern pachinko machines are digital). At the end of the game, balls are carefully counted and can be exchanged for gifts: cleaning products, pens or CDs, mostly practical things, but-beware!-never for money, because gambling is illegal in Japan. Still, if you want to get rid of your unwanted gifts, you can do that in the pachinko parlour in a room designated for selling prizes.

 

As we can see, the Japanese do like to have fun but what is more important: they like to spend quality time with those who are close to them. And that’s what brings us, Hungarians, closer to their culture, too!

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