Writer: Elena Perez

Originally from Barcelona, Spain, Elena arrive to Japan for the first time in 2006. Interested in the culture, music and exotic fragrance that Japan emanated. In love with the culture and language, she came back in 2009 as part of an exchange program to complete her studies in East Asian Studies degree (Specialist in Japan). Again in 2013, she came back to improve her Japanese language skills and started working in Japan until now.

With a degree in Translation and Interpreting as well as East Asian Studies graduated, love for foreign languages, cultures and countries has become a part of her professional specialization and a way for living. After working in Glasgow (UK) and Barcelona (Spain), currently she works in Tokyo (Japan). She divides her time between working, writing and trying to improve her Japanese skills level as well as her knowledge about Japanese culture and society.

Japan has so many singularities. It has common links with other countries, as well as unique peculiarities that make it different from the rest of the globe. Deeply interested in Japanese history and culture, bumping into another piece of history while walking around the town is one of her passions.

Mandarake: Treasure Island Paradise

まんだらけ(Mandarake) is a chain of franchises and shops, as well as the largest vendor of used goods, specially manga and anime-related products, in Japan. Founded in 1980 and currently with more than 168 employees, this company, with its headquarters in Tokyo has different types of shops and stores.

Hinamatsuri: Girls' Day

One of the most colourful and special traditions of Japan takes place on March 3rd, and it is known as the Dolls' Day, Girls' Day or Hinamatsuri (雛祭り). A day to celebrate and think about happiness and good health, as praying for a good future, of all young girls in Japanese families.

Setsubun: The Demons' Festival

With the arrival of the New Year, it is also the time for new purposes and wishes, as well as for objectives and goals for the New Year to be settled and start the way to accomplish them. In Japan, it is also one of the moments to call for the luck and shoo away the bad things, evils and sad feelings. That is mainly the spirit of the Setsubun Festival.

Star Wars Awakening: Japanese Unique Style

The force is awakening in a few days and with it a whole new saga of one of the most famous cinema stories: Star Wars. Star Wars new saga “The Force Awakens” is about to start (December 18th) and with it Japan gets ready for a stunning welcoming atmosphere as a spectacular finishing touch to the end of the year.

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