Phallus Festival in Japan

Every year the traditional Japanese festival Kanamara Matsuri is held each first Sunday of April at Kanayama Shrine in Kawasaki, Japan. The giant penis, central theme of the event, is carried around in the city during the procession to reflect the belief in protection and luck in business, sexual health, baby delivery and marital harmony. The festival is a interesting example

Book review – The New Paradox for Japanese Women: Greater Choice, Greater Inequality by Toshiaki Tachibanaki (橘木 俊詔)

Recently I have come across a very interesting analysis of modern Japanese women and their dilemmas related to the society, family and gender roles presented in a book published in 2010: The New Paradox for Japanese Women: Greater Choice, Greater Inequality, authored by Toshiaki Tachibanaki (橘木 俊詔). The Japanese edition was published in 2008 as 女女格差 (Jojo kakusa). I highly recommend reading the

Does Japan need more research on the international marriages (Kokusai kekkon) and migration trends?

Japan, similar to the rest of the world, faces the complex process of rapid and profound demographic and socio-economic changes (Matsumoto, 2002; Kingston, 2004; Roach, 2009), challenging the established and time-honored attitudes and perceptions of social and intimate relationships, public and private spheres, as well as social support networks (Quah, 2008). Japan, along with other Asian countries is undergoing such

The anatomy of dependence by Takeo Doi – Japanese Psychology and Japanese Mind

The Anatomy of Dependence (甘えの構造 Amae no kōzō) is one of the most important contributions to the science of Japanese mind and how Japanese define the social interactions. The book written by Japanese psychoanalyst Takeo Doi,  describes his insight into the concept of Amae (甘え), which he describes as a uniquely Japanese word both on linguistic and behavioral level, penetrating every aspect