​P.A.L. Magazine

We write about Japanese Culture and the way of thinking about news in Asia.

All materials in P.A.L. Magazine is written by members of this project.

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April 3, 2018

In February, I studied English in Ireland for one month. It was my first time to go abroad alone and be away from home for such a long time. I was nervous before I arrived in Ireland but I had a very good time. 

There were many differences from Japan. For example, trains are the main means of transportation in Japan, but that is bus in Ireland. Unlike Japan, there were many donut shops there and almost all the cafe had hot cho...

March 17, 2018

Today I would like to introduce briefly the most famous Japanese food culture, SUSHI.

If you are interested in SUSHI or have the chance to come to Japan, please read my article so you can be a SUSHI master!

【what is sushi?】

SUSHI was originally a preserved food in the old times.

Before the invention of refrigerator, people used to pickle fish for preservation. In the Edo period, people started to eat fresh fish and shellfish. Peop...

March 9, 2018

 There are many sweets that look cute and delicious in Japan. And it is fashionable to post them on Instagram. Therefore, I analyzed what kinds of sweets are popular on Instagram, in Japan.

 First, I will introduce a Japanese summer dessert, "kakigori". "Kakigori" is Japanese shaved ice, served with various syrups and sometimes with assorted toppings. 

 As shown in the photo above, the syrup overflowing over the crushed ice...

March 3, 2018

On February the 14th, we have Valentine’s Day all over the world. In most of the countries, men gives presents to whom they love. In Japan, however, it is the women who gives gifts to men and this gift is usually chocolates. We have two types of chocolates. One is “giri-chocolate” and the other is “honmei-chocolate”. Giri-chocolate is for your friends, your colleagues, your close male friends, someone you feel thankful to and...

February 19, 2018

The second Monday in January marks Japan's official Coming of Age Day. Men and women who have turned 20 the year prior are celebrated annually. The ceremonies were hosted by local government offices recognizing the celebrants as official adults. Thus, they can meet a lot of friends from elementary school. After the ceremony, they have a party at night with friends from junior high school or high school.

On Coming of Age Day, wo...

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