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Posted 6/28/08
I didn't see any other good place to put stuff like this...so I created this topic for random information about Japanese culture.

For a while when I visited Japanese websites, I'd see pictures like the following:



I didn't know what they were, and I've been looking everywhere to try to find out. I just did. They're called "QR codes". They are for Japanese cell phones, so that you can read a web address into your cell phone without having to type it on the keypad. More info. can be found at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_Code

There is also a really neat Firefox browser extension called "Mobile Barcoder" that creates QR codes for cell phones and can be found here:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2780
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Nico Nico Douga (http://www.nicovideo.jp/) is a popular video-sharing website in Japan. In addition to uploading and viewing videos, the site has a lot of other features that make it different from other video sites like YouTube. While watching a video, you can see other users' comments scroll across the screen. Anyone can place tags on videos, and most videos are in high quality. The site tailors to otaku tastes, and most videos are about anime, computer games, and pop music. More info. on Nico Nico Douga can be found at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niconico

There are also some good guides on the internet for people who can't read Japanese and want to register on the site. Here are some of the best I've found:

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?p=8551398
http://moemania.org/uncategorized/how-to-register-a-user-on-nicovideojp/
http://thenextweb.org/2008/01/15/how-to-register-for-japanese-video-site-nico-nico-douga/

Also, here's a good site for downloading videos from Nico Nico Douga:

http://toshichan.selfip.org/
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"Oricon" is the name of the Japanese company, formerly "Original Confidence", that supplies statistics and information on music and the music industry in Japan. More info. on this company can be found at the Wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oricon. The official Oricon website is http://www.oricon.co.jp It's a really fun site (but Japanese, so you'll need a webpage translator like the Google toolbar if you want to try to read the info and you can't read it on your own).

The English version of the Oricon Weekly Top Singles list can be found at:

http://www.oricon.co.jp/rank/es/w/

Another good site for the Oricon Weekly lists in English and Japanese music in general is:

http://wiki.theppn.org/
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Really random segments about Japanese culture...fun to watch:

http://www.g4tv.com/attackoftheshow/whatsupwithjapan/index.html
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For those looking for Japanese-style wallpaper and icons, a really neat set based on Japanese hot springs can be found at:

http://hybridworks.deviantart.com/ (check out the gallery for all)

More of Masaki Hoshino's wallpapers and icons (including a set based on the Japanese tea ceremony) can be found at his amazing site at:

http://www.hybridworks.jp/

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EYES ON JAPAN: Life, Festivals and Food

Learn more about Japanese life, festivals, and food at http://hinamatsuri.wordpress.com/
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for more niconico ^_^---

http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm2133471 ---- popular kirby falcon punch mix, though you can only see their vids
if you have an account.

HOW TO GET NICONICO ACCOUNT IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND JAPANESE!!

go to this link. http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?p=8551398

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TokyoJosh is currently studying in Japan and has a large number of videos of his experiences there in his YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/tokyojosh

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PINKY is a Japanese fashion-oriented magazine from Shueisha Publishing. It started in 2004 and its target readers are college girls, 20-somethings, and women in their early 30s.

http://www.s-woman.net/pinky/
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Para Para (Japanese: パラパラ; also "Para-Para" or "ParaPara") is a popular Japanese solo dance. Unlike most club dancing and rave dancing, there are specific, preset movements for each song, and everyone does the same moves at once, much like line dancing. Para Para is said to have existed since the early 80's, when Europe started selling Italo Disco, Euro Disco, and later New Wave music in Japan (New Wave came about in the mid-80's), but did not achieve much popularity outside of Japan until the late 90's, when the popularity boom of para para took place. Today, it is known throughout the world, especially the Pacific Rim.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Para_para


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Bentō (弁当 or べんとう, Bentō?) is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat, and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables as a side dish. Containers range from disposable mass produced to hand crafted lacquerware. Although bento are easily available in many places throughout Japan, including convenience stores, bento shops (弁当屋, bentō-ya?), train stations, and department stores, it is still common for Japanese homemakers to spend considerable time and energy producing an appealing boxed lunch.

Bento can be very elaborately arranged. Contests are often held where homemakers can compete for the most aesthetically pleasing arrangements. The food is often decorated to look like people, animals, or characters and items such as flowers and plants. This style of elaborate bento is called kyaraben.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bento

Check out KandiKawaii's different bento arrangements @ http://kandikawaii.deviantart.com/gallery/
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Japanese Sound Effects and what they mean
(good for reading manga - the only ones I recognized were chu(kiss) and giiee(evil leer))


http://www.oop-ack.com/manga/soundfx.html
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Searching Japan
Looking for something Japanese, such as a J-pop band website, and can't find it by googling or looking on Wikipedia? Try searching the Japanese internet. It's easy to do. Instead of going to google.com, enter the following url and type your search (such as a band name):

http://www.google.co.jp/

To search the Japanese Wikipedia, go here:

http://ja.wikipedia.org/

Even without a web page translator, most link locations (such as to official websites) are in English when viewed.
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