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  4. Concert review: Sokoninaru
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  7. Band: Madman’s Esprit
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  10. Group: WayV
  11. Korean Street Food
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  13. We would like to wish you very happy Holidays!
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  38. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
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  43. Book: The White Book
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  46. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
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  55. Food: Ramen
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  66. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  67. 10 Korean Proverbs
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  69. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
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  80. CinemAsia Amsterdam
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  83. Artist: BABYMETAL
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  88. Boygroup: Day6
  89. Drama Review: Last Friend
  90. Valentine’s day in China
  91. 12 Days of Love in Korea
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  93. Valentine’s day in Japan
  94. Terracotta Army
  95. Beauty in Korea
  96. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  97. Chinese New Year
  98. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
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  100. Cat Cafe
  101. Religion in China
  102. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  103. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  104. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  105. Review: Kaomoji
  106. Chopsticks
  107. Drama Review: Save Me
  108. LGBT in Japan
  109. Artist: Zhao Lei
  110. The power of BB Cream
  111. Band: ONE OK ROCK
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  113. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  114. Review: Kirin Ichiban
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  116. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  117. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  118. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
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  120. LGTB in South Korea
  121. Japanese street food
  122. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  123. Mumun Pottery
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  127. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  128. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
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  137. Halloween in Korea
  138. Social Media in China? No!
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  140. Camera Japan Festival
  141. Movie Review: Noise
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  143. Konpeitō
  144. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  145. Chinese Street Food
  146. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  147. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
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  149. Boyband: NEWS
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  1. Shaolin Kung Fu
  2. Mito’s plum blossom festival
  3. Album Review: HIGHER BROTHERS – Five Stars
  4. Concert review: Sokoninaru
  5. ARTIST: EPIK HIGH (에픽하이)
  6. Game review: Super Smash Bros Ultimate
  7. Band: Madman’s Esprit
  8. Review: HuoGuo Mao CAI
  9. Band: Sokoninaru
  10. Group: WayV
  11. Korean Street Food
  12. Restaurant: M Noodle Bar
  13. We would like to wish you very happy Holidays!
  14. Restaurant: Ramen Brothers
  15. Interview: G.L.A.M.S
  16. Social Media: TikTok
  17. Concert review: GLAMS at Dolhuis Dordrecht
  18. Concert review: LOVEBITES at Patronaat
  19. Busan: A City Which Offers Everything From Beaches To Temples
  20. Empress Wu
  21. Game review: Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n’ Fun!
  22. Review: Hallyucon
  23. Concert review: Crossfaith at Patronaat
  24. Concert Review: BTS at Amsterdam Ziggodome
  25. Interview: LOVEBITES
  26. Changgyeonggung: A Story Of Overcoming Disaster
  27. Band: TwinkleStar- 闪星乐队
  28. Review: AVO J-music Festival 2018
  29. Korean Skincare; The Way To Amazing Skin?
  30. Drama: Meteor Garden
  31. Concert review: Kamijo in Amsterdam
  32. Concert Review: Music Bank in Berlin
  33. HipHop: Higher Brothers
  34. Album: Ex_Machina – CROSSFAITH
  35. Moon festival
  36. Band: LOVEBITES
  37. Chinese Traditional clothing
  38. Double Concertreview: NECRONOMIDOL
  39. Restaurant: Kimchi House – Den Haag with +20 years KPOP fans
  40. Review: Wish
  41. Toreba: a new way to play crane games!
  42. The city of sea and sake: Niigata
  43. Book: The White Book
  44. Restaurant Review: Daikan – Izakaya Bar
  45. Artist: Busters (버스터즈)
  46. Restaurant: Mr Chow – Schiedam x2
  47. Cheki: the addiction in Japan
  48. CASS Strictly Kpop #8
  49. Artist: Hanggai
  50. Crossfaith in Amsterdam
  51. The Nation´s MC: Yoo Jae Suk
  52. Produce 101 China
  53. Crossfaith (interview)
  54. Special: BTS ARMY (interview)
  55. Food: Ramen
  56. Artist: Jackson Wang
  57. Special: BTSXARMY
  58. SPECIAL: BTS
  59. Movie: The Stand in Thief
  60. Shanghai Natural History Museum
  61. 10 years of SHINee
  62. Drama review: Erased
  63. Movie: Once Upon a Time
  64. Review: Doshirakfever Subscriptionbox
  65. Artist: Miyavi
  66. Hotel: EA Springs Nanjing
  67. 10 Korean Proverbs
  68. What you need to know about Ni no Kuni 2
  69. Restaurant: Kommune Shanghai
  70. Quality K-indie rock music: Say Sue Me
  71. Restaurant: Takumi revisited
  72. Taikang Lu – Tianzifang
  73. Movie Review: Hide and Never Seek
  74. TV: Terrace House Series: Opening new doors
  75. Restaurant Review: Oriental Express
  76. Restaurant Review: Kimchi Boulevard
  77. Religion in Japan
  78. C-Pop
  79. Documentary review: Ramen Heads – ラーメンヘッズ
  80. CinemAsia Amsterdam
  81. Movie review: Last Child – 살아남은 아이
  82. Boygroup: GOT7
  83. Artist: BABYMETAL
  84. Online shopping in China
  85. Restaurant Review: Seoul Sista
  86. Review: Doki Doki Japan Crate
  87. Jinjiang actionpark Shanghai
  88. Boygroup: Day6
  89. Drama Review: Last Friend
  90. Valentine’s day in China
  91. 12 Days of Love in Korea
  92. Valentine’s day in Korea
  93. Valentine’s day in Japan
  94. Terracotta Army
  95. Beauty in Korea
  96. Review: Sapporo – Japan’s oldest beer brand
  97. Chinese New Year
  98. UPDATED Artist: HOLLAND
  99. Review: Snackfever subscription
  100. Cat Cafe
  101. Religion in China
  102. Movie Review: A Werewolf Boy
  103. Review: Asahi Dry Beer
  104. ONE OK ROCK in Amsterdam
  105. Review: Kaomoji
  106. Chopsticks
  107. Drama Review: Save Me
  108. LGBT in Japan
  109. Artist: Zhao Lei
  110. The power of BB Cream
  111. Band: ONE OK ROCK
  112. LGBT in China
  113. Drama Review: The Sound Of Your Heart
  114. Review: Kirin Ichiban
  115. Rental bikes
  116. Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
  117. Movie Review: Before We Vanish
  118. Neko Neko Nii Maid Café: Halloween Pop up event
  119. The Three Sovereigns
  120. LGTB in South Korea
  121. Japanese street food
  122. Shanghai Disney Resort (Halloween)
  123. Mumun Pottery
  124. Boygroup: SF9
  125. Shanghai Comic convention 2017
  126. Izanagi & Izanami
  127. 8 Creepy Chinese Legends
  128. F.T.Island Live [X] Concert in Amsterdam
  129. Movie Review: Alice: Boy From Wonderland
  130. Movie Review: Ichi the Killer
  131. Movie Review: The Precipice Game
  132. 10 Creepy Korean Legends
  133. Movie Review: The house of the disappeared
  134. Halloween in Japan
  135. 10 Creepy Japanese Legends
  136. Halloween in China
  137. Halloween in Korea
  138. Social Media in China? No!
  139. G-Dragon’s World tour Act lll Motte Concert in Amsterdam
  140. Camera Japan Festival
  141. Movie Review: Noise
  142. Heungbu and Nolbu
  143. Konpeitō
  144. Yellow River Valley Civilization
  145. Chinese Street Food
  146. Restaurant Review: Takumi Dusseldorf – Rotterdam
  147. Restaurant review: Set Noodle & Hotpot – Maid cafe edition
  148. Jeulmun Pottery
  149. Boyband: NEWS
  150. Recipe: Sesame Cold noodles
  151. Wild KARD World Tour Lisbon
  152. Recipe: Noodles with a twist
  153. Movie Review: 10 Promises to my dog
  154. Review: Hite
  155. The Rising Sun Flag
  156. Movie Review: Ode to my father
  157. Drama review: Hwarang
  158. Why Koreans “hate” Japanese..
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In Japan the most practiced religions are Shinto and Buddhism but it wasn’t always this way. There have been a lot of problems involving religion until a certain time in Japan when they had “Freedom of Religion” written in their constitution, just like it’s in China.
The earliest records of the Shinto religion were found written in historical records of the 8th century. though these records don’t describe Shinto as a unified religion but a collection of native beliefs and mythology. Practicers show their belief in traditional rituals and dressing in clothes from the Nara and the Heian period. These days the religion is practiced in Shinto Shrines by worshipping multiple gods and having festivals in honor of them. One of these festivals is the Harvest Festival.

Shinto is Japan’s original religion. It’s focussed on action centred rituals that have to be performed with diligence, this way they can combine present and ancient Japan.
Shinto means “Way of the Gods”, but Kami (God in Japanese) is not seen as one single thing, Kami is multiple divinity or sacred essence. Kami is found in nature (trees, rocks, plants, water) but also in places, in the animal kingdom and in man. Kami and people exist within the same world and share its interrelated complexity.

Kami, itself is unlike in other religions, not perfect. Kami makes mistakes like humans do. This means they exist in the same realm as man but are a higher power.

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Even within Shinto there are multiple different scholars as to what one beliefs.

    • Shrine Shinto (神社神道, Jinja-Shintō), the main tradition of Shinto, has always been a part of Japan’s history. It consists of taking part in worship practices and events at local shrines. Before the Meiji Restoration, shrines were disorganized institutions usually attached to Buddhist temples; in the Meiji Restoration, they were made independent systematized institutions. The current successor to the imperial organization system, the Association of Shinto Shrines, oversees about 80,000 shrines nationwide.
    • Imperial Household Shinto (皇室神道, Kōshitsu-Shintō) are the religious rites performed exclusively by the imperial family at the three shrines on the imperial grounds, including the Ancestral Spirits Sanctuary (Kōrei-den) and the Sanctuary of the Kami (Shin-den).
    • Folk Shinto (民俗神道, Minzoku-Shintō) includes the numerous folk beliefs in deities and spirits. Practices include divination, spirit possession, and shamanic healing. Some of their practices come from Buddhism, Taoism or Confucianism, but most come from ancient local traditions.
    • Sect Shinto (教派神道, Kyōha-Shintō) is a legal designation originally created in the 1890s to separate government-owned shrines from local organised religious communities. These communities originated especially in the Edo period. The basic difference between Shrine Shinto and Sect Shinto is that sects are a later development and grew self-consciously. They can identify a founder, a formal set of teachings and even sacred scriptures. Sect Shinto groups are thirteen, and usually classified under five headings: pure Shinto sects (Shinto Taikyo, Shinrikyo and Izumo Oyashirokyo), Confucian sects (Shinto Shusei-ha and Taiseikyo/体制教 ),mountain worship sects (Jikkokyo, Fusokyo and Mitakekyo or Ontakekyo), purification sects (Shinshukyo and Misogikyo), and faith-healing sects (Kurozumikyo/黒住教, Konkokyo/今故郷 and its branching Omotokyo/お元教師 and Tenrikyo/天理教.
    • Koshintō (古神道, Ko-shintō), literally ‘Old Shinto’, is a reconstructed “Shinto from before the time of Buddhism”, today based on Ainu religion and Ryukyuan practices. It continues the restoration movement begun by Hirata Atsutane

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Buddhism
Following the shinto religion (around 51% of the Japanese citizens) Buddhism is a large part of the religion in Japan. Introduced in Japan in 552 CE (current Era) from Korea by Buddhist monks, buddhism had a major influence in society. The most popular ‘Schools’ are Pure Land Buddhism, Nichiren Buddhism, Shingon Buddhism and Zen. Around 75% of the Japanese practice buddhism and around 90% practice Shinto. Which means most of the believers practice “Shinbutsu-shūgō” which means “syncretism of kami and buddhas”.

It took a number of years for buddhism to become bigger in Japan. The first introduction of it was in 467 CE by five buddhist monks but it wasn’t until the king of Baekjae sent a mission to Japan and the Soga Clan spread buddhism, until finally encouraged by Empress Suiko, the Japanese began accepting Buddhism.  From there on out there have been influxes and drops in the religion until after WW2 when Buddhism reached rock bottom. From 27% in 1984 until now in 2018 it has risen to staggering numbers.

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