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World Cup final Canada, USA against Japan

Valerie Achille

The recordbreaking 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup has finally come to an end. The United States triumphed over Japan in a stunning 5 to 2 victory becoming the first nation to win 3 Women’s World Cup titles. The 2015 WWC was filled with some of the biggest upsets, the most fantastic goals and arguably the best football the women’s game has ever offered.

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12 things you’ll only see in Japan

Japan still has their own clothing style. People wear their kimono’s in public.

Davey Meelker

Japan has had quite a secluded history. While it witnessed how many of their Asian counterparts were being exploited by Western powers in the 17th century it decided that it didn’t want to face the same fate. Also, the colonial power of the Portuguese had only brought unwanted weapons and religion to their country. Therefore it decided to close itself off from the West and never allow any Westerners in their country, bar a few Dutch merchants at Nagasaki. In the 19th century the Japanese decided to open themselves up to the outside world and instated the Meiji Restoration in which they slowly allowed foreign influence, on their own terms. In this way Japan managed to keep a distinctly unique culture. Today this unique culture brings about many sights that you won’t witness anywhere else. Here are 21 things you’ll only see in Japan.

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The diversity of Asian drinking cultures

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Sanne van Oosten

Yes, drinking cultures, plural. There is no way to speak of one typical way of drinking alcohol throughout Asia. Some just don’t drink, some drink obsessively, others only drink obsessively on special occasions and then there’s the ones that use drunkenness as a way to make important decisions.  Please allow me to explain with some drunken examples.

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The war from a Japanese perspective: Yasukuni-jinja

Sanne van Oosten

“We don’t talk about that anymore” is the standard answer when asking a Japanese person about the Second World War. If there is some kind of response to this question it is somehow related to the atom bombs dropped in august 1945. However, there is one particular place in Japan where the war is discussed in great lengths: the Yasukuni-Jinja museum, Yusukan. A place where you will be shocked by how distorted the history of the war is still being presented.

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How the Second World War is plummeting Japan’s Economy

The lobster street in Osaka Dotombori, Japan

Davey Meelker

The Japanese economy shrunk 3.5% on an annual base between July and September. Further, the trade deficit doubled last October to 6.7 billion dollars. A great cause is of this economic downfall is the Chinese boycott on Japanese products. The shipments to China decreased 11.6% last month and the car export even plummeted with 82%. We shouldn’t just look to the islands disputes to know the reason for this boycott, we have to go back 75 years when Japan invaded China and the conflict between the tow countries erupted into a full war.

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Exporting Amsterdam to Asia

Droog design heater, a great export product of Amsterdam

Sanne van Oosten

It’s good to be back. After nine months of traveling through Asia I’m so happy to be in good ole Amsterdam again. In Dutch I’d say: Oost, West, Mokum best. Even though we had an amazing time in Asia, this trip has made me appreciate all those little things from home just a little bit more. Biking through the city, the view of the windmill from my window, Old Amsterdam cheese, and last but not least, delicious water straight from the tap.

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Why did the Japanese surrender in 1945?

Sanne van Oosten

As a person who grew up in the West, we always learned that this was because of the Americans bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki with atom bombs on the 6th and 9th of august 1945. The American bombs fell on the 6th and the 9th, subsequently the Japanese surrendered on the 15th. And that’s just the way it is! Or is it?

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How the Second World war lives on with the Chinese and Japanese island disputes

Davey Meelker

While Germany is fighting for a united Europe, the conflict between China and Japan is escalating. “What has that got to do with each other”? you could say. Well, both events originated from the same period of history but both countries handled the aftermath in a completely different way.

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Japanese cuteness

Sanne van Oosten

Japan is all about the cute, the adorable, the endearing. There isn’t a place like it. No wonder this is the birthplace of the height of cute, Hello Kitty, and that this is the place where they constantly practice the Japanese art form of extreme politeness. But why are the Japanese the people who enjoy all this cuteness so much?

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The inefficiency of sexism in Japan

Sanne van Oosten

Japan is the land of efficiency. If a machine can do the job, then let the machine do that job! If a person can do something in a more efficient manner, make up a system in which this happens! There is no country in the world that is this efficient, and we’re having a lot of fun being amazed by all the smart tricks of the Japanese. However, there is one way that Japan can be even more efficient. But first I’ll tell you about the ways in which Japan is very efficient.

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