Ruthy Kanagy

Housing Options in Japan

In Japan, as in New York and San Francisco, space is at a premium in concentrated urban areas. Author Ruthy Kanagy explains the difference between a Japanese apaato (apartment) or manshon (mansion), as well as the styles of housing available in Japan, from traditional to western.

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Popular Festivals in Japan

Almost every town and city in Japan has its own matsuri (festival) celebrating the new year, changing seasons, or a historic event. Author Ruthy Kanagy gives an overview of some of Japan’s more well-known festivals.

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Studying Abroad in Japan

Many universities in the United States have study abroad and exchange programs with universities in Japan that include housing, language studies, and cultural activities for three months to a year. While the options for studying abroad in Japan are too numerous to give a complete list, here are descriptions of several popular programs.

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Comparing Japan to the United States

When you first come to Japan, you may observe things that look like cultural contradictions, a clash of East and West. Japan has been blending foreign elements into its culture for several thousand years, yet the country remains unique. With statistics on everything from literacy to life expectancy and obesity to oil consumption, Ruthy Kanagy compares Japan with the United States.

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