In Summer many Japanese women can be seen on the streets wearing a parasol, even in cloudy days. They are really careful protecting themselves against the sun. Not all of them, but most Japanese women consider that the whiter their skin the better. Having a white skin is considered a very important part of beauty [...]
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According to the last study of the OCDE Japan is the country with the highest life expectancy in the world (86.4 years) while Spain (my home country) ranks second (84.9 years). I am not an expert and most likely nobody knows for sure but I dare to say that probably two key elements in common [...]
It seems like electronic cigarettes have been on the market all around the world for some time, however I didn’t know about them until recently. It turns out that lately I see them everywhere, even in newsstands and Japanese supermarkets. It’s healthy!! Notice how well designed is the package to conveniently recharge it.
There was recently a H1N1 flu case in my company. Immediately it was announced and we had to stop working right away and go to the hospital to do tests to see if any employee was infected. When we went back to the office, we had to disinfect our hands with alcohol at the building [...]
Last week the first cases of swine flu were confirmed in Kobe and days later in Tokyo. Japanese people are taking many precautions against it and have started buying tons of surgical masks. In the area of Kobe and Osaka more than 4.000 schools have closed and kids are supposed to be studying at home. [...]
Japanese are pretty extreme when it comes to protecting their skin against solar rays. Most people use 50 factor protection creams, parasols or gloves; but the most advanced technique consists on using the “megaprotector”! This pictures was taken a few days ago, at the end of November!
Yunessun is a well known spa located in Hakone. It’s an interesing spa because they add common drinks to the baths/ofuros. The most well know are the wine and the sake baths, but there are also ofuros with beer, green tea or even coffee. I would try the green tea one, but I don’t know [...]
Karōshi (過労死 : excess – labor – death) is a Japanese word that means “sudden death caused by excess of work”. This specific word only exists in Japanese, but it’s starting to be exported to other countries like Korea where the same problem is arising. After the Second World War, Japan was able to recover [...]