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One Green Bicycle is a blog comprised of Japanese culture and travels, Christian living, ethnic food recipes, international missions, and simple living.

Japanese Apprenticeship

Japanese Apprenticeship






Japanese Apprenticeship In Japan, the Do (pronounced ‘dough’) spirit exhibits distinct Japanese cultural values as well as their unique way of learning. Originating from a combination of thought from Ancient Chinese Taoism as well as Zen Buddhism, Do literally means “the way” or way to be followed. The Do spirit follows a distinct pattern as follows: 1) A formal rule-bound pattern to be followed. 2) A constant repetition of the pattern. 3) Mastering the pattern through different levels. 4) Perfecting…

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Japanese Resting in Silence

Japanese Resting in Silence






Japanese Resting in Silence In Japanese culture, a strong emphasis on silence permeates throughout society. The concept of Chinmoku, or silence, has great cultural value in day to day Japanese life. One of the first distinctions a visitor to Japan will notice in comparison with most places in the world will be that Japanese people are generally very careful about how they communicate verbally. This often gives the appearance of low levels of verbal communication wherever people are gathered. Why?…

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A New Spring One Week Japan Itinerary: Tokyo to Hiroshima

A New Spring One Week Japan Itinerary: Tokyo to Hiroshima






Japan Itinerary Basics A new friend recently connected with me for an upcoming trip to Japan to ask some questions about the japan itinerary. I absolutely love getting these emails, giving me the chance to research the max out of all of these fun itinerary options and use my experiences to help others plan an awesome time. So I put together this post mainly for my friend, but if anyone has an interest in a week-long trip (actually about 9 days…

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Top 10 Key Features in a Traditional Japanese Home

Top 10 Key Features in a Traditional Japanese Home






Since I’ve started traveling to Japan, I’ve been so blessed with many opportunities meeting new people and understanding more about the Japanese culture. One such experience was in 2012 when I connected with several Japanese Christians living in Japan. We talked through their testimony of the Christian faith, the struggles and beauty of the Japanese culture. We’d meet to talk together in their home, oftentimes a traditional Japanese home. A place of comfort and familiarity is so helpful to communicate…

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