Learn about Japanese culture as 11,000 athletes call Tokyo for the Olympics – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Japan is an ancient nation with thousands of years of history and now a rich culture.

As more than 11,000 Olympic athletes call Tokyo home for the next two weeks, we’ll also explore parts of Japanese tradition and society. Here are some of the small parts of the East Asian country’s culture that will be on display at the Games:

path of the samurai

Most Americans only know of the Japanese samurai from popular movies and television, but the history of these warriors dates back over 800 years. The art is shrouded in mystery with an ancient code of conduct and there is a family carrying on the tradition.

Most of us only know about Japanese samurai from popular movies and TV. The history of these warriors is shrouded in mystery with an ancient code of conduct. But their legacy goes beyond the art of war and there is a family carrying on an 800-year tradition.


Tasting some of Japan’s 400 Kit Kat flavors

The chocolate-covered wafer bar may have originated in the UK, but Japan has put its own spin on the sweet treat, creating around 400 other flavors.

The famous chocolate brand did not originate in Japan, but it has a large following in the country. That’s partly because it’s common for parents to give their kids Kit Kat chocolates as good luck charms before a big test or school project. To date, the company has developed over 400 flavors in Japan. Here are a few.


A look at sumo wrestling

Sumo wrestling, the national sport of Japan, has been around for 15 centuries and is still the greatest of them all. There is even a prestigious university program that has been at the top of sumo’s must-haves since 1975.

Mary Carillo looks at Sumo wrestling, a tradition in Japan.


11 things you can get from Japanese vending machines

From insects to small chairs, you can find virtually anything at a vending machine in Japan. Here are some of the items you can buy at the five million vending machines nationwide, according to InsideJapan Tours.

From insects to small chairs, you can find virtually anything at a vending machine in Japan. Here are some of the items you can buy at the five million vending machines nationwide, according to InsideJapan Tours.


Budokan: Japan’s famous arena

Enter the sanctuary of Japanese martial arts and learn how the Budokan became one of the most iconic music venues of all time.

Enter the sanctuary of Japanese martial arts and learn how the Budokan became one of the most iconic music venues of all time.

All the Things You Can Find at a Tokyo Convenience Store

Japan is known for its “konbinis”, or convenience stores. Sometimes called the heart of a city, they are usually open 24 hours a day, 365 days a week. Walk into one and you’ll find they have a plethora of items you wouldn’t typically find in an American convenience store. Here are some of those things.

Japan is known for its “konbinis”, or convenience stores. Sometimes called the heart of a city, they are usually open 24 hours a day, 365 days a week. Walk into one and you’ll find they have a plethora of items you wouldn’t typically find in an American convenience store. Here are some of those things.

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