Electric Akihabara

The story of the Akihabara shopping district in Tokyo is essentially the story of every high school nerd in the 1980s. Shops here were the first to sell and celebrate home computers at a time when they were only used by specialists and hobbyists, and naturally, their indoorsy consumers were also big fans of anime, […]

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Why you should let the Chinese lion spit at you

Besides mimicking the lion’s moves, the lion dance performance typically reaches its peak with the lion stalking a head of lettuce, eating it and spitting it out at the audience.

This action is also known as “plucking the greens” or “Cai Qing”, synonymous with “plucking the wealth and fortune”. So if the lion spits at you with the vegetables, smile and welcome your wealth with open arms. 

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