Could Tamil and Japanese languages have common origins?

Linguistics is an ocean. You can be learning the subject for ages and still not grasp them all. Its close connection with culture only makes it complex and even more fascinating. My interest wandered towards linguistics when I was researching about Japanese culture and its origins. I came across several research journals during my pursuit and…

Curious case of cultural similarities between Tamil and Japanese societies

Even as a kid I loved Tamils and their culture. I could forget myself in the story of Silappathikaram and Tholkappiyam. I dreamt of living during the time when valiant Cholas emperors reigned the South. It is during their period thousands of temples renowned for their superior architecture materialised. The big temple in Thanjavur is a testimony…

Japanese Omiai structure in Tamils’ arranged marriages

Arranged marriages. It is not an uncommon event in India whereas it is mostly non-existent in most parts of the world. Though arranged marriages were a norm in most countries, back in 18 or 19th century, it is such a rare sight now a days that it raises eyebrows in many cultures when they hear…

Tamil food link to Japanese cuisine

It has been a long time since I ate a meal of piping hot sambar, rasam with potato fry and vellarika kootu complete with curd rice. When you work close to 9 hours a day and 6 days a week and stay alone, cooking is the last thing on your mind. You try to cut…

When Tamil’s navarathri golu meets Hinamatsuri in Japan

When I think of doll festivals in India, Navarathri golu is the first thing that comes to my mind. When I was a kid I remember my mom dusting off a year’s worth of dust on dolls every year in October. You will find dolls and figurines in different, shapes and color depicting Tamil traditions, culture, festivals,…