Editor in Chief
During the past six years, Hanami Web has gone a long way. I started to keep this website sometimes in year 2000, with only a few articles about Japanese culture. Now I have covered a lot of the modern life in Japan as well as the traditional culture. Yet, I have barely scratched the surface of the topic "What is Japan made of?".
I wanted to write these articles from different perspective, from a perspective which would be free of political opinions, which would convey Japanese culture in it's fresh purest form - simply as it is.
Currently there are more than four hundred articles in Hanami Web and I hope to handle Japanese culture more deeply in future articles. We want to deliver more useful and interesting information what cannot be found from anywhere else in the world.
We have recently implemented commenting system on each of the articles. We would really love to hear what you have to say. Therefore, please write your comments. We appreciate all of them.
Moreover I'd like to thank our contributing authors who have done a great job of writing great content.
I wish you enjoy this website. If you have any feedback, please drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Founder of Hanami Web is Finnish graphic artist and photographer living in Japan. If you are interested about his photographic or art, please send him a mail.
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Q. Can I use Hanami Web content in my schoolwork, essay or graduation work?
A.Sorry, but no, you cannot. You may refer to our articles if mention the URL. But copying our articles for your school essay, or another such project is just not right thing to do, and it's also violation of a copyright. However, whatever you decide to do, please don't send us any more email about using our articles as your school work essay.
Q. What references do you use for your site, and how can I cite you?
A. Hanami Web is original content. The reason why we don't usually mention the references in the articles is that there are so many of them. The articles are result of years of reading, talking with Japanese people, interviewing them in Japan and seeing the local culture. If you want to read more, please search books from Amazon and read them. We did it too. You may cite us by including our URL: www.hanamiweb.com.
Q. Can I use Hanami Web content in my commercial project?
A. Sorry, but we'll have to say no to that. Just because we worked hard to make this website, we have to keep the copyright to this material to ourselves.
Q. I'm website administrator. Can I link to your site? Do you have a banner which I could put to my site?
A. Yes, you may, just let us know so we can link back. Please use our banner or text link:
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Q. How often Hanami Web is updated?
A. Usually weekly. You can see the latest updates of the main site at: http://www.hanamiweb.com/latest_all.html
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Q. Is your information really accurate and well researched?
A. You have to judge by yourself, as with using any news media or website. You are the judge. If you have any comments on inaccurate information, please use the comment form available in every page of Hanami Web.
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I get many emails every week asking for the reference materials of articles like the Japanese Kimono. As you have noticed, the sources are often not mentioned in the articles. This simply was due to practical matter, sources change, articles get updated as we learn more, it would be too hard job to jot down every single source and keep the list accurate.
Some of the emails questioned whether the information in Hanami Web is actually researched and accurate. I will answer this question here. The content in Hanami Web is original content. It means this is written by me, Editor in Chief and our guest writers. This material is not copied from anywhere else. Although we do constant research and our team has Japanese members too, sometimes an error might slip down into the final article.
Most of the photographs are photographed by us, or our guest writers. Other photographs are used under license.
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