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Lost in Lust in Love Hotels

There is something absolutely fascinating about Japanese love hotels. Catered to adults and devoted exclusively to sex, they offer a calm oasis in this archipelago of condensed apartment buildings and where, at least traditionally, several generations live together. These are not the decrepit North American motels where extramarital affairs take place and where villains in…

Meet Hikonyan, the Lovable Mascot from Hikone Prefecture, Japan!

I’m sure you have probably seen or heard of Funasshi, the popular pear mascot from Funabashi in Chiba Prefecture. Or even Kumamon, the mascot representing Kumamoto Prefecture. xn--v8jva9a1a8c33c.blog.so-net.ne.jp/ With 47 prefectures in Japan and each one having a mascot to represent it, there is surely a popularity contest between the mascots. If you have been…