Does Everyone Take Part in the Annual Day Off for Japanese Housewives?

Do you know that a large percentage of the Japanese population is comprised of housewives? Housewives in Japan are expected to do a lot of cooking and cleaning, which becomes even more taxing when their children and husbands are at home. To give them the much-needed rest they deserve, Sankei Living Shimbun (サンケイリビング新聞), an internet…

What is Premium Friday and How Will It Help the Japanese Economy?

Since the economic bubble burst in Japan in the 1980s, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (and their forebearers) have been working to get the economy back on track. Japan, as with many other countries, did rebuild but were hit with another recent recession, where they saw things drop again. The Japanese Ministry…

The Extraordinary Career of Japanese Designer Keisuke Unosawa

Do you recognize the name Keisuke Unosawa (鵜野沢啓祐)? If not, you’re about to find out all about this fascinating man. Unosawa is a creative director and designer who was born in Tokyo in 1964. He worked for Katsumi Komagata (駒形克己) before going freelance in 1987. His success was preceded by numerous rejections but, eventually, his…

Do You Know This Traditional Japanese Art of Braiding Shown in ‘Your Name’?

Your Name (君の名は。) is now officially the highest-grossing anime film of all time. The continuous popularity and success of Makoto Shinkai’s (新海誠) soul-swapping, gender-bender fantasy movie inspired the creation of exclusively designed bus and travel tours, a limited themed cafe, and even a fancy jewelry line. The movie’s universal theme of love and longing touched…

Robots, Bidets and 7 Other High-tech Things to See in Japan

Of all the phrases and descriptions associated with Japan – world heritage sites, deep appreciation for history and culture, outstanding cuisine – being a modern, technology-driven country seem to take a back seat. In my opinion, it’s not the ultra-fast bullet trains (shinkansen), or extensive rail network that amazes me but the ordinary, daily things…

Check Out San-X’s New Character and Its Limited Edition Giant Soft Toy!

If you have been living here in Japan for a number of years, you’re sure to know by now how Japan takes it creativity a step further. But if you’re still new to the country, you’ll gradually come to notice the significant amount of effort most establishments put into promoting their brand. One common form…

Love Arashi? One of Their Members Is Going to Star in This New J-Drama!

Arashi (嵐) is a popular idol group of singers under Johnny’s Entertainment. Did you know that one of their members, Aiba Masaki (相葉雅紀), is set to star in a primetime drama on Fuji TV (フジテレビ) this spring 2017? This drama will also serve as a celebration of Fuji TV’s 30th year anniversary of Getsu9 (月9).…

Be Dazzled by Mokomichi Hayami, the Hunky Actor Who Cooks!

With promising young talents like Yamazaki Kento (山崎賢人) and Fukushi Sota (福士蒼汰) heating up your screen these days, you may not be able to conjure up the image of Mokomichi Hayami (速水もこみち) readily in your mind, even if you have heard his name before. But what if I told you that he was the hunky…

3 Beautiful Fairytale-Like Love Stories of Japanese Royal Family Members

The Japanese Royal Family, or the Imperial Family, consists of Emperor Akihito (明仁さま), the Empress Michiko Shoda (正田美智子さま), their children and other family members. The Imperial House was founded in 660 BC by the first emperor of Japan, Jimmu (神武). It is the oldest dynasty in the world, with 125 preceding monarchs reigning over Japan…

Which Superb Restaurants in Japan are Spreading Their Dishes Overseas?

As we know, there are many Japanese restaurant branches in other countries. However, these restaurants may have changed their recipes from the original dishes offered in Japan. This might be because ingredients of certain dishes are hard to come by, or because restaurant owners decide to tailor to the respective country’s locality by changing and…
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