9 Intriguing and Spooky Japanese Superstitions You Might Not Know Of

Every country and culture have their own superstitions that they learn from birth or from growing up and are part of their identity. For example, in the UK, our superstitions include not stepping on the cracks and not walking under ladders or you’ll get bad luck. Japan has their own superstitions and beliefs, some of…

What Is This Viral Japanese Video That Caught Justin Bieber’s Attention?

“I have a pen. I have an apple. *grunts* Apple pen.” This is how the song Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen by Pikotaro starts. It was uploaded on YouTube last August 25, 2016 and in just about a month, it has become an earworm that almost everyone can’t seem to get out of their heads. As of right now,…

The Reason Why Foreigners Well Informed About Japan Prefer Rent-a-Cars Over Trains

When someone asks you “Is Japan a train society or a car society?” you might answer that Japan is a train society since it is known for its technologically advanced railway system. Trains Do Not Cover All of Japan? It is true that the railway networks in Japan’s urban areas are exceptionally developed compared with…

Know About Japan’s “Yankii” Culture With EXILE TRIBE’s HiGH & LOW Project

You have probably seen billboards and posters of the movie HiGH & LOW all over the metro. It’s an entertainment project that consists of a drama series with two seasons – a prequel called Road to HiGH & LOW and a spin-off entitled The Red Rain featuring two of its prominent characters, the Amamiya Brothers…

Meet Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan’s Young Award-Winning Figure Skating Prince

If the ice rink is the battle arena for kingship, Japan’s 21-year old Yuzuru Hanyu (羽生結弦) will undeniably be among the top candidates for the crown. In fact, he’s already the king of the ice rink in the making! His reputation as Japan’s figure skating prince isn’t just a mere title befitting his young age…

10 Japanese Anime Themes to Look Out for This 2016 and Beyond!

Just like how the popular Pokémon evolve to achieve a stronger, more powerful form, anime, as an industry, also has its own evolution cycle – something which involves a series of worldwide popularity to a year-long production decline, then back to the proliferation of short, original works. This rise and fall have brought varied opinions…

Who Was “Tokyo Rose” of the WWII Radio Program for American Soldiers?

In the dark days of the Pacific War during the epic struggle of civilizations that was WWII, many American sailors and Marines would turn on their radios to listen to the dulcet tones of a program they were not allowed to listen to called “Zero Hour (ゼロ・アワー)”. This blacklisted station would play all of the…

How Do the Japanese Feel About Living Together Before Marriage?

It is quite common for Japanese people nowadays to move in even before committing marital vows. This is how conventional thinking goes on in the country. But the question is, who is more willing to move in? Is it the male or the female? A recent survey revealed that Japanese men are more willing to…

The 3rd Yo-Kai Watch Movie Will Be Out Soon! How Is It Gonna Be Different?

The Yo-kai Watch (妖怪ウォッチ) series has often been compared to Pokémon (ポケモン) and Digimon (デジモン) due to the similar premise of having a world filled with cute monsters. But the upcoming third installment of Yo-kai Watch will be done differently as it will be a mashup of anime and live action! 【トリビア32】妖怪バズーカをポチっと注文してくれたのは、コマじろう。では、メラメライオンを召喚したのに、おまけで現れたアイツは誰でしょう!? あ~クサっ!https://t.co/WNkzQsuone pic.twitter.com/N7S16g1zCf — 映画『妖怪ウォッチ』…

Why is Japanese Girl Band LAGOON Going to Break Up?

Japanese all-girl band LAGOON has just announced their disbandment! The group only made their debut in 2014, so it has not been long since the formation of the band. What happened? The Members LAGOON is an all-girl pop-rock band made up of 5 girls that was formed in 2014. The band was managed by Stardust…
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