The 5 Best Ways to Discover the Japanese Country Music Scene

In a small Tokyo (東京) bar, people gather. The music’s loud, the atmosphere lively and the beer is flowing. But this is no ordinary tavern. No suits or cosplay here – just cowboy hats, tight jeans and belt buckles as large as the waist. It looks like Texas and sounds like Texas, but this is…

Check Out This Video of a Japanese Granny Hip-Hop Dancing to Promote Rice!

Rice is a staple food in Japan. It has been cultivated across the country for many years and is synonymous with the general meaning of “meal.” However, the younger generation nowadays is increasingly eating junk food like Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (クリスピー・クリーム・ドーナツ) or McDonald’s (マクドナルド) instead of rice. To promote the benefits of eating rice, Japan’s…

Why Is Mao Asada, One of Japan’s Top Figure Skaters, Retiring at an Early Age?

Since the morning of April 10, 2017, one particular topic regarding a certain athlete’s retirement has been making its rounds on Japanese news programs. Many people were surprised with the sudden announcement that was made as Japan’s figure skating star, Mao Asada (浅田真央), decides to leave the ice rink at 26. Who is Mao Asada?…

Coinless Vending Machines are Now Available in Japan!

Vending machines are a common sight in Japan. Many of them do not only sell drinks but several different products. People normally use vending machines every day but to use one, you need to have coins on you. When you’re rushing around, it can be a hassle if you lack loose change. This is the…

Discover and Explore What Toyama, Japan Has to Offer with This New Free App!

Toyama (富山) is a prefecture located along the seacoast of Japan. It is surrounded by splendid nature and blessed with sublime scenery and tasty food. Part of the prefecture includes the spectacular Northern Japan Alps (北アルプス), which can be experienced along Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (立山黒部アルペンルート). Since many tourists come to visit the place, a…

Is This Japanese Traditional Method of Kimono Coloring Almost Dead?

“Innovation” is a word that most people are familiar with. This simple word has allowed societies to advance beyond our imagination. It has brought us to an era where it seems like anything is possible. Japan, in particular, is a well-known country when it comes to innovation. Similarly, the country is also known for its…

Thinking of Studying Abroad in Japan? Here Are 4 Reasons You Should Do It!

Are you thinking about studying abroad in Japan? Well, there are many fabulous and unique things that you will experience in the country. I’m Japanese, but I have met and made friends with many international students in Japan. I also worked for a Japanese language school to support international students. I have studied abroad twice…

The Official Sailor Moon Fan Club Is Now Open to Overseas Members!

Are you a Sailor Moon (美少女戦士セーラームーン) fan? Why not join the Official Sailor Moon Fan Club called “Pretty Guardians (プリティガーディアンズ)?” The manga-turned-animation series didn’t have an official fan club until 2016. Pretty Guardians is now on its second year and is also open to overseas fans who would like to join. Just like the Japanese…

Which Member of Japanese Band ONE OK ROCK Married Avril Lavigne’s Sister?

A while back, Ryota Kohama (小浜良太), the bassist of the very well-known rock band in Japan called ONE OK ROCK (ワンオクロック), announced in the band’s concert on 18 February 2017 that he actually got married earlier that month. Okay, cool, getting married and keeping it secret from the public until a little later is commonly…

Want a Glimpse of Life in Japan? Check Out These 7 Awesome YouTubers!

The list of YouTubers in Japan is growing at an exponential rate so it can be quite difficult to determine which ones are worth your time. And while that often comes down to personal preference, this article is designed to help you find some YouTubers who make videos about Japan that might just suit your…
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