Do You Know These 4 Mythical Beasts Guarding Japan’s Cardinal Directions?

If it’s about myths, folklore, and legends, Japan is a country with a lot to offer. From stories based on local traditions up to those derived from foreign influence through cultural assimilation, the country has developed a rich collection of tales that are mirrored in today’s pop culture. Belief in sacred beasts and spirits is…

Meet the Cute Official Mascots of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo!

As with any other Olympic event, there would be official mascots to help celebrate the games, and the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo have recently announced theirs. As expected, they are cute! The two mascots are the creations of Ryo Taniguchi, a Japanese character designer and illustrator born in 1974. The Olympic Games…

2 Japanese Companies That You’d Never Expect to Produce Skincare Products!

Japanese people are well known for their fair and near-perfect skin. This is mostly attributed to the Japanese dietary habits and quality skincare products. Tourists in particular love to flock to drug stores in Japan just to buy Japanese cosmetics and skincare products. Nowadays, more and more skincare products from Japan are making their name…

Get to Know Another Side of Japan by Watching These 2 Hollywood Movies

Japan is undeniably one of the most well-known countries in Asia. Oftentimes, Japan and its culture are depicted in pop culture and fictional works, including Hollywood films. While most Hollywood movies use Japan as a decorative element in their plot, some of them actually place Japan in the core of the story. Let’s take a…

Get to Know 2 Popular Japanese Baseball Players Who Joined International Teams!

At the end of the 19th century, when Japan started opening itself to the world, it quickly embraced a number of different sports. However, it is undeniable that baseball is the number one sport in the country. There are even several Japanese professional baseball players who excel in other countries. Let’s get to know two…

Top 5 Funniest Jimmy Onishi Moments in Japanese Comedy Show “Waratte wa Ikenai”

Despite most assuming that Japan is a country of serious faces and hidden emotions, the TV industry is booming with slapstick comedy, comedians from Osaka, and classic shows putting a smile on fans’ faces. Japanese comedy comes in a variety of types: rakugo, an amusing monologue performed by a solo speaker; owarai, which includes game…

Have You Heard of PPAP Singer Pikotaro’s New Song About Vegetables?

Following the fame of the “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” or “PPAP” song, Pikotaro has recently released a new song. This time, it is about vegetables! The song is in collaboration with Momoiro Clover Z, a Japanese idol group consisting of four girl members. How similar or different is it from PPAP? Is it also easy to learn and…

Did You Know That the World’s Tallest Wooden Skyscraper Will Be Built in Tokyo?

The world’s tallest free-standing tower, Tokyo Skytree, can be found in Japan. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the tallest wooden skyscraper in the world is also proposed to be built in the area. The plan has already been unveiled by Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd., a Japanese company that provides a stable supply of…

Studying Abroad in Japan? Here Are 8 Tips You Should Check Out!

Your place in the university of your choice is secured, your accommodation has been organized, you’ve bought your plane tickets, and the big day is almost here – you are about to go and study abroad in Japan! You might have been planning this for weeks, months, or even years, and it’s finally happening. Studying…

What Is The “Otaku Coin” and Why Should Anime Fans Be Excited About It?

Are you an anime fan? If so, then you might love the concept of “Otaku Coin” which is scheduled to be released in Japan in the summer of 2018. The anime industry in Japan has been recently declining, and in hopes of preserving it, Tokyo Otaku Mode designed a digital currency that will provide benefits…
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