2015 June

The Dark Side of The Japanese Idol Industry

Most people know about Japan via anime and manga. However, there remains another aspect of the entertainment industry that once you are absorbed in it, you can hardly get out of the void. It is called the Idol Culture (Otaku). Moreover, the idol industry dedicates millions of dollars to the music industry in Japan each…

Hiroshima, where the peace belongs

What is everyone’s first impression on Hiroshima? Atomic Bombs! Nuclear! Yup! You’re right… People keep asking if it is okay to go to Hiroshima. “Will there be no side effects? I’ve heard it took 100years to fully recover?” blah blah blah… Hiroshima nowadays is a very safe place to go. If you ever wanted to…

A Look Outside The Main Building of A Japanese Elementary School

Come on! Let’s go outside the main building of the Japanese Elementary School. Gymnasium (Taiikukan) city.tomisato.lg.jp/ Here is the gymnasium. The gymnasium is one of the most important and most memorable places in school because this is where the school ceremonies are held. The opening ceremony, entrance ceremony, and closing ceremony are held in the…

A Look Inside The Main Building of A Japanese Elementary School

Japan is a highly educated country. Its government invests a lot of resources on the education sector which is evident on the school resources and facilities. Educational institutions all over Japan are fully equipped and is, therefore, a very good training ground for schoolchildren. In this article, I will take you inside a Japanese elementary…

Temple Hopping in Japan!

It’s oh so nice to go traveling! Traveling is a way to expand our imagination and zest for life. It is always exciting to visit a new country. Learn about its people, its history, its culture and go shopping too. Visiting a new place let me see what is possible. I am always enriched by…

An Introduction to Kumamoto Castle!

This landmark is what Kumamoto is famous for; it’s a popular spot for Japanese and foreign tourists alike. Entrance fee is 500 Yen. The castle has a long history dating back to 1467 when the Ideta clan first established fortifications in the area. The initial version of Kumamoto Castle was completed in 1588. Author’s photo…

Don’t judge a burger by its cover: Aka US fast food Japanese style!

Coming from the US, one might be surprised by the myriad of different menu choices our favorite fast food chains have here in Japan. For example, in the US my all time favorite was McDonald’s Oreo McFlurry – a genius concoction of tasty vanilla soft serve ice cream with perfectly blended oreo bits, so thick…

The Top 10 Best Attractions in Tokyo Disneyland!

Japan attracts thousands of tourists every year, and its capital is surely the most visited city. Popular spots include temples, skyscraper districts, and a lot of shopping areas. A huge number of visitors also make time to visit Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. When compared, Tokyo DisneySea is often stated to be more fun for…

What to Expect when Dating a Japanese Guy?

Have you ever wondered what to expect when dating a Japanese guy? Well, to start with, I am not Japanese nor grew up in Japan, so I totally had zero idea about their culture, characteristics and traits. However, regardless of that, me and my Japanese boyfriend have been together for a long time now, so,…

JLPT preparation, the ultimate guide

The JLPT is an excellent way to get motivated to study Japanese. Being divided into 5 levels, with N5 being the lowest and N1 the highest levels, it consists of various sections, with the aim to prove the Japanese skills of the examinees. It is fully multiple-choice and since it is divided into mainly reading…
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