2016 June

What Makes Japanese Such a Difficult Language to Learn?

Before coming to Japan I studied in an institution that provided 6-12 week language learning programs in over 100 different languages. There was a story commonly told of a student who was studying Spanish and was having a hard time and wanted to quit. The teachers met together to discuss how to handle this student…

Pay a Visit to These 3 Historical Tokyo Buildings Which Are Still In Use Today!

Tokyo, as the capital city of Japan, is home to many old buildings with historical significance. Some of these have undergone several renovations but are still being used today. If you would like to be more familiar with Tokyo’s historical spots, here are three buildings which are still in use and are highly valued by…

Take a Look at These Ancient Board Games Loved By Japan That You Ought to Know About!

Board games are nothing but ‘table-top’ games which are usually played according to a set of rules. They have been in many cultures and societies for centuries. There are different kinds of board games originating in different countries – the Chinese have ‘go’ and ‘liubo’; the Aztecs have ‘patolli’ and so on. There are two…

Aum Shinrikyo: The Cult Behind the Sarin Gas Attacks

On the quiet morning of March 25th, 1995, the subway trains were moving along regularly in the complex Tokyo subway system, brimming with office workers, students, housewives, and children heading to school. On five different trains, sarin gas was let loose, killing 12 people and injuring over 1,000 others. The terrorists? Members of an extremist…

All About Inspirational Fashion Designer Issey Miyake and His Unique Style and Brands

There are so many great fashion designers in Japan but one of the most inspirational of these designers goes by the name Issey Miyake. He is popular for using new technology in creating innovative textiles and designs stemming from both Western and Eastern influences. He is not only a fashion designer but a fragrance connoisseur…

Are Bright Futures Ahead For Same-Sex Couples in Japan?

In this new era, there is a growing amount of acceptance and understanding towards same-sex relationships. Western countries, while still facing opposition from some, are generally more open-minded in this matter. In June 2015, same-sex marriage was legalized in all the 50 states of America. Japan is a pretty open-minded country in regards to certain…

5 Casual and Tasty Soup Curry Restaurants to Try Out in Sapporo!

I actually did not know this until I visited Sapporo recently, but Sapporo is well known for their large variety of soup curries. Soup curry is, as its name suggests, a soup based curry that usually includes large ingredients. I would like to introduce to you the 5 soup curry restaurants that you should check…

5 Essential Smartphone Apps to Help You Survive Your Next Japan Trip!

Traveling can be very exhausting sometimes with all of the things you need to take care of – taking care of your visa-related paperwork, working on a reasonable budget, booking internal flights (if any), checking the weather forecast in advance, googling nearby money exchange shops, and much more! Some people are blessed with “adaptability” as…

Would You Like to Add This Life-Size Vocaloid Figure to Your Collection?

One of the things that Japan can be proud of is the large number of fans and admirers the otaku culture has. Thanks to the various manga, anime, and even the idol industry reaching both local and international areas, the number of fans is growing! Thanks to the otaku culture, a large variety of merchandise…
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