2016 September

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…

Attack on Titan, A Silent Voice and More in This Week’s Hot 10 Articles!

Hi, readers! This is the Japan Info staff. We wanted to say thank you for always reading our articles and we’ve got a way for you to enjoy them more! Out of all the posts that have been published over the last week (September 19th to 25th) on Japan Info and/or on Facebook, we are…

Feeling Hot? Here Are 10 Cool Snacks for Those Humid Days in Japan

Japan is insufferably hot and humid in the summer. I was born and raised in Las Vegas NV. There, the summer heat cranks up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (about 44 degrees Celsius). Although the temperature is incredibly high, it is very dry. Japan, on the other hand, is both hot and humid. So how can…

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…

Heading to the Island of Enoshima? Here Are 4 Places for You to Visit

Summer days are fun when spent on the island of Enoshima (江の島). It is a small offshore island which is home to some of the closest sandy beaches to Tokyo (東京) and is just an hour drive from the capital city which is why it becomes an ideal destination for fun day trip escapes. If…

5 Must-Visit Temples in Nara Flourishing With Gorgeous Flowers

Japan is a country symbolic of temples and shrines. The former capital of Japan, Nara (奈良), played a great cultural importance in shaping the country’s history. It is where majestic temples that are lavishly decorated with different varieties of flowers stand. Many of these temples are located in high areas such as hilltops which make…

5 Must-Visit Spots That Perfectly Showcase the Natural Beauty of Japan

There are so many beautiful things which remain undiscovered in Japan. Some are brought by men, while others are simply formed by the passing of time. Others become stunning works of nature revealing a surprising natural wonder. If you want to discover some magnificent geo spots worth visiting in the country, here are 5 beautiful…
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