by pinkpanther

Gamers, Assemble! The Biggest Gaming Event of 2018 Is Coming to Chiba, Japan!

Think of your favorite video game. Who is your favorite character? Maybe it’s the brave Link from The Legend of Zelda games, Cloud from the widely known Final Fantasy VII, or the famous, star-collecting Italian plumber, Mario. Chances are that you’ve at least heard of a game character who’s from Japan! Although the United States,…

Do You Know These 6 Essential Japanese Vocabulary Items for Winter?

Winter is here in Japan, bringing dry air, clear skies, and huge snowfall in northern prefectures such as Aomori, Hokkaido, and Iwate. There are a lot of great things about winter in Japan, such as hot and delicious drinks, seasonal food such as hot pot, and winter illuminations. Here are some useful words that will…

6 Must-Try Japanese Sweets and Candies!

Japan is known for its unique culture, continuing traditions such as festivals, spiritual beliefs and cuisine as well as advancing to be one of the world’s leading economies. Japan attracted almost 20 million tourists in 2016, who visited to sample the Japanese way of life, which remains culturally unique and fascinating for foreigners. Japanese food…

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Your Name Correctly in Japanese

Japanese is a language that looks beautiful when written down. Calligraphy is a popular art celebrating the beauty of the Chinese-originating characters, kanji. Written Japanese is an art form itself, and it’s fun to be able to write characters and words you know. This article gives a complete guide to writing your own name in…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Japanese Actor and Dreamboat, Matsumoto Jun

Matsumoto Jun, also affectionately known as “Matsujun” to his fans, is a talented actor, singer, and member of the nationally famous J-pop boy band, Arashi. He gained popularity with the hit high school romance series, Hana Yori Dango, or Boys Over Flowers in English, and continues to make fans give dreamy sighs when he appears…

Celebrate Japan’s Bean-Throwing Tradition by Joining These 2 Events in February

Japan has many celebrations and traditions that are relatively unknown by those outside the country. New Year is celebrated differently to the West, and in February, there is an old tradition that is still enjoyed by families, groups of friends, and even co-workers to this day. February is a busy month for events in Japan.…

Crazy for Craft Beer? Don’t Miss This Beer Tasting Event in Yokohama This January!

Traditional Japanese alcoholic beverages generally include various types of sake, nihonshu, and umeshu (plum wine), all with different brewing methods and flavors, as well as traditional and historic connections. However, beer is also a drink that is extremely popular among men and women in the country. Beer is usually the first drink people have at…

Have You Tried Delicious Baked Goods From This Bakery Found All Over Japan?

Thanks to the importing of Western culture and cuisine, bakeries selling sweets, bread, cookies, and other baked goods are abundant and popular all over Japan. It isn’t unusual to find at least one small bakery, whether chain or local, whenever you arrive at a new town or city. You’ll often find bakeries in hotels, as…

3 Great Ideas on How to Spend New Year’s Eve in Japan

Another year is almost over, and no doubt you’re thinking about how to spend the New Year’s celebration while you are in Japan. Christmas in Japan is very different to how it is in most Western countries; people often eat chicken and see illuminations with their partner rather than eat homemade food with their families.…

Do You Know the 4 Main Types of Japanese Ramen?

Japan is known for its great cuisine, and ramen, alongside perhaps sushi and takoyaki, is probably one of the first types of food you think of if someone mentions Japanese dishes. Ramen, which typically consists of noodles served in hot broth with toppings, is extremely popular in Japan. Originally hailing from China, this versatile dish…
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