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Check Out This Video of a Japanese Granny Hip-Hop Dancing to Promote Rice!

Rice is a staple food in Japan. It has been cultivated across the country for many years and is synonymous with the general meaning of “meal.” However, the younger generation nowadays is increasingly eating junk food like Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (クリスピー・クリーム・ドーナツ) or McDonald’s (マクドナルド) instead of rice. To promote the benefits of eating rice, Japan’s…

What Is Japan’s “Silver Market”? What Are Some of The “Silver Goods”?

We all know how technologically advanced Japan is as a country. The Japanese are more tech-savvy than anyone else in the world. From small electric Itazura coin banks to huge magnetic bullet trains, the country is famous for its technological innovations. As Japan advances in every field, its population is aging rapidly. You must have…

Get to Know Japan’s Senior Citizen Cheerleading Team, Japan Pom Pom!

Cheerleading is a highly recognized physical activity around the world. In Japan, it is popularly known as a sport that requires athletic ability and physical strength. Teams are divided into males and females and they compete with routines through different levels. But did you know that cheerleading is not only common among junior high school,…

It’s the Small Things: 5 Reasons Why Japan is So Lovable!

Since arriving in Tokyo, there are so many everyday interactions and experiences that I have learned to love here. The Japanese hospitality, social etiquettes, and the amazing public transport system are obvious ones but there are a few other things that I see and experience that I absolutely love and very rarely see, if at…

Grandchild–Care Leave: A New Solution for the Japanese Grandparents

It is very hard to find a babysitter in Japan. And even if you do, chances are the cost will be horribly expensive! What makes it worse are many households are “two-income” where both parents work to provide for the family. So who is left with the children then? – The Grandparents. The New System…

Know Your Buses in Japan: From Luxury Travel to Everyday Commuting

The transportation system in Japan is an area the country is very proud of. People living in Japan take the train, subway, taxis and buses as their main form of transport and so do tourists visiting the country. Transportation in Japan is also quite efficient and punctual. Buses in Japan, along with the train and…

Why Don’t the Japanese Give Priority to the Elderly on Public Transportation?

If you have come to Japan, you’d be overwhelmed by the respectful manner of the Japanese. But when riding public transportation such as bullet trains or buses, it’s not hard to see young people sitting on the seats while there are some elderly standing. So of course this will lead you to doubt why these…

Too old to work? Think again!

According to the UN, Japan has a quarter of its total population (i.e., 25 %) of senior citizens above 65 years old. Also, the total population is going to decrease 10% by next decade. There is also a fear that if the shrinking continues at the same pace, there wont be any Japanese left by…

Why do the Japanese have the longest life expectancy?

Japan is a country with a recently ageing problem. It is true that the number of elder people is large and it lacks young people. But have you ever wondered why people in Japan are healthy and have a longer life? Personally, I, who have been living here for more than 1 year, assume that…