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What Is This Fun Ice Pop Toy Perfect for Kids This Summer? Even Pikotaro Loves It!

The Japanese comedian, Pikotaro, who became internationally known due to his catchy music video and song called “PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)”, has released a new song for kids this summer. The song and music video are to promote the Perotto Ice DJ toy. Let’s find out more about it! Who is Pikotaro? “I have a pen. I…

Nintendo’s New Service at This Japanese Airport Makes Waiting More Fun!

Waiting can be annoying and boring for a lot of people but is often hard to avoid. When you fly internationally, you probably arrive at the airport several hours early to ensure you don’t miss your flight. It’s significantly more difficult when traveling with small children, as they can be even more impatient than adults…

Catch Studio Ghibli’s Newest Film at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo This July!

The name Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎駿) is no longer a stranger to the ears of many people. This highly prolific director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist had announced his retirement in September 2013. Back then, the director who had on and off retirements even said, “This time is for real.” However, in February 2017,…

Heading to Tohoku, Japan? Here Are 3 Delicious Local Noodles to Try!

Tohoku (東北) consists of the northeastern portion of Honshu (本州), the largest island of Japan. This traditional region consists of six prefectures – Akita (秋田), Aomori (青森), Fukushima (福島), Iwate (岩手), Miyagi (宮城), and Yamagata (山形). Tourism is a major industry in the Tohoku region. When you visit, do not miss out on these three…

The Ninja Crisis: What Is the Reason Behind the Shortage of Ninja in Japan?

Ninja (忍者) is one of the famous images that represents Japan. They are known to many as agents who specialized in espionage and infiltration during the olden days of Japan. So much so that it is even portrayed in popular culture in the West like in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the G.I. Joe series, and…

Why Are Buddhist Monks in Japan Allowed to Get Married?

Not only are Buddhist monks in Japan allowed to get married and have children, they are also allowed to eat meat and consume alcohol. However, these only apply to some of them. Monks who have vowed to be celibate are not allowed to do the aforementioned things, whereas monks who have not vowed to be…

Celebrate 100 Years of Japanese Animated Film by Watching the Classics!

Believe it or not, Japanese animation, or more commonly known as anime, already went through a century-long journey! This definitely deserves a celebration, but no, we are not talking about popping champagne and throwing confetti. We will be celebrating it in a different way, but first, let’s learn a little about the history of the…

Check Out the Exciting Mall and More Soon Opening in Shibuya!

If you have been to Shibuya (渋谷) these past few years, you might have noticed that there are construction efforts taking place at the area around Shibuya Station (渋谷駅). This is because that area is undergoing a large-scale redevelopment as part of the Shibuya renewal plan. One of the transformations of Shibuya includes the opening…

Nine Hours’ First Capsule Hotel Has Opened in Tokyo!

Capsule hotels are becoming more and more popular in Japan every year, and it seems like we won’t see the end of them anytime soon. Another capsule hotel has recently been opened by 9 Hours (ナインアワーズ), and this time it is in Tokyo (東京)! The Capsule Hotel Trend What is the appeal of capsule hotels?…
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