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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?…

Experience Virtual Reality at This Event in Shinjuku This Summer 2017!

Nowadays, the trend of virtual reality (VR) devices and games are on the rise. Perhaps in the future, the popularity of VR games will take over the popularity of video games which only utilize controllers. In recent months, we have seen the boom of VR-related businesses, games, and movies in Japan. Virtual reality devices enable…

This Language Game Makes Learning Japanese a Doddle!

Let’s face it, learning a language requires a lot of time, memorizing and practice. It’s no surprise that many of us associate language-learning with long, boring study sessions in drab classrooms with tests and exams to boot. Well, worry no more! The Learn Japanese to Survive! series aims to flip this around and turn learning…

Which Member of Japanese Band ONE OK ROCK Married Avril Lavigne’s Sister?

A while back, Ryota Kohama (小浜良太), the bassist of the very well-known rock band in Japan called ONE OK ROCK (ワンオクロック), announced in the band’s concert on 18 February 2017 that he actually got married earlier that month. Okay, cool, getting married and keeping it secret from the public until a little later is commonly…

5 Reasons “Air Hanami” Is the New Trend of Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan

There is a great reason for spring in Japan being a highly anticipated season that draws huge crowds of locals and foreign visitors: cherry blossom! Nobody can resist the beautiful sight of cherry blossoms, known as “sakura (桜)” in Japanese, while eating dango (団子) or sweet Japanese rice dumplings. It is typical during the sakura…

A Shopping Mall is Opening Soon in Ginza, Featuring Art by Yayoi Kusama!

Have you heard about Ginza Six? It is a new shopping complex which will be opened soon and you really do not want to miss it! The mall will feature art installations by Yayoi Kusama (草間彌生), who is known for her eccentric art style based on her fascination with dots. One of her most recognizable…
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