CULTURE

Is Yokohama Japan’s Next “It” City?

Let’s face it, Yokohama has always been an “it” city, but the city has had a major struggle that might be finally coming to an end. Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city after Tokyo and an economic powerhouse. However, its proximity to Tokyo has always been a double-edged sword. On the one hand, being so…

Why Is Ikebukuro Disliked?

Ikebukuro is one of the most bustling neighborhoods in Tokyo. The area’s popularity is attributed to the importance of Ikebukuro Station, one of the busiest stations in Japan and in the world. Ikebukuro Station serves as an important connecting point for millions of people, particularly those who live in Saitama and have to commute to…

The World Has Been Criticizing Japan, and That’s a Good Thing

Over the past week, many articles and posts on social media repudiated one of the most controversial rules some Japanese schools imposed: banning ponytails. The backlash is not only directed at the rule itself, but also at the reason behind it after a former teacher named Sugiyama Motoki, who has always criticized these rules, mentioned…

Why Are Teenage Girls Going Out With Older Men?

When it comes to human trafficking, one might usually think of impoverished countries where laws are not enforced and politics are full of corruption. However, many first world countries are in fact important source transportations and destinations when it comes to human trafficking. This can be something that many citizens tends to overlook as they…

LIVE AND WORK

How to Spot the Differences Between Cherry, Plum, and Peach Blossoms!

It’s that time of the year again! Japanese gardens, rivers, and streets in spring are always surrounded by so many beautiful flowers, and it can sometimes be easy to mistake any pink flowers you happen to spot and believe they are the famouse cherry blossoms (sakura). In fact, even people in Japan who every year…

Japan’s Deadliest Animal

When summer nears, Japan’s most dangerous animal starts appearing in many places. We are not talking about bears, who roam Hokkaido and the northern part of Honshu. We are also not talking about the dangerous box jellyfish that shows up around Okinawa when waters start to warm. Oh, no. The beast we are talking about…

Harry Potter Christmas in Tokyo

Among Tokyo’s many shopping districts, Marunouchi stands out thanks to its quaint appearance despite being Tokyo’s main financial district, being home of Japan’s largest banks. Each Christamas, Marunouchi’s Nada-dori lights up with Christmas lights, and some of the area’s most important commercial buildings erect elaborate and quite innovative Christmas trees with a particular theme. In…

Lost in Lust: The Incredible World of Japanese Kinky Love Hotels

There is something absolutely fascinating about Japanese love hotels. Catered to adults and devoted exclusively to sex, they offer a calm oasis in this archipelago of condensed apartment buildings and where, at least traditionally, several generations live together. These are not the decrepit North American motels where extramarital affairs take place and where villains in…

NEWS

Why Tokyo Disneyland’s Space Mountain Announcement Was a Great Power Move

On April 27th, The Oriental Land Company surprised everyone with the announcement that they would give Tokyo Disneyland’s popular Space Mountain ride and Tomorrowland a new modern look. Space Mountain will close in 2024 and reopen three years later at an estimated cost of 56 billion yen (about 429 million dollars with the current yen…

The World Has Been Criticizing Japan, and That’s a Good Thing

Over the past week, many articles and posts on social media repudiated one of the most controversial rules some Japanese schools imposed: banning ponytails. The backlash is not only directed at the rule itself, but also at the reason behind it after a former teacher named Sugiyama Motoki, who has always criticized these rules, mentioned…

Tokyo to Finally Abolish Ridiculous School Rules

Some of the most ridiculous and controversial rules enforced in schools across Tokyo will finally come to an end, or at least an end of sorts, during the 2022 academic year. It all began in April 2021, when the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education started investigating rules that were deemed questionable and unnecessary, finding out…

Tokyo To See New Subway Line Extensions

Tokyo, one of the cities with the best transportation system in the world, has not seen a new extension to its subway system since the Fukutoshin Line opened in 2008 to alleviate congestion on the JR Sakyu Line, but that is about to change soon. After many years of planning that started with different proposals…

HOW TO

How to Spot the Differences Between Cherry, Plum, and Peach Blossoms!

It’s that time of the year again! Japanese gardens, rivers, and streets in spring are always surrounded by so many beautiful flowers, and it can sometimes be easy to mistake any pink flowers you happen to spot and believe they are the famouse cherry blossoms (sakura). In fact, even people in Japan who every year…

Lost in Lust: The Incredible World of Japanese Kinky Love Hotels

There is something absolutely fascinating about Japanese love hotels. Catered to adults and devoted exclusively to sex, they offer a calm oasis in this archipelago of condensed apartment buildings and where, at least traditionally, several generations live together. These are not the decrepit North American motels where extramarital affairs take place and where villains in…

TRAVEL

Why Are Teenage Girls Going Out With Older Men?

When it comes to human trafficking, one might usually think of impoverished countries where laws are not enforced and politics are full of corruption. However, many first world countries are in fact important source transportations and destinations when it comes to human trafficking. This can be something that many citizens tends to overlook as they…

The Craze Behind Osaka’s Creepy Clown: Kuidaore Taro

Dōtonbori (道頓堀), Osaka (大阪) is home to some of the region’s most famous symbols and landmarks. Most of these landmarks are associated with restaurants, such as Kani Dōraku’s (かに道楽) giant moving crab that hangs above the restaurant door, seemingly waving to customers going inside. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Louie (@aus_dish_travels)…

TOKYO

Why Are Teenage Girls Going Out With Older Men?

When it comes to human trafficking, one might usually think of impoverished countries where laws are not enforced and politics are full of corruption. However, many first world countries are in fact important source transportations and destinations when it comes to human trafficking. This can be something that many citizens tends to overlook as they…

Lost in Lust: The Incredible World of Japanese Kinky Love Hotels

There is something absolutely fascinating about Japanese love hotels. Catered to adults and devoted exclusively to sex, they offer a calm oasis in this archipelago of condensed apartment buildings and where, at least traditionally, several generations live together. These are not the decrepit North American motels where extramarital affairs take place and where villains in…

KYOTO

Spending a Great Day in Kyoto: Arashiyama and Kinkakuji

Without a doubt, Kyoto has become one of tourists’s favorite cities in Japan because of its intact and well preserved cultural heritage sites. The city contains numerous shrines and temples, and it’s surrounded by beautiful nature that turns into vibrant shades of red in autumn or delicate blooms of white and pink in spring. There…
koe-donuts

koe donuts – an Ethical Donut Shop in Kyoto Designed by Kengo Kuma

Donuts have become a staple in people’s lives as an easy to go-to dessert and meal in one. Due to the dessert’s popularity, there has been a flux of donut specialty shops flooding the streets of every major city worldwide. However, many of these are casual shops focused on convenience and the donut’s image as…

HOKKAIDO

The Best Place to See Cherry Blossoms in Hokkaido!

It’s that time of the year again when people start wishing for winter to end and spring to come soon. Spring is, indeed, one of the enjoyable seasons to cherish in Japan. But with so many parks in the country, it becomes hard to know which one provides that coveted authentic Japanese spring experience. If…