CULTURE

1972: Why Did Japan’s Marriage Rates Peak That Year?

Marriage rates in Japan are not great, having declined from 1973 to the mid 80s before seeing an increase that paled in comparison to the numbers seen in the 60s and early 70s. Fast-forward to 2021, and marriage rates in Japan continue to be sluggish for multiple reasons, including how the Japanese working culture and…

Saying Goodbye to Two Architectural Icons

Tokyo is an ever-changing city. Japan’s seismic activity and the high costs of maintaining older buildings usually mean that developers prefer demolishing buildings and erect new ones. This has of course also resulted in a problem for Tokyo, which continuously struggles to maintain its heritage. After already losing some of its most iconic gems in…

Why Does Japan Think Birth Rates Will Plummet in 2026?

In 1966, after years of stable fertility rates, Japan experienced a sudden drop in the number of children being born; but what exactly happened in 1966 that would lead to that? The blame falls on “Hinoe-Uma”, which translates to “Fire Horse”, but what exactly is “Hinoe-Uma”? Hinoe-Uma is one of the many Japanese superstitions, and…

Japan’s Most Popular Sex Museum!

Atami (熱海) is a city located on the coast in Shizuoka Prefecture (静岡県) of Izu Peninsula (伊豆半島). It is adjacent to Tokyo (東京) and Hakone (箱根), making it one of the most frequented cities in the region. Thousands of tourists visit Atami every year, discovering its famous onsen (温泉; hot springs), museums, and culture. View…

LIVE AND WORK

What Do Japanese Think About Filipinos?

According to the Ministry of Defense, Filipinos are the 4th largest foreign population living in Japan, being recently surpassed by Vietnamese residents, and they have had a long and strong presence in the country. The number of Filipinos living in Japan had increased in the late 90s to the numbers seeing today. However, many of…

5 Important Things to Do in Case a Huge Earthquake Hits Japan

As you may know, Japan is a country where earthquakes happen very frequently. More than 10 years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, also known as the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, and there are still aftershocks like the one that occurred on February 13, 2021. View this post on Instagram A post shared by…

Finding Work in Japan: The Positive and Negative Experiences

This article is about my experience as a teacher in Japan and about Kindergartens here and I will try to touch both the positive and negative aspects about working in Japan as an English teacher along with a few tips and information on how I applied, what you should know and what you should prepare…

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

Japanese gardens in spring are always surrounded by so many beautiful flowers that it can sometimes be easy to mistake any pink flowers you happen to spot as the famous cherry blossom (sakura). In fact, even people in Japan who every year go to parks to appreciate the beauty of sakura can at times mistake…

NEWS

Saying Goodbye to Two Architectural Icons

Tokyo is an ever-changing city. Japan’s seismic activity and the high costs of maintaining older buildings usually mean that developers prefer demolishing buildings and erect new ones. This has of course also resulted in a problem for Tokyo, which continuously struggles to maintain its heritage. After already losing some of its most iconic gems in…

The Olympics No One Wants

The Asahi Shimbun is one of the most prestigious and widely circulated newspapers in Japan. The Asahi Shimbun is also an official partner of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and it decided to join the many voices that are critical of the Olympics. Now, the Asahi Shimbun is calling for the games to be cancelled. The…

Town Spends 25 Million Yen Of Relief Money On a Squid Statue

Now here’s an interesting story that has people wondering whether they should laugh or cry. The town of Noto in Japan has spent 25 million yen ($228,500), that were given to the town as relief money during the pandemic, on an enormous squid statue. The tourism and hospitality industry in Japan has been struggling, seeing…

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5 Important Things to Do in Case a Huge Earthquake Hits Japan

As you may know, Japan is a country where earthquakes happen very frequently. More than 10 years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, also known as the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, and there are still aftershocks like the one that occurred on February 13, 2021. View this post on Instagram A post shared by…

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

Japanese gardens in spring are always surrounded by so many beautiful flowers that it can sometimes be easy to mistake any pink flowers you happen to spot as the famous cherry blossom (sakura). In fact, even people in Japan who every year go to parks to appreciate the beauty of sakura can at times mistake…

TRAVEL

Japan’s Most Popular Sex Museum!

Atami (熱海) is a city located on the coast in Shizuoka Prefecture (静岡県) of Izu Peninsula (伊豆半島). It is adjacent to Tokyo (東京) and Hakone (箱根), making it one of the most frequented cities in the region. Thousands of tourists visit Atami every year, discovering its famous onsen (温泉; hot springs), museums, and culture. View…

Hoshizuna Beach: Okinawa’s Star Sand Beach

Okinawa Prefecture is well-known for its beautiful, pristine beaches that each year are gathering more attention from overseas tourists and hoteliers. One of the many islands that form part of the Okinawa is called Taketomi-jima, and on its northern shores there is a small beach called Hoshizuna-no-Hama, which literally translates to ‘Star Sand Beach’. If…

TOKYO

6 Activities to Truly Experience Japanese Culture

Whether it’s about exotic foods or groundbreaking discoveries, Japan has continued to make news around the world, especially now that Tokyo is set to host the most awaited 2020 Olympics. If it’s your first time coming to Japan and you want to experience its culture, here are seven must-try activities, and all available in Tokyo!…

5 Ways to Spend the Christmas Season in 2020 in Japan

Just like other countries in the world, Japan celebrates Christmas in a fun and festive way. Though the holiday is quite new, not traditionally Japanese, and it is not based on any religious reasons, it is still celebrated with a lot of excitement. Everyone being in a festive mood, and a lot of businesses catering…

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…
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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…