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…

Basic Japanese Vocabulary and Useful Sentences to Ride Japanese Train

Although it is perfectly possible to visit and survive in Japan without learning the language, it definitely makes life a lot easier when you know some basic vocabulary. It can build bridges between you and the people you meet, and make requests and actions, which you may take for granted back home where there is…

The 4 Mythical Beasts Guarding Japan’s Cardinal Directions

When it comes to myths, folklore, and legends, Japan is a country with a lot to offer. From stories based on local traditions up to those derived from foreign influence through cultural assimilation, the country has developed a rich collection of tales that are mirrored in today’s pop culture. View this post on Instagram A…

5 Japanese Beauty Products for Makeup Lovers!

Ladies, I am pretty sure you have heard about how great Japanese makeup products are. You have always wanted to buy some, and in the end you find yourself standing at the makeup department of a drugstore completely mesmerized with colorful and shiny beauty products. “Which one should I pick?”, “They all look so cute…

Why Are Elderly People in Japan Shoplifting?

Numbers don’t lie: there is a trend going on in Japan that is seeing the number of elderly people committing petty crimes go up. Among these crimes, the top one is shoplifting. Upon seeing these numbers, researchers and demographers became puzzled as they tried to come up with a good hypothesis that could explain the…

5 Japanese Things Visitors Find Amazing

Ancient castles, breathtaking views, and rich culture, there are many things tourists love about Japan. However, many tourists also fall in love with Japan for other reasons, reasons they actually notice as they travel across Japan. So what are the top five things that tourists find surprising about Japan? 1. Washlets jp.fotolia.com/ There are two…