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…

Hikikomori: the Phenomena of People in Japan Isolating Themselves

As many as over a million young people in Japan are thought to remain holed up in their homes, sometimes for decades at a time, a phenomena known as ‘hikikomori’. Why is that? In Japan, hikikomori, a term that’s also used to describe the young people who withdraw, is a word that everyone knows. The…

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…

Will Japan Be the Second Country in Asia to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage?

Will Japan Be the Second Country in Asia to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage? That is the question members of the LGBTQ+ community have been asking themselves since a groundbreaking in Sapporo deemed that the government was violating Article 14 of the Constitution. The Sapporo District Court reached this decision despite Article 24 stating that “Marriage shall…

It’s Here! Super Nintendo World Opening to Put Pressure on the Disney Resort

It’s finally here! After all the anticipation, Super Nintendo World has officially opened. At first, with the government’s Go To Travel Campaign suspension and subsequent states of emergency, it came as a surprise that Universal Studios Japan (USJ) was not moving the opening date of the Super Nintendo World. As the saying goes, the show…

Why Sega’s Departure From The Arcade Business Is The End Of An Era

On November 5, Sega Sammy announced that it would sell all of its arcades. Sega Sammy, the partner company of Sega Entertainment, said it would sell 85.1% of its shares in Sega Entertainment to Genda Inc, an amusement machine company. The move comes months after Sega closed its iconic Akihabara arcade in August due to…

Japan and the Big Head Conundrum: Why Do People Want a Small Face?

Have you ever heard someone from Japan tell someone esle, particularly a foreigner, that their face was very small, often with a tone of jealousy and admiration? For those coming from Western countries, this might seem like a very strange and confusing comment that is difficult to discern. If you were told that your face…

Ohaguro: Why Did the Japanese Dye Their Teeth Black?

The unique practice of ohaguro is a very traditional dyeing process in Japan whereby teeth are dyed black. Of course, this practice has all but died out now, and nowadays people both in Japan and around the world wish for the whitest teeth they can get. Teeth whitening is a normal process and an increasingly…

Do Families Truly Leave Grandparents in Forest So They Can Die?

A young man looks at his mother. The frail, old woman can no longer walk long distances and usually spends her days inside the house with the family. Her hair has turned white, and the foggy mist in her eyes indicates that she is losing her vision. Her son really loves her, but does not…

UNIQLO vs. Feminists: How A Bad Decision Turned Into Online Outrage

Japanese giant UNIQLO has found itself in some controversy due to its Musée du Louvre collection. The collection features some of the most famous artworks displayed at the Louvre. The collection is quite simple, and something that art aficionados could easily enjoy. The collection as such is fine and seemingly harmless, but UNIQLO ended up…