Did Naomi Osaka Make the Right Decision?

by Martin Danker Every Japanese person who was born with dual citizenship faces an important decision as their 22nd birthday approaches: should they choose their Japanese citizenship, or should they choose the other one. この投稿をInstagramで見る hisako(@hsk_414)がシェアした投稿 – 2019年 5月月15日午前1時23分PDT Citizenship laws can be complicated, and each country will have very different laws that can make…

Japanese Tattoos: The Meaning of Irezumi and the Most Popular Japanese Tattoo Motifs

Many people have tattoos that symbolize things that are important to them, such as people, places, or nostalgic memories. Tattoos have different meanings around the world; for example, they have held different significant meanings in various tribes and religions for years. Nowadays, in most western countries, they are considered to be simply personal body art.…

Real Halloween Pumpkin Field in Tokyo

Halloween has come a long way from Ireland to America from Pagans to Pumpkins and now celebrated and recognized across the globe, including Japan. The link between Halloween and Pumpkins photo-ac.com/ Originally, it’s believed that on this magical all hallows eve the glowing Jack-O-lanterns were carved from turnips and gourds, and lit with coal. But…

Nearly 20,000 foreign children are at risk of “illiteracy” in Japan!

Japan is the country known for their top-ranking education in Asia, also instilling the good manners in Japanese people that the world admires. In recent years, the number of foreigners living and working in Japan has increased, leading to a boom of services aimed at foreigners. These include the Japanese language schools that have been…

An Interview with Itochu: Learning About International Business

If you know anything about the Japanese economy, you may have heard about the zaibatsu, companies that were able to embed themselves in many parts of the Japanese economy. While these business conglomerates no longer exist in modern Japan, their integration models have inspired many businesses to pursue that same level of reach and stability.…

Halloween 2019 in Shibuya: New Rules After 2018 Incident

by Zoria Petkoska The spontaneous Halloween bash that has been going on annually for several days around October 31st in Shibuya might never be the same again. The street party is a Tokyo legend, being free in every sense of the word… until now. What happened in Shibuya Halloween 2018? In 2018, according to the…

Do You Hate Babies On Planes? Japanese Airlines Are Here For You

by Martin Danker Dramatic stories about people who complained about the babies they had to sit next to during a long flight are far too common, from this model who was criticized after posting an Instagram Story complaining about a baby , to this passenger who was kicked out of a plane for refusing to…

How did Halloween Become so Popular in Japan?

View this post on Instagram A post shared by 31 Nights Of Halloween (@31nightsofhalloween) on Sep 22, 2019 at 2:03pm PDT It is September, and from the very first weeks of this month, you have probably been seeing many shops and street corners being decorated with Jack-O-Lantern and other orange and purple colored miscellaneous decorations.…