Fake News: How People Foolishly Rushed to Buy Toilet Paper

Interesting developments have been taking place ever since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools across Japan were going to close from a long period of time starting Monday, March 2, as a way to try to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country. by Martin Danker View…

What Do Japanese Think About Filipinos?

According to the Ministry of Defense, Filipinos are the 3rd or 4th largest foreign population living in Japan (depending on the year, it continues to be a toss-up with 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…

Women Sake Masters in Japan Brewing Up a Storm!

“Alcohol is a man’s thing” you might hear today. But what women say to that is “hold my beer”! by Zoria Petkoska According to the World Health Organization statistics men in Japan do drink more on average and are heavier drinkers, but that doesn’t mean they are the only alcohol consumers out there. What is…

3 Delicious Sweets to Eat at Hinamatsuri – The Doll’s Festival on March 3rd

On March 3rd in Japan, people celebrate the Girls’ Festival, called “HINAMATSURI”(雛祭り). On the day, people traditionally celebrate girls’ growth mainly by displaying beautiful dolls in ancient costumes of the Heian era with peach flowers in each house, and eating cubic rice crackers (Hina-arare). However, there are some popular sweets for this festival which are…

BREAKING NEWS: DISNEY Closes Doors in Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announcing closing down of all schools for 1 month, graduation ceremonies cancelled or shortened, and all large gatherings need to be limited if not completely stopped. In order to stop the virus spreading in this vital phase, many major tourists attractions in Tokyo have started closing down, and events are being…

Are Old People Being Dumped in Forests and Left to 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…

Useful Japanese Words: “Daijoubu” – and How and When to Use It

Of course, people in Japan speak Japanese, so knowing some words will help anyone coming to Japan. Or at the very least, people will appreciate you are trying to learn their language. So where does one start? Common words and expressions you may encounter include “kawaii” (cute), “samui” (cold), “atsui” (hot) “ne!” (a tag question…

Coronavirus: What Does the Tokyo Marathon’s Cancellation Mean For the Olympics?

On Monday night, it was announced that the Tokyo Marathon would be cancelled for General participants. Therefore, only about 200 elite runners would be allowed to participate in one of the world’s most important marathons. As for the 39,000 people who were set to run, they’ll be allowed to do so in 2021 as long…

Kintsugi: The Traditional Japanese Craft and Its Important Message

When something is broken, do you immediately throw it away or do you mend it? When it comes to our favorite possessions, we probably repair the broken things and try to make it appear as if an accident never occurred. Many people will use glue, clay, or other molding products to make broken items look…

Love Manga? Here Are 4 Manga Museums in Japan That You Should Check Out

Many travelers include museums in their trips as they are the perfect places for purposeful leisure. For people traveling to Japan who are interested in Japanese comics or manga, there are also several manga museums across the country that you can visit. In addition to finding current manga anywhere around Japan, these museums take you…