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…

This Website Will Help You Find a Cheaper Home, But There’s a Catch

Do you want to find a cheap property in Japan? Good luck! Japan’s real estate prices are continuing to rise, making it more and more difficult for people to become homeowners. Renting is always a popular option in the archipelago, but if you desire to live close to the city centers of major cities like…

Mask Problem Renders Student’s Exam Invalid

The National Center Test for University Admissions declared that they had invalidated a student’s score since he had ignored the supervisor’s advice and had worn his mask without covering his nose. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 青山学院大学 / Aoyama Gakuin U. (@aoyamagakuinuniversity) According to the center, the student was given six…

Japan’s Suicide Rates Increase for the First Time in 11 Years

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare disclosed that the number of domestic suicides in 2020 had reached 20,919, an increase of over 750 compared to last year. The number of deaths had been decreasing since 2010 though, 2020 representing the first increase in 11 years. It seems that the economic impacts caused by COVID-19…

5 Important Things to Consider When Giving Birth in Japan

When a positive pregnancy test, you might feel both happiness and some anxiety. Being a mother is a really big event in someone’s life and the first experience comes with anxiety of course. Not to mention giving birth in another country can add an extra layer of anxiety. Here in Japan, there are some unique…