“Urushi”: the Beautiful Art of Japanese Lacquerware

There are many beautiful and preserved craft techniques in Japan that have withstood the erosion of time and remain precious traditions today. A good example of this would be the handmade kimono, and especially “kuro montsukizome”, the art of applying dark black dye that was almost forgotten but revived by using it with modern clothing.…

New Year’s Day: The Time When Japan Sees Many Hospitalizations and Even Deaths

Inside Tokyo’s luxury hotels the champagne bottles are empty and the canapés are gone. End-of-year parties have come to an end, and a whole new year has officially started. New Year’s Day is a very important national holiday in Japan. It’s a day to relax and enjoy with one’s family, and people likely already prepared…

Merry Chris… KFC?!?- Why Does Japan Associate Christmas With KFC?

Have you ever wondered how Japanese people celebrate Christmas? After all, Christmas is not a national holiday, and less than once percent of the population are Christians. Nevertheless, Christmas has had a huge impact in Japan with a big exception when compared to other countries that celebrate this holiday: there is absolutely no religion attached…

Temporary Loan: Emergency Funds for Foreigners

Have you checked them yet? Because of a shortage of workers due to its population decline, Japan has been accepting foreign workers from all over the world. Under the COVID-19 circumstances, however, both Japanese and foreign workers have been suffering from low income or unemployment. To help them during these financial difficulties, the government has…

Why Has Japan Been Spared the Worst of the Pandemic?

According to the world statistics for COVID-19 , as of November 2020, Japan’s Total Cases per one million inhabitants ranked number 152, and the total deaths per one million stood at number 148 among 219 countries and territories in the world. However, Japan never enforced a lockdown or penalties for not wearing a mask outside,…

Lost in Lust: The Incredible World of Japanese Kinky Love Hotels

There is something absolutely fascinating about Japanese love hotels. Catered to adults and devoted exclusively to sex, they offer a calm oasis in this archipelago of condensed apartment buildings and where, at least traditionally, several generations live together. These are not the decrepit North American motels where extramarital affairs take place and where villains in…

Why Are Teenage Girls Going Out With Older Men?

When it comes to human trafficking, one might usually think of impoverished countries where laws are not enforced and politics are full of corruption. However, many first world countries are in fact important source transportations and destinations when it comes to human trafficking. This can be something that many citizens tends to overlook as they…

What’s Omiai? – Japan’s Take On Arranged Marriages

Arranged marriage is a practice which is both controversial and a historically significant societal function. Not so long ago, arranged marriage was very common in all parts of the world. Marriage was more of a contract than anything else, and was common and expected among all classes and cultures. Marriages up until around the 18th…

3 Important Things to Know Before Adopting a Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu gained popularity around the world due to the story of the loyal dog, Hachiko, whose statue has become one of the most important meeting points in Shibuya among both locals and foreigners. However, Hachiko was actually an Akita breed, but the Shiba Inu also gained popularity from that story because both the…

Learn All About the ”Legendary Toilet Ninja”: Ukifune Jinnai!

Let’s face it: ninjas are totally awesome! Japanese history is replete of the epic exploits of legendary ninjas throughout the ages. Names like Hattori Hanzo, Goemon, and other famous ninjas are well known throughout the world. But there is one ninja who might be more awesome than any other for sheer audacity, cunning, and smell……