What Happened To The Japanese Wolf?

If you ever plan to go hiking in Japan, chances are that you will never encounter a Japanese wolf despite its depiction in art and appearances in shrines like Mitsumine Shrine. “Why’s that?” you may ask. Sadly, the Japanese wolf has been extinct for quite some time, though not so long ago. In fact, the…

Japan’s Deadliest Animal

As summer nears, Japan’s most dangerous animal will start appearing in many places. We are not talking about bears, who roam Hokkaido and the northern part of Honshu. We are also not talking about the dangerous box jellyfish that shows up around Okinawa when waters start to warm. Oh, no. The beast we are talking…

Behind the Scenes: Top 10 Japanese Animation Studios

Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks are company names that almost everyone knows. They are, in fact, animation studios that have brought us some well-known and well-loved animated productions that most of us grew up with and still continue to enjoy today. Since the early 1900s, cartoons have graced the world and been part of our lives;…

5 Super Easy Japanese Dishes Anyone Can Cook at Home

Have you referred to yourself as a disaster in the kitchen? Don’t worry, not everyone is a master chef, but what anyone can be is capable of feeding themselves. Of course, you can feed yourself by ordering pizza, picking up some take out, or simply buying bento lunch box from the convenience store. But there…

All About Gachapon, the Japanese Vending Machines that Run on Luck!

Being exasperated when playing a game or doing something that needs luck is a usual thing. But when buying something from a vending machine, we know what’s coming and that we’re getting it for sure. Unless the machine gets stuck at which point there’s the fight or flight reaction – some people kick the machine,…

Why Won’t Japanese Sit Next to Foreigners?

Picture this. It’s 8 AM and you are taking the Tozai Line to work. The train is packed. Absolutely packed. People are so close to each other they could morph and become a new creature. For some, having someone glued to their bodies like that represents a level of intimacy that is often reserved to…

Great Japanese Arts and Crafts to Try at Home

Not everyone has the years to dedicate to learn how to take care of bonsai trees (that sometimes live for centuries and are passed on from generation to generation), but there are other Japanese arts and crafts that you can try at home. Simple, cheap materials and very often you can improvise. There are tons…

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…

Why Are Visually Impaired People Dying?: One of Japan’s Current Problems

Japan is generally well-regarded because of the country’s infrastructure that puts pedestrians first. One of the most striking things when visiting cities like Tokyo, is the prevalence of tactile pavings. These tactile tiles can be found across Japan, and their predominance has made them become one of the things people associate Japan with. With that…

5 Anime for Absolute Beginners to Binge-watch

by Zoria Petkoska If you’re here you probably already know how cool anime is, so let’s skip that whole thing. The Japanese animation industry is a super machine, churning out amazing anime for everyone’s taste. However, anime is mostly aimed at a Japanese audience, and the fact that anime is so internationally popular still draws…