JK Business: Why Are Schoolgirls 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…

Eating Bugs in Japan – What? Where? When? WHY?!

by Zoria Petkoska If you have ever been online (what am I even saying?! You ARE online right now!) you have seen a snapshot of bugs being eaten somewhere in Asia. And NOT accidentally, like when a gnat flies into your moth by mistake! Stalls and stalls with skewered scorpions, stir fried mealworms, even… OMG…

A Guide to Garbage Disposal and Recycling in Japan

In many countries other than Japan, the EU countries and some other exceptions, throwing away trash is pretty simple. Garbage is garbage, and that’s the end of unwanted items. Just put them in any container and bid goodbye to your waste. Although some efforts have been made in other countries to separate rubbish to a…

Lost in Lust: The Incredible World of Japanese 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…

Nintendo Wins. MariCar Has to Pay 50 Million Yen. Is MariCar Over?

The battle has come to a sad and bitter end for Mari Mobility Development Inc., which will have to pay 50 million yen in damages to Nintendo. The end of this saga serves as a reminder of the consequences of marketing a business using the intellectual property of another company, particularly one as protective of…

Setsubun: The Holiday Where Japanese Pelt Demons with Soybeans

According to the Japanese Lunar Calendar, ‘Setsubun’ (literally ‘seasonal division’ in English) is the day before the arrival of spring, or the day that sits between winter and spring, dividing the two seasons. It is celebrated on February 3rd usually as a part of the Spring Festival (Haru Matsuri) across Japan at all shrines and…

All About Coffee: The 7 Best Independent Coffee Shops in Tokyo

It is perfectly normal to see large groups of business people, students, and tourist amass at Tokyo’s numerous coffee shops throughout the day. It doesn’t matter if it’s morning or night, the many Starbucks, Dotour, Tully’s, Excelsior, and Cafe Veloce coffee shops that adorn many corners and subway stations with their signs, promotions, and menus…

Studio Ghibli: The (Not So) Hidden Meaning of Spirited Away

Japan is one of the world’s leading countries in the production of animated works. Although Dreamworks and Disney will no doubt come to mind when someone mentions animation, the Japanese company Studio Ghibli is renowned internationally for its feature films and other animated works such as short films and commercials. With their stunning art style…