The Art of Drainspotting: What Is It?

When we travel, we are always looking straight ahead at the sights, shops, and people around us. But have you ever thought to take a look down at the ground? Don’t miss the unexpected works of art you can stumble upon in the form of unique Japanese manhole covers! Here is an introduction to three…

Why Do So Many Japanese People Sleep On The Train?

I have been teaching English in one of Osaka’s most prestigious high schools for years. Despite it being one of the best high schools in the prefecture, I noticed a big problem in one of my classes. Whenever I entered the classrom, I would find that 20 to 30 percent of my students were sleeping…

A Japanese Problem: Why Are Elderly People Shoplifting?

Numbers don’t lie: there is a trend going on in Japan that is seeing the number of elderly people committing petty crimes go up. Among these crimes, the top one is shoplifting. Upon seeing these numbers, researchers and demographers became puzzled as they tried to come up with a good hypothesis that could explain the…

Naomi Osaka and Mizuhara Kiko Have No Time For Racists

Naomi Osaka and Mizuhara Kiko have no time for racists. Period. After police officers killed George Floyd, Black Lives Matters protests started taking place across cities around the world, including rallies in Osaka and Tokyo. People have also been vocal about Black Lives Matter online, using platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. George Floyd’s death…

Summer Activities in Japan – What Can You Still Do Despite the Pandemic?

By now it’s common knowledge that the best way to avoid being infected with coronavirus is keeping away from each other, and staying home as much as possible. But on the other hand, for keeping a better immune system, sunbathing and overall wellness are a must for people’s health as well. So, even in times…

Resuming Life In Japan: The Essential Items People Carry With Them To Work

After the state of emergency was officially lifted in Japan’s largest cities, life seemed to slowly go back to normal. Trains are getting more crowded each day, more people are starting to go to restaurants and coffee shops, and the days of telework have been reduced. by Martin Danker The transition to normal life is…
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Surviving Japanese Summer: Tips and Lifesaving Products

  by Zoria Petkoska The unbearable heatwaves are globally getting worse and even before that, Japanese summers have been notorious since forever. Almost every iconic anime or film has a summer scene of people almost melting into the tatami like Dali’s clocks, while cicadas blare in the background. The scene might also have a hardworking…

The Most Successful Japanese Song of All Time

There is an old song English speakers know as Sukiyaki, and it has a remarkable story. After leaving a band to seek a solo career under Toshiba Records, Kyu Sakamoto recorded the song, known in Japan as Ue o Muite Arukō (Look Up As I Walk), and it became the number #1 hit in the…

Understanding Japanese Working Culture

Most people know that the Japanese working culture is hard in terms of the amount of working hours and attention to details. If you want to get a job in Japan or work in a Japanese company in your country, understanding the culture and environment beforehand will be beneficial. View this post on Instagram A…
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Planting the Seed of Beauty: Rice Paddy Art and Where to See it in Japan

Nazca Lines in Peru and Cerne Abbas Giant in the UK are amazing large scale works with long history. Rice field art in Japan comes close in that it has a similar scale, but it is transient – disappearing with the harvest. And in that it perfectly embodies the Japanese concept of “mono no aware”…