20 ‘Japanglish’ Words That Can Be Useful To Know and Confusing If You Don’t

Just as how you use the word “anime” as you talk with your friends about Pokemon, or say the word, “sushi” when you come across a Japanese restaurant in your hometown, the Japanese also have their fair share of borrowing words from other languages. As English is an international language, the Japanese throughout the years…
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5 Manga Genres that May Interest You!

Unlike western comic books, Japanese manga can target a really specific part of the population according to its genre. In fact, the audience may vary from elementary school kids, teenage girls, teenage boys, young adults to much older and so on. This is one of the great things about manga: anyone can find what they…

Fan of Arashi’s Ninomiya? Did you know he’s Getting Married?!

The well-known member of the highly successful Japanese boy band Arashi(嵐), Kazunari Ninomiya, is the first one in the band to officially get married! The happy news are legit, as it was announced by Arashi’s managing agency yesterday (November 12th, 2019). View this post on Instagram A post shared by 桜島ビジターセンター【公式】 (@sakurajima_visitorcenter) on Nov 12,…

What’s the Difference Between a Geisha, a Maiko, and a Geiko?

Geishas and maikos are world famous for being some of the most long-standing examples of Japanese culture and tradition. The art of being a geisha is something that is still practiced today – unlike other Japanese traditions or professions such as samurai, they withstood the test of time. These beautiful entertainers have been around for…

Foreign Tourists Are Misbehaving, and Japan Is Not Pleased: What’s Going On?

For many years, Japan had been a country that foreign tourists overlooked. This might seem a bit funny at first, considering how influential Japanese cuisine, manga, anime, video games, and technology have been. It was not uncommon to see Western media talk about Japan and the wonders of The Land of the Rising Sun, from…
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K-Pop Vs J-Pop

You have recently heard a lot about “K-Pop” or “J-Pop” but those words sound extraterrestrial to you? Or you are simply a curious fan willing to always know more about your favorite musical genres? Then follow us, you are at the right place! In this article, we will start from the roots of both genres…

Why Don’t the Japanese Give Priority to the Elderly on Public Transportation?

People are often impressed and overwhelmed by the manners and politeness of the Japanese. But when riding public transportation such as trains or buses, things get turned on their head. It’s not hard to see perfectly healthy-looking people sitting on the seats while there are some elderly standing. This happens even in the PRIORITY SEAT…

Apartment hunting in Tokyo? Things to Be Careful About

Trying to find a decent yet affordable apartment to rent is a nightmarish struggle in almost every city. On top of that, when you try and rent an apartment in a foreign country where there’s a language barrier, the whole experience gets even more arduous. Tokyo has its own issues and different rental market rules,…

Simple Guide to the Japanese Kimono

Kimono, or literally “the thing to wear” refers to a Japanese traditional outfit. The standard plural of the word kimono in English is “kimonos”, but the unmarked Japanese plural kimono is also sometimes used. A kimono is a t-shaped wrapped garment with long and wide sleeves worn so that the hem falls near to the…