Coronavirus: What Does the Tokyo Marathon’s Cancellation Mean For the Olympics?

On Monday night, it was announced that the Tokyo Marathon would be cancelled for General participants. Therefore, only about 200 elite runners would be allowed to participate in one of the world’s most important marathons. As for the 39,000 people who were set to run, they’ll be allowed to do so in 2021 as long…

Kintsugi: The Traditional Japanese Craft and Its Important Message

When something is broken, do you immediately throw it away or do you mend it? When it comes to our favorite possessions, we probably repair the broken things and try to make it appear as if an accident never occurred. Many people will use glue, clay, or other molding products to make broken items look…

Love Manga? Here Are 4 Manga Museums in Japan That You Should Check Out

Many travelers include museums in their trips as they are the perfect places for purposeful leisure. For people traveling to Japan who are interested in Japanese comics or manga, there are also several manga museums across the country that you can visit. In addition to finding current manga anywhere around Japan, these museums take you…

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…