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How NHK Makes Television for the World: Behind the Scenes of imagine-nation

Camera operators adjust their equipment routinely in preparation for the filming of an episode of imagine-nation.   The tension in the air lifts as director Suzuki signals a cut with a quick “arigatou gozaimasu.” Hosts Chiaki Horan and Nicholas Pettas relax their careful stance while the soundscape fills with the rearrangement of studio cameras and…
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Comprehensive Guide: Where to buy original GameCube controllers in Japan

A boxed original GameCube controller found tucked onto a shelf above eye level in BEEP @ Akihabara. With the recent release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch, original GameCube controllers have become hot commodities. Production of new controllers has stalled, and among the Smash community some consider these new controllers slightly inferior…

Travel to Japan Even If It Seems Intimidating

I’ve been living and working in Tokyo, Japan, for two months now and the question I’ve gotten the most from family and friends is, “how have you managed it?”. By this, they mean how did I just pack my stuff up, start traveling around Japan and not be totally lost. I’ve had people mention to…
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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…
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Reasons to Live and Work in the Japanese Countryside and Small Towns

by Zoria Petkoska Even the hardcore city-lovers have days when the urban jungle is suffocating, overwhelming, energy-draining enemy. It makes a lot of us think about ditching city life for more comfort, but ultimately we are scared of the unknown. And the city is our playground and we play well on most days. Photo by…
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“Slurp Route” to the best curries in Tokyo

Tokyo has the highest number of Michelin star restaurants in the world for a reason. Japan and its people’s consumption of locally grown products, dedication to traditional culinary practices, versatility, creativity and craftsmanship – are all the cornerstone of Tokyo’s culinary scene. They also love the novelty of the ingredients used across foreign cuisines, so…

57 Killed in Japanese Heatwave. 15,000 Deaths Expected In 2100

The last week of July marked the official end of the rainy season. This year, the rainy season that usually takes place in June, came in late. As a result, rainy days extended to most of July, with the heat and humidity associated with Japanese summers just looming around the corner. As soon as the…

A Conversation with Joe: Navigating Burnout and Family Life in Japan

Each time I sit down with a foreign professional in Japan, I can’t help but think what a treat it is to talk with them. Each person offers not only vast amounts of insight into the industry and culture of Japan today, but also that of the last dozen years. It is one thing to…

“Taking the Plunge”: Perspectives from a Seasoned Expatriate in Japan

Despite never having met Brad, there was almost an expected sense of familiarity before meeting. I knew we shared some kind of common background hailing from the same alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin; his firm Texan handshake and relaxed demeanor only served to confirm my expectations. He suggested a Japanese restaurant within…