Fashion CEO Sexually Harasses Women For Years & Is Not Punished: #MeToo in Japan

Japan is being rocked by another scandal concerning the #MeToo movement. The newspaper The Asahi Shimbun has reported that Yasuharu Ishikawa, the CEO of Stripe International Inc., had been accused of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct multiple times-In. However, the company decided not to punish him. The news has been spreading like wildfire across social…

What Do Japanese Think About Filipinos?

According to the Ministry of Defense, Filipinos are the 3rd or 4th largest foreign population living in Japan (depending on the year, it continues to be a toss-up with Vietnamese residents), and they have had a long and strong presence in the country. The number of Filipinos living in Japan had increased in the late…

Can’t Tell a Cherry Blossom From a Plum Blossom? 10 Differences to Look Out For

Cherry blossom and plum blossom trees are iconic for their pink(ish) flowers and are deeply rooted in culture especially in Japan, Korea, and China. Plum blossoms, however, are less significant in Japan when compared to cherry blossoms. However, originally it was plum blossom that were admired and celebrated in the royal court of Japan and…

Canon or SONY? Yodobashi or Bic? Useful Tips to Buying a Camera in Japan

Japan is a well-known creator of many brilliant cameras and has many established manufacturers which were founded in the country. These include top companies such as Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and Fujifilm. For a camera geek, Japan would appear to be a match made in heaven. However, buying a camera in Japan is not necessarily as…

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…

Find a job! Check out the “Job placement seminar” event.

There are many people who are working in Japan, but want to change to a job that better suits them, with better conditions, and more profitable. However, changing jobs is never easy. In fact, when in a foreign country and culture there are so many important things you might not know, but are crucial to…

Have a Magical Time at the Tokyo Disney Parks With These 11 Tips!

What do Anaheim, Orlando, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai have in common? If one were only thinking the powerful cities of Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, many answers would emerge; but adding Orlando and Anaheim to the mix narrows down the options. Sure, many tourists consider Anaheim to be part of Los Angeles…

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…