2016 July

Good News, Perfume Fans! Here Are Additional Tour Dates Plus Cosmic Explorer Tour Goods!

The popular techno-pop trio, Perfume, is currently having their tour right now across Japan! Along with the concert, they’re bringing concert goods for their fans! For people who don’t know Perfume, who are they? Perfume is a techno-pop unit hailing from Hiroshima, Japan. They are Nishiwaki Ayaka or A-chan, Kashino Yuka or Kashiyuka, and Omoto…

Hana Yori Dango: A Touching Japanese Drama Series

If you’re familiar with Meteor Garden, then you must also be familiar with the Japanese version entitled “Hana Yori Dango” or “Boys Over Flowers.” The Japanese version stars popular Johnny’s idol from ARASHI, Matsumoto Jun, Inoue Mao, Oguri Shun, Matsuda Shota, and Tsuyoshi Abe. The drama series was based on the shoujo manga of the…

Behind the Constitution: 3 Reasons For and Against Japan’s Rearmament

After the end of World War II, and under occupation by a foreign military, Japan wrote a new constitution. One of the most controversial parts of the new constitution is Article 9 which states: “ARTICLE 9. (1) Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as…

First-Time English Assistant Language Teacher in Japan? Here are 5 Things You Should Know!

More and more people are planning long-term overseas experiences in Japan that involve teaching English as their vehicle. After speaking with a current Assistant Language Teacher (ALT), it inspired me to share some of the valuable lessons she’s learned along the way, which might help others embarking on the same journey. Although experiences may vary,…