2017 September

3 Great Reading Practice Materials for Intermediate Japanese Learners

When learning Japanese, it is crucial that you keep using what you’ve learned all the time, else you will oftentimes find yourself forgetting things. One of the best ways to relax and also practice Japanese is to read, whether it be a book, manga, or the news. However, as an intermediate student, it can be…

6 Interesting Facts About the Ainu, the Indigenous People of Japan

Most people associate the people of Japan with the modern ethnic majority. Just like how modern-day Americans descended from those who originally emigrated from Europe, the modern Japanese person has descendants from Korea if you go back far enough. Japan’s indigenous population, the Ainu, however, is relatively unknown, and their culture and language are on…

Experience the Thrill of Battle at This One-Of-A-Kind Fighting Festival in Himeji

When we hear or see the word “Himeji,” the first thing that comes to mind is the beautiful white facade of Himeji Castle. Every autumn, a fierce fight takes place in the same city as this castle. Behold the battle of mikoshi and yatai at the Nada Fighting Festival! Nada Fighting Festival The Nada Fighting…

Good News for Expectant Mothers! UNIQLO Japan Now Offers Maternity Clothes

Good news for expectant mothers! UNIQLO Japan has recently launched their maternity clothing line which will help pregnant women feel comfortable in their clothes for nine months. The clothing comes in stretchy fabrics which will provide comfort and ease of movement. This new area of apparel is a response to the growing number of the…

Have a Memorable Stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto with These 3 Cultural Activities

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is a sophisticated hotel famous for providing guests with authentic Japanese cultural experiences. It is set in a quiet area of Kyoto capable of drifting guests into total tranquility. As of the time being, the hotel is offering guests three new unparalleled cultural guest activities that will make their stay in Kyoto…

3 Fantastic Things to Do in Yonaguni, Japan’s Westernmost Inhabited Island

Yonaguni, a tiny island belonging to Japan just 125 km away from Taiwan’s coastline, is a must-visit place because of its unique attractions. Part of the Yaeyama Islands, which is located in Okinawa Prefecture, Yonaguni enjoys isolation and a variety of flora and fauna. Here are three things to do in this far end of…

4 Unique Convenience Stores in Japan Where You Can Shop for Specific Needs

Usually, when you think of LAWSON, you picture the convenience stores with the blue signboard which are scattered all across Japan. However, did you know that there are other LAWSON stores like LAWSON STORE 100 whose aim is to sell cheaper products? These niche stores target different demographics. If you are interested to know about…

Check Out This Exciting Fullmetal Alchemist Exhibition in Osaka This November!

Osaka is a fun city in the Kansai region that is very famous for its delicious street food, highly energetic comedians, and friendly locals. It is also home to the gorgeous Osaka Castle and Universal Studios Japan. There always seems to be something happening in this city that locals and visitors can enjoy! This November…

Are You Health-Conscious? This Japanese Convenience Store Is Perfect for You!

7-Eleven is very popular around the world as a leading convenience store chain selling all your daily needs. In Japan, there are others that are equally brilliant such as LAWSON, FamilyMart, and so on. Japanese retail chain stores or mini-marts are highly regarded as one of the best with commendable service and quality amenities which…

Do You Know These 5 Japanese Entertainers Who Showed Some Skin to Make It Big?

For geinin (芸人) or entertainers in Japan, fame is fleeting. You could be the most talked about person in Japan, but six months later, people talk about how nostalgic they feel after hearing your name or gag in conversation. In the past few years, the worst offenders of these popularity explosions are comedians who use…