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Learn All About the ”Legendary Toilet Ninja”: Ukifune Jinnai!

Let’s face it: ninjas are totally awesome! Japanese history is replete of the epic exploits of legendary ninjas throughout the ages. Names like Hattori Hanzo, Goemon, and other famous ninjas are well known throughout the world. But there is one ninja who might be more awesome than any other for sheer audacity, cunning, and smell……

Japanese Scary Stories: Teke Teke

Every country has multiple ghost stories and scary urban legends. Kids and teenagers, in particular, enjoy sharing these stories when they do things like attending parties, school club events, or school retreats. The practice is so common that we often see scenes from movies or television when kids sit around a campfire and tell scary…

Why Does Japan Have So Few Trash Cans in Public Areas?

In many countries, public places such as city streets and local parks have a large number of easy to spot trash cans where you can easily dispose of your drink container, gum wrapper, or sandwich wrapping. However, one thing that soon becomes apparent to many travelers after being in Japan for any length of time…

Why Do So Many Japanese People Sleep On The Train?

I have been teaching English in one of Osaka’s most prestigious high schools for years. Despite it being one of the best high schools in the prefecture, I noticed a big problem in one of my classes. Whenever I entered the classrom, I would find that 20 to 30 percent of my students were sleeping…

Top 15 Places to Buy Souvenirs in Tokyo Japan

Traveling to Japan is an amazing experience where you can see breathtaking nature and impressive historic buildings, experience thrilling festivals, sample delicious local food, and shop until you drop. Shopaholics would probably agree that cities like Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo have enough shopping centers, themed and specialty stores, and shopping streets to last a lifetime!…

Make Your Own Realistic Food Replica in the Fake Food Capital of Japan

Almost every city in Japan has a dish or specialty they can boast about. Gujo (郡上), however, is famous not for its cuisine, but for its food replicas. If you’ve ever been to a Japanese restaurant, or merely passed one on the way, you will have seen the plastic foods displayed at the entrance. Very…

The Real Truth Nobody Ever Told You About the Attack on Pearl Harbor

All of us know the story of Pearl Harbor. America was isolationist and wanted nothing to do with the World War II that was raging in Europe. Japan and Germany were working hand in hand to spread throughout their respective spheres of influence. A small part of the Japanese government, knowing that America was their…
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My ALT Experience In Kawagoe

Working as an AET (specifically, an assistant English teacher) in a Japanese public junior high school was a challenging experience that stretched me, and gave me a broader set of teaching skills and experience. At first, I started out working in a couple junior high schools in Adachi-ku, the ward of Tokyo I first lived…
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Ume Blossoms and Hanami: Best Spots to View the Plum Blossoms in Japan 2019

Is almost spring in Japan and when you think of spring, cherry blossoms are automatically associated with this beautiful season where everything comes back to life and we see the world in beautiful colours after a long, gloomy winter. However, in Japan, the ume(plum) flower is actually the first sign of spring as they blossom…

4 Popular Dessert Shops You Need to Visit in Osaka

Osaka is known as the food capital of Japan, and for good reason. From savory sweets to exotic flavors, you can find all kinds of tasty foods here. But if you have a sweet tooth that never seems to be satisfied, here are four popular dessert shops you need to visit in Osaka! 1. Rikuro…