by julia

A Quick Introduction to Understanding the Riddles of Kabuki

Kabuki is one of the famous well-known aspects of Japanese culture, yet for many non-Japanese, Kabuki remains a mystery. The exaggerated movements and oddly done make-up are more baffling than the archaic Japanese that the actors are using. Now, some Kabuki theaters offer English translations for its foreign fans, but the language is only half…

3 Down-to-Earth Tips For Ladies Looking for Love in Japan

You have it all. Looks, education, passable language skills, the perfect apartment in a big city, the best job: all the conditions are right for love. You are so ready for a boyfriend. You try bars, friends introduce you to their friends, more bars, maybe a group meet up, more bars with no luck. OKCupid?…

Behind the Borrowed Holidays of Japan

Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Halloween, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day; commonly celebrated holidays in North America and Europe but only recently have gained popularity in Japanese society. For a country more than 2000 years old and well set in its ways, why is it that Japan has started to suddenly gain holidays so quickly? Christmas…

4 Drugstore Medicines to Cure Your Ills in Japan

Whether you live in Japan or you are traveling in Japan, there is a likelihood that you might get sick. You can probably get by without seeing a doctor, but a trip to a pharmacy without any background knowledge in Japanese is merely a waste of time as there will be practically no written English…