by Martin

3 Reasons Tourists Overlook Nagoya

The Japanese archipelago is full of wonders. Visitors can marvel at the sights of the many temples and shrines, explore the numerous and varying natural sights, enjoy onsen and traditional ryokan across the country, and visit a plethora of cities, big and small, that offer special livestyles, architecture, and cuisines. Most international tourists tend to…

Why Are Universal Studios Japan’s News A Big Deal?

USJ (Universal Studios Japan) took the world by surprise by announcing an expansion to its Super Nintendo World area. Super Nintendo World opened in early 2021 to much fanfare, and less than one year after its opening, USJ announced that they would construct a Donkey Kong land adjacent to Super Mario Bros one. The area…

Lost in Lust: The Incredible World of Japanese Kinky 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…

Japan’s Biggest Coffee Chains

Japan has a long tradition with coffee most perfectly symbolized by the presence of kissaten in the early 20th century, which would be both tea houses and coffee shops. Some kissaten, especially those specializing in coffee, are famous and renowned for their knowledge, the quality of their coffee, and their old world atmosphere. But just…

Top Japanese Attractions Tourists Find Disappointing

Ah, tourist traps, one of the most constant aspects of traveling. Tourist traps tend to be everywhere, being promoted in travel books and Instagram, but usually offering something very different from what tourists expected. What’s more, locals also tend to avoid tourist traps, knowing that the places have evolved to become something that caters to…

1972: Why Did Japan’s Marriage Rates Peak That Year?

Marriage rates in Japan are not great, having declined from 1973 to the mid 80s before seeing an increase that paled in comparison to the numbers seen in the 60s and early 70s. Fast-forward to 2021, and marriage rates in Japan continue to be sluggish for multiple reasons, including how the Japanese working culture and…

Saying Goodbye to Two Architectural Icons

Tokyo is an ever-changing city. Japan’s seismic activity and the high costs of maintaining older buildings usually mean that developers prefer demolishing buildings and erect new ones. This has of course also resulted in a problem for Tokyo, which continuously struggles to maintain its heritage. After already losing some of its most iconic gems in…

Why Does Japan Think Birth Rates Will Plummet in 2026?

In 1966, after years of stable fertility rates, Japan experienced a sudden drop in the number of children being born; but what exactly happened in 1966 that would lead to that? The blame falls on “Hinoe-Uma”, which translates to “Fire Horse”, but what exactly is “Hinoe-Uma”? Hinoe-Uma is one of the many Japanese superstitions, and…

The Most Anticipated Additions to Japan

For tourists and residents alike, projects in Japan offering entertainment value are among the most exciting and anticipated ones. Despite a global pandemic causing havoc to many industries and halting projects, Japan is still expected to see some very big and important projects that have many people patiently waiting for and which are projected to…