by Martin

Why Tokyo Disneyland’s Space Mountain Announcement Was a Great Power Move

On April 27th, The Oriental Land Company surprised everyone with the announcement that they would give Tokyo Disneyland’s popular Space Mountain ride and Tomorrowland a new modern look. Space Mountain will close in 2024 and reopen three years later at an estimated cost of 56 billion yen (about 429 million dollars with the current yen…

Is Yokohama Japan’s Next “It” City?

Let’s face it, Yokohama has always been an “it” city, but the city has had a major struggle that might be finally coming to an end. Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city after Tokyo and an economic powerhouse. However, its proximity to Tokyo has always been a double-edged sword. On the one hand, being so…

Why Is Ikebukuro Disliked?

Ikebukuro is one of the most bustling neighborhoods in Tokyo. The area’s popularity is attributed to the importance of Ikebukuro Station, one of the busiest stations in Japan and in the world. Ikebukuro Station serves as an important connecting point for millions of people, particularly those who live in Saitama and have to commute to…

The World Has Been Criticizing Japan, and That’s a Good Thing

Over the past week, many articles and posts on social media repudiated one of the most controversial rules some Japanese schools imposed: banning ponytails. The backlash is not only directed at the rule itself, but also at the reason behind it after a former teacher named Sugiyama Motoki, who has always criticized these rules, mentioned…

Why Are Teenage Girls Going Out With Older Men?

When it comes to human trafficking, one might usually think of impoverished countries where laws are not enforced and politics are full of corruption. However, many first world countries are in fact important source transportations and destinations when it comes to human trafficking. This can be something that many citizens tends to overlook as they…

Tokyo to Finally Abolish Ridiculous School Rules

Some of the most ridiculous and controversial rules enforced in schools across Tokyo will finally come to an end, or at least an end of sorts, during the 2022 academic year. It all began in April 2021, when the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education started investigating rules that were deemed questionable and unnecessary, finding out…

Is Tokyo at Risk of Becoming Unafforadable?

Around the world, skyrocketing real estate prices have rendered many of the biggest cities around the world completely unaffordable. In the United States, people escaping high rents in places like Austin, Texas made a move for Spokane, Washington during the pandemic just to see the city respond to the influx of people looking for more…

Japan’s Deadliest Animal

When summer nears, Japan’s most dangerous animal starts appearing in many places. We are not talking about bears, who roam Hokkaido and the northern part of Honshu. We are also not talking about the dangerous box jellyfish that shows up around Okinawa when waters start to warm. Oh, no. The beast we are talking about…

Why Do Japanese Businessmen Love Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is one of the most polarizing holidays out there for those who care. While it’s true that many people don’t pay attention to the February holiday of romance, some people do. For many couples, Valentine’s Day is the day to step up their game and plan something romantic. In Japan, much like in…

IHG Hotels Open in Iwate: Why Appi Kogen is Ready to Rival Niseko

Iwate is an unspoiled land of beautiful landscapes and a paradise for those who love winter sports. However, Iwate has long been overlooked by foreign visitors who come to Japan for its famous powdery snow. To many foreigners, the ski resorts in Hakuba, Nagano and Niseko, Hokkaido are not to be missed, but Appi Kogen…