By shinden114

Did You Know That Japan Had Its Own Nuclear Weapons Program?

Many years ago, I attended an anti-nuclear assembly in Wakayama, Japan. This was in about 2007 or 2008, well before the March 11, 2011 earthquake that would shut down the country’s entire nuclear power program. The speaker was very much against nuclear power and nuclear development of any kind. Her speech was rather self-congratulatory as…

Has Everyone Forgotten About the JRPG Classic ‘Parasite Eve’?

In the past few years, the world of gaming has one under heavy fire from progressives and women’s rights groups claiming that female game characters are incredibly sexist. They especially point to games made in Japan where it is common for female game characters to be clad in less fabric than you might find or…

Is the New Godzilla Film Worth Watching? A Pre and Post Viewing Review

As a child, I loved Saturday mornings and afternoon tv. One of my favorite channels in the mid to late ’90s was the Sci-Fi Channel. Almost every weekend, they would play a lot of the old classic sci-fi movies or B-movies from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Some of my favorite were the Godzilla (ゴジラ)…

Saigo Takamori, the Real Last Samurai With a Fascinating Story

One of the aspects of Japan that attracts many people is samurai. Noble Japanese warriors wielding deadly weapons with codes of honor is a cool concept for many people. Although the blockbuster movie starring Ken Watanabe and Tom Cruise, The Last Samurai, was based on the true Japanese figure, Saigo Takamori, the truth does not…

Feeling Hot? Here Are 10 Cool Snacks for Those Humid Days in Japan

Japan is insufferably hot and humid in the summer. I was born and raised in Las Vegas NV. There, the summer heat cranks up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (about 44 degrees Celsius). Although the temperature is incredibly high, it is very dry. Japan, on the other hand, is both hot and humid. So how can…

Who Was “Tokyo Rose” of the WWII Radio Program for American Soldiers?

In the dark days of the Pacific War during the epic struggle of civilizations that was WWII, many American sailors and Marines would turn on their radios to listen to the dulcet tones of a program they were not allowed to listen to called “Zero Hour (ゼロ・アワー)”. This blacklisted station would play all of the…

Is Konami’s Castlevania One of the Most Underrated Game Series Ever?

One of the earliest games I can remember playing, apart from Super Mario Bros. (スーパーマリオブラザーズ), was Castlevania (悪魔城ドラキュラ). I can still remember the opening of the original game. You play as the brave Simon Belmont (シモン・ベルモント), you march to the front gates of Dracula’s castle, which you can see in the backdrop, epic music plays…

Did North Korea Really Abduct Japanese People?

Imagine sending your 13-year-old daughter out to badminton practice. The walks to and fro nearly every day are without trouble. You live in a beautiful small coastal town with virtually no crime. Your little girl leaves and never comes home – you wait for hours, then days, then years. She seemed to disappear from the…

Into JRPGs? Know the History Behind the JRPG Classic, Dragon Quest!

The Dragon Quest franchise is one of the longest running and most important JRPG franchises of all time. Its effect on the entire genre of video games cannot be overstated. The original Dragon Quest on NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) essentially created the JRPG, without it, there would be no Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Pokemon, or…

Top 3 Places to Go for Free Wifi in Japan!

Japan is a very technologically advanced country, and as such there are many places you can use wifi for free. Osaka and some other bigs cities have free Wifi hotspots, but the connection is generally pretty weak and spotty in my experience, and they often only allow you to use the wifi for short durations…