By shinden114

A Great Card Game That Will Help Teach Japanese Kids English

If you are living and working in Japan (or plan to), there is a very good chance that you are teaching English. I have been teaching English here for the better part of a decade. I have taught every level and type of student. Teaching children are particularly enjoyable. My favorite age group is 8-12-year-olds…

“Oishii! Umai!” Are Japanese People Obsessed With Food?

If you have ever spent any time watching Japanese TV, you will notice that 90 percent of it is dedicated to food. Food TV shows, cooking shows, comedians reacting to delicious food, comedians reacting to disgusting food, comedians touring their favorite eating places, etc., etc., etc… Why? Are Japanese people obsessed with food? Food is…

Are Japanese RPGs Finally Making a Comeback?

If you grew up in the 1990s like I did, you might remember how we all thought, “Only Japan makes great games.” Most of the great game companies were Japanese and they were exporting their best games all over. For me, I love old-fashioned Japanese role-playing games (JRPG) in the vein of Final Fantasy, Dragon…

10 Strange Things That the Japanese People Invented!

Japan can be a strange place sometimes. In any country you visit, you are going to find products that seem odd but Japan seems to have a lot more of these than you can find anywhere else. So here is a list of some of the strangest items that you can only find in Japan!…

Japan’s Gas Mask Island: Not As Bad As It Looks!

You live on a tiny island off the coasts of some of Japan’s biggest cities. Your little town only has about 3000 residents. Everyone knows each other intimately. Your little island has some beautiful beaches and is famous for its taiko drum performances. You live an idyllic life. Until a horrifying alarm, that can be…

Japan’s Ultra Secret World War II Super Weapon: Balloons

The world’s first intercontinental weapons system (meaning that it was a weapon that could be launched from one continent and reach another) was first used in World War II. This weapon system carried its payload for over 5,000 miles (8,000 km). This would be the world record for nearly 50 years. You might think that…

A Quick Guide on How to Customize Your Starbucks Beverage in Japan

Starbucks might be the largest coffee shop chain in the world, and Japan is no exception. Starbucks is huge here. If you are in one of Japan’s larger cities, you are probably just a stone’s throw from one. And because most Starbucks have free Wi-Fi, it is a great place to check your email, do…

Meet Chibatman – Japan’s Own Dark Knight

Batman is the greatest hero in the DC Comics universe. He rides around the city of Gotham fighting crime and bringing justice to the citizens. Sadly, Batman does not exist in real life. While in Japan, the very last thing you would expect while driving around would be to see Batman driving next to you,…

The Imposter Prince and an Imperial Wedding Scam?!

In April of 2003, the wedding celebration of Prince Satohito Arisugawa and his bride Harumi Sakamoto were held. The celebration had all the splendor, pomp, and circumstance one would expect of a royal wedding. The Prince was dressed in a dashing traditional military uniform. The bride, a former announcer, was dolled up in a traditional…

‘Engrish’: 3 English Mistakes Most Japanese People Make

Anyone learning a new language makes a lot of mistakes. For example, I once tried to talk about religion with a Japanese friend. I wanted to talk about, “religion as a spiritual experience.” The Japanese word for spiritual is “reiteki” but I misspoke and said “seiteki.” So what I said instead was, “religion as a…