By shinden114

Shizue Kato: Japan’s First Great Feminist

Japan is not world famous for being the most progressive country in terms of women’s rights. Just last year a female member of The Diet (the Japanese legislative body), was shouted at as she gave a speech about women’s rights. One of the other members of the Diet yelled, “Go get married!” But Japan has…

What Makes Japanese Such a Difficult Language to Learn?

Before coming to Japan I studied in an institution that provided 6-12 week language learning programs in over 100 different languages. There was a story commonly told of a student who was studying Spanish and was having a hard time and wanted to quit. The teachers met together to discuss how to handle this student…

Aum Shinrikyo: The Cult Behind the Sarin Gas Attacks

On the quiet morning of March 25th, 1995, the subway trains were moving along regularly in the complex Tokyo subway system, brimming with office workers, students, housewives, and children heading to school. On five different trains, sarin gas was let loose, killing 12 people and injuring over 1,000 others. The terrorists? Members of an extremist…

Why Did Japan Join Forces With Germany During World War II?

After President Obama’s recent visit to Hiroshima, my heart was warmed to see how much Japan and America’s relationship has grown from bitter enemies to great friends. While there are, of course, hard-liners in both countries that try to continue fanning the flames of hatred, much of the wounds inflicted by histories greatest and most…

Check Out 7 of the Best Podcasts to Learn All About Japan the Fun and Easy Way!

I think that podcasts are one of the best ways to learn new things about virtually anything. There are thousands of podcasts available in nearly every language and there are a plethora of podcasts available to teach you more about Japanese history, culture and the language. Here are a few of my favorites. jp.fotolia.com/ Language…

3 of the Best Pizza Places in Osaka to Satisfy those Deliciously Naughty Cravings!

I believe that pizza is the greatest creation that humankind has yet made. When the aliens come to our little blue and green planet to conquer us and blow up our national monuments, they will taste pizza and immediately reverse their policy, and invite us into whatever federation of planets there is out there. All…

Everything You Know About the Samurai Is Wrong?

Many years ago, in high school, I was a total otaku. I loved JRPGs, anime, and most of all samurai. I have always loved the idea of a lonely warrior who can match wits as well as blades. So, naturally I fell in love with anime such as the classic Ruroni Kenshin series, and when…

Why the Russo-Japanese War Is the Most Important War You’ve Never Heard Of

The Russo-Japanese War is one of the most important wars not only in Japanese history but world history. It was a true David vs Goliath type tale of tiny little Japan, who had just recently ended its policy of isolation and the colossus of the Russian Empire! This was one of the first wars of…

A Look Back at Chrono Cross: the Underappreciated JRPG Classic

What’s With All the Hate? After spending almost 1500 words absolutely gushing about my favorite video game ever, Chrono Trigger, I got to thinking, “What about the sequel?” Chrono Cross was released very late in the original PlayStation life cycle. While it was a critical hit, gaining nines and tens from most reviewing sites, it…