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W.M. Vories: The Kansas Boy Who Became a Famous Japanese Citizen

If you were to visit the beautiful lakeside town of Omi Hachiman in gorgeous Shiga prefecture, you might notice that much of the architecture is not very Japanese. It might look very different. That is because many residential areas, government buildings, and over 1,000 different buildings and houses were built by an untrained American missionary…

Ahoy, Matey! All You Need to Know About the Awesome Pirates of the Japanese Seas

What image comes to mind when someone says the word “pirate”? You probably think of Jonnie Depp in a crazy costume swinging from the mast of a ship swinging his cutlass and having great adventures in the beautiful Caribbean waters. Our cultural image of pirates has been mostly made up of the romanticized stories of…

Snatcher: Get to Know Hideo Kojima’s Little-Known Gaming Masterpiece

Hideo Kojima has worked for nearly 30 years making some of the greatest games ever made. Each of his games has pushed the envelope thematically, in gameplay, and scope. Most people know the games in his Metal Gear franchise, but many people don’t know one of his more little-known masterpieces, a game called ‘Snatcher’. Do…

Is Gambling Really Illegal in Japan?

Gambling is a hobby of many and an addiction for some. As a native to the beautiful desert land of Las Vegas, Nevada, land of the some of the greatest casino/resorts in the world, I am well accustomed to the exciting, and sometimes seedy world of gambling. For me, seeing craps tables and slots in…

Gamers Ready? Here is the Top 10 Japanese Role Playing Games of All Time!

Japan is arguably most famous worldwide for its video games. Japan took gaming and sent it into the stratosphere. Gaming was popular in the 80’s but it really became what it is today, because of Japan. Companies like Nintendo, Konami, Square, SEGA and much more helped to bring gaming into mainstream culture in the 80’s…

Can Japanese Dating Sims Really Help With Your Relationships in the Real World?

When I first came to Japan in the mid-2000’s, there was one thing that shocked me more than anything else: dating sims (in Japanese these are referred to as ‘ren’ai’ simulations). Now, today because of YouTube and the Internet we all know about dating sims, but back then I had never heard of dating sims,…

Meet Japan’s Supervolcano that has the Power to Destroy the World!

In the quiet, beautiful area of Southern Japan just on the edge of Kagoshima, sits the Sakurajima volcano. Underneath this beautiful, picturesque area lies a hidden danger – a danger that could cause the end of humanity. The end of civilization as we know it. That is because it is part of the beautiful, dangerous,…