By Yamarin

The 3 Largest Chinatowns in Japan

Areas known as “Chinatown” exist almost everywhere in the world. You can find them in North and South America and Europe, but also more down south in Africa, Australia, and also all over Asia. Japan also has its fair share of Chinatowns. In Japan, the 3 largest Chinatowns are located in Yokohama, Nagasaki, and Kobe,…

Find Out the True Meanings behind the Sailor Soldiers’ Names!

The Sailor Moon series was first released in 1992, and since then, has become one of the most beloved manga and anime series of all time. When introducing Japanese series, it is not uncommon to make certain changes in order to appeal more towards a western audience. In the case of the Sailor Moon series,…

Scary Japanese Monsters: The Snow Woman

It is safe to say that every culture has its own scary monsters. The stories and legends revolving around these beings can tell you a lot about the culture and the people of the place where the story is based. The list of scary monsters from Japanese folklore – so-called “yōkai” – is long and…

How to be funny in “JaPunese”: 10 Original Japanese Puns!

Japanese comedy is known the world over. Mostly, the international perspective of Japanese comedy centers around ‘owarai’. Owarai is basically Japanese television comedy. This varies hugely but people may be quite familiar with quiz shows, variety shows, and talent contests, which are particularly popular right now! To the west, Japanese comedy may appear quite slapstick,…

Japanese Horror: Spend a Night with Bone Woman

Let’s Get into Japanese Horror… If you are not the type to get a fright easily, you might like this scary ghost story. Basically, we are telling you now to be aware of who you might meet in the darkest of nights… This is the story of The Bone Woman (Hone-Onna). The Legend   One…

3 Frightening Japanese Monsters from Traditional Folklore

The list of legendary creatures from Japanese folklore and mythology is long. Most of them can be categorized as yokai (妖怪), a term which is made up of the Chinese characters for “bewitching, attractive” and “apparition, mystery”, and is used to describe a class of supernatural monsters. There is a wide variety of yokai in…

Love a Good Pun? So do the Japanese and Here’s Why!

Japan is renowned for its “special” humor. However, most people don’t actually know much about Japanese humor aside from the crazy game shows you might come across on TV or the internet from time to time. So, what is the Japanese sense of humor really about? What makes the Japanese laugh? Western Humor   “Western”…