by Zoria

Why Don’t the Japanese Give Priority to the Elderly on Public Transportation?

People are often impressed and overwhelmed by the manners and politeness of the Japanese. But when riding public transportation such as trains or buses, things get turned on their head. It’s not hard to see perfectly healthy-looking people sitting on the seats while there are some elderly standing. This happens even in the PRIORITY SEAT…

Tokyo Fashion on Instagram – Who to Follow

Tokyo is undoubtedly a fashionable city – whether it’s quirky and experimental street fashion, Harajuku fashion tribes, kimono fashion, or Japanese fashion designers that are world famous. Even beyond fashion influencers, it seems every uniform is well designed, casual clothes styled elegantly, even the armies of office workers looking smart in their black suits. Starting…
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Visual Kei’s Most Iconic Bands – The J-rock Sub-genre That Took Over the World

by Zoria Petkoska Before J-pop or K-pop were ever a thing, the world was going crazy for J-rock and its more glammed up sub-genre Visual Kei (the Japanese cousin in the Goth family). There have been past debates between particularly passionate fans over separating J-rock and Visual Kei completely, with outsiders mistakenly taking them for…
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Surviving Japanese Summer: Tips and Lifesaving Products

  by Zoria Petkoska The unbearable heatwaves are globally getting worse and even before that, Japanese summers have been notorious since forever. Almost every iconic anime or film has a summer scene of people almost melting into the tatami like Dali’s clocks, while cicadas blare in the background. The scene might also have a hardworking…
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Planting the Seed of Beauty: Rice Paddy Art and Where to See it in Japan

Nazca Lines in Peru and Cerne Abbas Giant in the UK are amazing large scale works with long history. Rice field art in Japan comes close in that it has a similar scale, but it is transient – disappearing with the harvest. And in that it perfectly embodies the Japanese concept of “mono no aware”…

Japanese Cooking Trends on Social Media: #stayhome Food Aesthetics

Traditional Japanese food has always been as pretty as it’s tasty, becoming recognized as an Intangible UNESCO Cultural Heritage. From the perfectly arranged shapes and colors to reflect the seasons, the style of every little plate and cup, to sushi bites and the Japanese cute take on pastries, every time you buy food it will…

5 Super Easy Japanese Dishes Anyone Can Cook at Home

Have you referred to yourself as a disaster in the kitchen? Don’t worry, not everyone is a master chef, but what anyone can be is capable of feeding themselves. Of course, you can feed yourself by ordering pizza, picking up some take out, or simply buying bento lunch box from the convenience store. But there…

Top 10 Most Popular Neighborhoods to Live in Tokyo in 2020

Tokyo is the dream for many, aspiring to live in one of the world’s biggest and busiest cities, along with over 13 million in the heart of Tokyo (38 million people if you count in the Greater Tokyo area). However, once IN Tokyo, where exactly is the best place to live? It’s really hard to…