by Zoria

5 Anime for Absolute Beginners to Binge-watch

by Zoria Petkoska If you’re here you probably already know how cool anime is, so let’s skip that whole thing. The Japanese animation industry is a super machine, churning out amazing anime for everyone’s taste. However, anime is mostly aimed at a Japanese audience, and the fact that anime is so internationally popular still draws…

Useful Info About COVID-19 in Japan: Hospitalization, Work Protection and more

The novel coronavirus or COVID-19 is raging around the planet, affecting everyone’s lives. With the virus still being researched as it spreads, information and measures are quickly changing, depending on the data. Here are some official resources: The World Health Organization JNTO Advisory regarding COVID-19 – useful and constantly updated information on visa policy changes,…

Japan Vs. Teleworking During the Covid-19 Pandemic

by Zoria Petkoska The Novel Coronavirus pandemic is disrupting every facet of life around the globe, and humanity is scrambling to react and adapt our fragile systems. Japan is behind countries like its neighbours China and South Korea, as well as countries in Europe, both in covid-19 cases but also in taking measures to contain…

Coronavirus Caution 2020: Tokyo Tourist Attractions Closures (updated)

Information as of March 24th 2020. Updates will be added to this article. UPDATED March 24th 2020 by Zoria Petkoska The coronavirus or COVID-19, as it is known in the science community, has led to an unprecedented lockdown of many Chinese cities, followed by safety measures undertaken in Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, South Korea…

What is Obama City in Japan All About? Much More Than You Think

Back when Barack Obama was the president of the USA, Obama city in Fukui prefecture, Japan, decided to ride that wave of name recognition. The omiyage with the president’s face was popping up everywhere, the lucky coincidence of the two names helping propel the small Japanese seaside town to newfound fame. Now that Barack is…

Women Sake Masters in Japan Brewing Up a Storm!

“Alcohol is a man’s thing” you might hear today. But what women say to that is “hold my beer”! by Zoria Petkoska According to the World Health Organization statistics men in Japan do drink more on average and are heavier drinkers, but that doesn’t mean they are the only alcohol consumers out there. What is…

BREAKING NEWS: DISNEY Closes Doors in Japan

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announcing closing down of all schools for 1 month, graduation ceremonies cancelled or shortened, and all large gatherings need to be limited if not completely stopped. In order to stop the virus spreading in this vital phase, many major tourists attractions in Tokyo have started closing down, and events are being…

Eating Bugs in Japan – What? Where? When? WHY?!

by Zoria Petkoska If you have ever been online (what am I even saying?! You ARE online right now!) you have seen a snapshot of bugs being eaten somewhere in Asia. And NOT accidentally, like when a gnat flies into your moth by mistake! Stalls and stalls with skewered scorpions, stir fried mealworms, even… OMG…

3 Almost Secret Tokyo Daytrips – Authentic Local Experiences

by Zoria Petkoska The Tokyo metropolis spans out in all directions endlessly, so much so that you might not notice where Tokyo ends, and another prefecture begins. The excellent public transport system acts as the urban glue, so Tokyoites can reach the nearby mountains and beaches without ever having to drive. Therefore, a day trip…

All-Time Famous Japanese Writers You Should Know

by Zoria Petkoska Japan’s literary tradition stretches centuries back to the “Tale of Genji” (Genji Monogatari), the first Japanese novel, published in the early 11th century. Written by Murasaki Shikibu, it also shows women writers have been the pioneers of literature in Japan, elevating the Japanese language in the process. In those times, classical Chinese…