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Hoping For Peace: the Hibakusha (Atomic Bomb Survivors) and Obama’s Speech

On Friday, May 27th, Barack Obama became the first sitting US President to visit Hiroshima after the US dropped the bomb there nearly 71 years ago. In his speech at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, he called for a “moral revolution” and a world free from the threat of nuclear warfare. He mentioned the surviving…

A Tokyo Cat Cafe Has Been Temporarily Suspended

It is no secret that cats are loved in Japan. From the multitudes of cat cafes and cat-inspired costumes, cats are popular pets that Japanese find cute. In honor of cats, there is also a Cat Day which is celebrated every year in Japan on the 22nd of February. More often than not, cats are…

How Did a University with 3,000 International Students Cope with the Kyushu Earthquakes?

※The content in this article has been translated from this interview by Nikkei Business Online On April 14th, 2016, an earthquake struck the center of Kumamoto prefecture in Kyushu and the surrounding area. In Kumamoto, the deaths of over 40 people have been reported, Aso Ohashi has collapsed and damages to various places have arisen.…

How Does an Earthquake Really Feel? A Personal Account of the Kumamoto Earthquake

The frequent natural disasters that happen in Japan are certainly off-putting for foreign visitors and ex-pats, especially if you come from a country that never suffers from them. Moving to Kumamoto, I felt secure in the knowledge that, as some locals put it, ‘earthquakes never happen here’. The last major earthquake in Kumamoto was 120…
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All About Sakura in 2017: From Gorgeous Locations to Crazy Items and Food

The sakura season is already upon us! In certain regions of Japan, the iconic flower has already begun to bloom, drawing visitors from all over the world. Likewise, our sakura-related articles here on Japan Info have received plenty of visitors as well! For those of you who want to know everything there is to know…

Learn How to Read Japanese the Fun Way With Buzzfeed Japan!

When you are learning a new language, textbooks and test materials can get dull at some point. It is best to keep your study material fresh and interesting! I mean, how many times can you read an example of a garbage calendar in order to practice for the JLPT test, or read a passage about…

News Web Easy: A News Website to Improve Your Japanese Skills!

“I have studied Japanese for many years, but still do not understand when listening to NHK. What should I do?” Does this question sound familiar to you? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. In fact, having learned Japanese for a few years does not mean that we can communicate like a native.…

What’s New? 3 Best Japanese News Websites

Being up to date on Japanese news can be an uphill task. If you don’t speak the language, understanding the standard newscasts can be hard. If you can’t read Kanji, forget the local newspapers. To most foreigners, especially those new to the country, newspapers are just squiggles and pictures, leaving you guessing the latest gossip.…

4 Years After the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami: Tohoku Now

The tragic earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku may still seem fresh for many of you. It was the most disastrous phenomena which occurred last March 2011, killing and injuring numerous people in Japan. It was the strongest earthquake ever recorded in the area. I remember being at home that time and started panicking when the…