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Saitama City: A place where sport and culture unite

  Heading to Kumagaya Stadium during your time at the Rugby World Cup this year? Saitama City is just a stone’s throw away, and it’s a great destination for sports fanatics looking to explore a local, welcoming city—one that loves sports as much as they do. Saitama City is just a 40-minute train ride from…

“Taking the Plunge”: Perspectives from a Seasoned Expatriate in Japan

Despite never having met Brad, there was almost an expected sense of familiarity before meeting. I knew we shared some kind of common background hailing from the same alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin; his firm Texan handshake and relaxed demeanor only served to confirm my expectations. He suggested a Japanese restaurant within…

The 3 Best Tokyo 2020 Olympics Hotels That Haven’t Sold Out Yet

Over a year out from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, many accommodation options are sold out. Both domestic and international demand to see the Olympics has driven up prices to outrageous levels as people scramble to reserve the last hotels on the market. These 3 hotels offer the most reasonably-priced accommodation without sacrificing quality and…
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Potential Attractions For The 2020 Olympics

With the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan has been undergoing many changes in preparations for the games. These changes won’t feel too sudden for local residents, but as the world comes to Japan in 2020, visitors may find themselves seeing a rapidly changing Tokyo. We should expect Japan to flaunt its sophisticated infrastructure,…

Meet the Cute Official Mascots of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo!

As with any other Olympic event, there would be official mascots to help celebrate the games, and the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo have recently announced theirs. As expected, they are cute! The two mascots are the creations of Ryo Taniguchi, a Japanese character designer and illustrator born in 1974. The Olympic Games…

Why Is Mao Asada, One of Japan’s Top Figure Skaters, Retiring at an Early Age?

Since the morning of April 10, 2017, one particular topic regarding a certain athlete’s retirement has been making its rounds on Japanese news programs. Many people were surprised with the sudden announcement that was made as Japan’s figure skating star, Mao Asada (浅田真央), decides to leave the ice rink at 26. Who is Mao Asada?…

Discover the Wonders of Nagano on the Road to Zenkoji Temple

The road to Zenkoji (善光寺), one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Japan, is an easy one. Situated in the beautiful Japanese Alps, a convenient, regular, 80-minute bullet train links Tokyo with Nagano City (長野市), the capital of the Nagano Prefecture (長野県) and the gateway to this seventh-century icon. Nagano Unlike Zenkoji, Nagano City…

4 Things to Know About the Japanese Footballer Known As ‘The Jaguar’

Having just recently scored a backheel goal in the Rio 2016 Olympics, this 21-year-old player is set to be one of Japan’s brightest rising star in soccer. Takuma Asano Barely anyone outside of Japan has heard of the name Takuma Asano. He was a normal regular player in the J1 League up until July 2016…

Meet Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan’s Young Award-Winning Figure Skating Prince

If the ice rink is the battle arena for kingship, Japan’s 21-year old Yuzuru Hanyu (羽生結弦) will undeniably be among the top candidates for the crown. In fact, he’s already the king of the ice rink in the making! His reputation as Japan’s figure skating prince isn’t just a mere title befitting his young age…

On Thin Ice: Figure Skating in Japan and Some Popular Japanese Skaters

Figure skating is an extremely popular sport in Japan. When the winter season comes rolling in, many people switch on their TVs to watch the skating competitions and root for their favorite skaters. Twitter is suddenly filled with various skating-related Tweets, and when the likes of Yuzuru Hanyu successfully land a quadruple axel or two,…