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Why Are Teenage Girls Going Out With Older Men?

When it comes to human trafficking, one might usually think of impoverished countries where laws are not enforced and politics are full of corruption. However, many first world countries are in fact important source transportations and destinations when it comes to human trafficking. This can be something that many citizens tends to overlook as they…

Kanpai! – 7 Tips and Rules When Drinking in Japan

It’s no secret that the Japanese love to drink. Most people have been to at least one “nomikai,” usually a business- or work-related event where a group goes to an izakaya (Japanese pub or bar) to drink and bond. Although cocktails, bottled alcoholic drinks, and beer are very popular in Japan, there is also the…

What’s Omiai? – Japan’s Take On Arranged Marriages

Arranged marriage is a practice which is both controversial and a historically significant societal function. Not so long ago, arranged marriage was very common in all parts of the world. Marriage was more of a contract than anything else, and was common and expected among all classes and cultures. Marriages up until around the 18th…

The 5 Most Common Part-Time Jobs for Foreigners

When people think of moving to Japan, whether it’s on a holiday or a working visa, one of the biggest challenges is finding the perfect job. Part-time jobs are usually a great option is these circumstances, but in Japan finding a part-time job can more difficult than in other countries as most jobs require a…

3 Important Things to Know Before Adopting a Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu gained popularity around the world due to the story of the loyal dog, Hachiko, whose statue has become one of the most important meeting points in Shibuya among both locals and foreigners. However, Hachiko was actually an Akita breed, but the Shiba Inu also gained popularity from that story because both the…

Learn All About the ”Legendary Toilet Ninja”: Ukifune Jinnai!

Let’s face it: ninjas are totally awesome! Japanese history is replete of the epic exploits of legendary ninjas throughout the ages. Names like Hattori Hanzo, Goemon, and other famous ninjas are well known throughout the world. But there is one ninja who might be more awesome than any other for sheer audacity, cunning, and smell……

9 Places Every Japanese Drama and Movie Fan Should Visit!

I am a huge fan of Japanese dramas and movies. I try to keep up with the latest shows as much as possible. As a huge J-Drama fan, I would definitely love to explore and visit shooting locations of my favorite shows! If you are a huge J-drama fan as I am, I’m sure that…

How to Use the Super Convenient Coin Laundries in Japan

Laundry is something we all have to worry about, and if you travel frequently, keeping your clothes clean can be a bit of a challenge. Youth hostels and hotels may offer dry cleaning services, but these can be expensive and costs can add up quickly. Additionally, if you are living in Japan, buying your own…

Matsutake, The Most Expensive Mushroom in Japan

One mushroom highly prized by the Japanese and Chinese is “matsutake.” Japan has had a long love affair with it. However, only few people are able to eat it due to its expensive price. There are times when prices drop a little lower if there’s an optimal amount of rain, and that is probably the…

Japan vs. Employees: Is It Possible To Change The Country’s Toxic Work Culture?

One of the biggest stereotypes about Japan is that Japanese people devote their lives to their work and employers. This contains very truthful information since overworking is one of the clearest aspects of life across Japan’s biggest cities. As such, has the government taken any measures to aliviate Japan’s toxic work culture? by Martin Danker…