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Why Are Elderly People in Japan Shoplifting?

Numbers don’t lie: there is a trend going on in Japan that is seeing the number of elderly people committing petty crimes go up. Among these crimes, the top one is shoplifting. Upon seeing these numbers, researchers and demographers became puzzled as they tried to come up with a good hypothesis that could explain the…

5 Japanese Things Visitors Find Amazing

Ancient castles, breathtaking views, and rich culture, there are many things tourists love about Japan. However, many tourists also fall in love with Japan for other reasons, reasons they actually notice as they travel across Japan. So what are the top five things that tourists find surprising about Japan? 1. Washlets jp.fotolia.com/ There are two…

Hoshizuna Beach: Okinawa’s Star Sand Beach

Okinawa Prefecture is well-known for its beautiful, pristine beaches that each year are gathering more attention from overseas tourists and hoteliers. One of the many islands that form part of the Okinawa is called Taketomi-jima, and on its northern shores there is a small beach called Hoshizuna-no-Hama, which literally translates to ‘Star Sand Beach’. If…

Hikikomori: the Phenomena of People in Japan Isolating Themselves

As many as over a million young people in Japan are thought to remain holed up in their homes, sometimes for decades at a time, a phenomena known as ‘hikikomori’. Why is that? In Japan, hikikomori, a term that’s also used to describe the young people who withdraw, is a word that everyone knows. The…

The Best Place to See Cherry Blossoms in Hokkaido!

It’s that time of the year again when people start wishing for winter to end and spring to come soon. Spring is, indeed, one of the enjoyable seasons to cherish in Japan. But with so many parks in the country, it becomes hard to know which one provides that coveted authentic Japanese spring experience. If…

What Do Japanese Think About Filipinos?

According to the Ministry of Defense, Filipinos are the 4th largest foreign population living in Japan, being recently surpassed by Vietnamese residents, and they have had a long and strong presence in the country. The number of Filipinos living in Japan had increased in the late 90s to the numbers seeing today. However, many of…

3 Beautiful Films About Sakura If You Miss Japanese Springs

Japan’s cherry blossom season is a spring of inspiration for film-makers around the world, who capture and interpret this beautiful time of the year in their own style and language. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Debi NG (@goroqueen) The essence of cherry blossoms is beautifully presented in these 3 films –…

6 Katakana Words English Speakers Learning Japanese Might Find Strange

Katakana is that wonderful part of the Japanese language that makes you feel a bit stupid when you are saying an English word in a way that just feels wrong; but as most Japanese learners will know, not all katakana words came from English. Some of them are entirely Japanese creations, and some come from…

It’s Here! Super Nintendo World Opening to Put Pressure on the Disney Resort

It’s finally here! After all the anticipation, Super Nintendo World has officially opened. At first, with the government’s Go To Travel Campaign suspension and subsequent states of emergency, it came as a surprise that Universal Studios Japan (USJ) was not moving the opening date of the Super Nintendo World. As the saying goes, the show…

Why Sega’s Departure From The Arcade Business Is The End Of An Era

On November 5, Sega Sammy announced that it would sell all of its arcades. Sega Sammy, the partner company of Sega Entertainment, said it would sell 85.1% of its shares in Sega Entertainment to Genda Inc, an amusement machine company. The move comes months after Sega closed its iconic Akihabara arcade in August due to…