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Call him Abe Shinzo, not Shinzo Abe

Taro Kono, the foreign minister of Japan is making headlines by urging Western news media to portary Japanese names with the family name first and the first name second, as is done in the Japanese language. As an example, he said that Shinzo Abe’s name should be written as “Abe Shinzo”, even adding that now…
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“Do What I Say or You`ll Be Fired!” The Many Forms of Harassment in Japan

When entering the workforce, we’re all told about harassment. Harassment is a form of intimidation or pressure and in Japan, power harassment(パワハラ/Pawa Hara) and sexual harassment(セクハラ/Seku Hara)are two of the most frequent words used in Japan when it comes to someone taking advantage of their power and abusing other people. However, did you know that…

Osaka’s Famous Clown Mascot, Kuidaore Taro

Dōtonbori (道頓堀), Osaka (大阪) is home to some of the region’s most famous symbols and landmarks. Most of these landmarks are associated with restaurants, such as Kani Dōraku’s (かに道楽) giant moving crab that hangs above the restaurant door, seemingly waving to customers going inside. One of Dōtonbori’s – and perhaps Osaka’s – most famous landmarks…
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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,…

No Makeup, No Life!? What do the Japanese Think of Makeup?

Japanese people are generally regarded to be very good-looking, which is often attributed to good skincare. The key to the Japanese natural look lies within some ‘secret’ beauty products. Beauty is important, but in the process of pursuing good skin many people tend to omit or even forget to apply makeup. In many countries around…
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Hiraizumi : Pure Land Buddhism and Tohoku Pride

“夏草や 兵どもが 夢の跡”(`Natsukusa ya tsuhamonodomo ga yume no ato`) – “Grasses in summer, the warriors’ dreams… all that is left”. This poem, written by Master haikuist Matsuo Bashō after he visited the ancient temple complex of Hiraizumi, is one of the most famous writings in Japan. Located in Iwate on the banks of the Kitakami-gawa, these simple…

4 Popular Dessert Shops You Need to Visit in Osaka

Osaka is known as the food capital of Japan, and for good reason. From savory sweets to exotic flavors, you can find all kinds of tasty foods here. But if you have a sweet tooth that never seems to be satisfied, here are four popular dessert shops you need to visit in Osaka! 1. Rikuro…

Check Out This Japanese Motor Company Giving Cars Retro Makeovers!

The auto marketed is dominated across the world by exotic vehicles that attract the attention of any gearhead. While Japan attracts its fair share of international brands, domestic car manufacturers like Toyota and Honda have developed sophisticated designs as well. These Japanese car companies are noted for their original, slick, and interesting coachbuilding and engine…

Up Your Instagram Game With a Trip to Hakone!

Nowadays, lots of people consider their travel destination how well it would look online. For example, in Japan, tourists flock to “Instagrammable” spots like the Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, the famed Glico Running Man sign in Osaka, and the Fushimi Inari Shrine Torii path in Kyoto. In addition to those well-known spots in Japan, there…

5 Underrated Dessert Shops in Osaka!

Osaka City is known as the food capital of Japan, and is a place where you can find anything you could want to eat. We checked out Osaka and found five dessert shops you might not have heard about. Make them a part of your Osaka trip if you’re a foodie bent on visiting this…