Tokyo Olympics

Make No Mistake About It: The IOC Is Not The Hero of This Story

by Martin Danker Against Tokyo’s objections, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made its final decision, and the consensus is simple: the IOC and Tokyo’s governor Koike Yuriko are both losers. What decision was this exactly? Well, the marathon and race walking events during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics will take place in the city of…

Did Naomi Osaka Make the Right Decision?

by Martin Danker Every Japanese person who was born with dual citizenship faces an important decision as their 22nd birthday approaches: should they choose their Japanese citizenship, or should they choose the other one. この投稿をInstagramで見る hisako(@hsk_414)がシェアした投稿 – 2019年 5月月15日午前1時23分PDT Citizenship laws can be complicated, and each country will have very different laws that can make…

New Standardized Symbols To Help Foreigners Understand Toilets In Time For The Olympics

The 2020 Summer Olympics event is fast approaching in Japan, and a huge influx of foreigners is expected as the event draws near. Some major problems that visitors may face in visiting the country include the language barrier and cultural differences. Another factor is the use of toilets. Toilets in Japan are generally more elaborate…

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…

Find Your Olympian Sports Potential at This Prestigious University in Tokyo!

Japan is one of those countries which never ceases to showcase its talent in any major sports event. The Japanese are keen on sports such as judo, gymnastics, athletics, wrestling, ski jumping, speed skating, and others. Tokyo hosted the 1964 summer Olympics and it is all ready to host it for the second time in…

What Is ‘Telework Day’ and How Will It Ease Traffic Congestion in Japan?

Japanese people have a stringent work style. It is very common for employees to work long hours every single day. With many people commuting to work on a daily basis, it puts a heavy burden on traffic conditions. Because of this, a campaign has recently been made to designate July 24 of every year towards…

This Service Takes Care of Your Luggage While You Explore Tokyo!

What do you usually do when you arrive in Japan too early for your hotel check-in time? Most people probably want to look around and explore. However, it’s a big hassle walking around when you have big suitcases with you. There’s actually a new online service called “Ecbo Cloak” which lets you find a cafe…

16 Hilarious Pictograms are Being Used in Iwate Prefecture for Tourists

It can be difficult for foreigners to get around in Japan due to the language barrier, as many locals are not well-versed in English. With the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, many more foreigners are expected to make a visit to Japan. As such, authorities are making efforts to reduce the language barrier and make tourists…

Want To Know What You Are About to Eat in Japan? Get this App!

Many people are already feeling the buzz of the upcoming 2020 Olympics here in Japan, even with 4 years to go before this great event actually happens. The preparations for the event can be felt in numerous aspects of life ranging from subjects like language to food. These efforts are all in place to minimize…

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Preparation: Revamping of the JR Harajuku Station

The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics is a largely anticipated event that will take place in a couple more years. In preparation for this grand event that will be watched worldwide, it had been announced on the 8th of June, 2016, that the JR Harajuku Station will be undergoing renovation. View this post on Instagram Harujuku…