Comic Art Tokyo

When it comes to comic book conventions, Japanese fans have been setting records for decades. For instance, the world renowned San Diego Comic-Con with...

Instant Fun with New Polaroid Snap and Zip

Remember the good 'ole Polaroid instant cameras of yesteryear? Long before the age of selfies and instant gratification, there were these cameras (a marvel...
Playing Rock Paper Scissors in Japan

The Decision-Making Powers of Janken

Picture this scene... You're at an Izakaya with your mates, all having a great time. It's towards the end of the evening when everyone...

Why are there no Empresses in Japan?

The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women made headlines recently after deciding to remove criticism about Japan's male-only imperial succession. The...
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Experiencing The Real Escape Game in Tokyo

"I escaped from a viciously clever puzzle room, and helped to solve a paranormal mystery" was probably not the answer my co-worker was expecting...

Pageantry of the Penis

Japanese artist and activist Megumi Igarashi, known commonly by the name Rokude Nashiko, made headlines two years ago when she was arrested for attempting...
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Where were you on 3/11/2011? Part III: Achim

A lot can happen in 5 years. It's actually quite amazing how fast time flies in Japan. It's already been 5 years since the...

Where were you on 3/11? Part II: Adam

On the 5 year anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters that befell northeast Japan, we pause to reflect on how those events...
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Job Hunting Season in Japan – Shuukatsu

It's almost that time of year again when you'll see many recent graduates in their best black suits, roaming the streets to attend interviews...
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Tokyo Serves up Lactation Bars

Your eyes have not deceived you! That title does, indeed say what you think it does. Falling straight into the "only in Japan" category,...