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7 Ways to beat the Summer Heat in Japan

Japanese Summers are notoriously hot and humid. It’s the same story every year: After the coldness of Winter, we all look forward to that...

Renewing a Working Visa in Japan

Today is one of those days... The day most expats in Japan dread almost as much as going to the Doctor or Dentist. At...

Enjoying the Magnificent Beauty at Shiba-Sakura Flower Festival

Mt. Fuji is the eternally revered, quintessential symbol of Japan - as is the Sakura (Cherry Blossom) flower. Combine those two, and you get...
Chris Evans in his directorial debut

Chris Evans’ Directorial Debut Becomes Available In Japan

Known mostly for his portrayal of Captain America (which is breaking box office records with "Civil War" right now), Chris Evans has fought his...

Yana: Fishing with Your Hands

Ayu, sometimes translated as "sweetfish" is a small freshwater fish that is prized for it's sweet and savory flesh. In the summer months it...

How to describe pain to your Japanese doctor

The word itai meaning "painful" is one of the first words one picks up living in Japan. That versatile little word can be used...

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...