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On Shaky Ground

I still remember it very clearly... I was sitting in my apartment, working on the computer, when I felt a gentle swaying. I thought...

5 Mind-Baffling Myths That Are Commonly Held in Japan

Call them myths, wive’s tales, pseudoscience, or just plain bullshit. Every country has beliefs that fly in the face of science. Take the US,...
Male Adoption in Japan

Continuing a Legacy

Male Adoption in Japan Here’s something that might come as a big surprise to most people: Japan has one of the highest adoption rates in...

What’s so “nama” about Nama Beer?

After work one sweltering summer day, you and your coworkers slip into an izakaya to tip back a few pints before heading home. The...
Craft Beer in Nagoya

Crafting a Revolution

Although sake might be the first alcoholic drink that comes to mind when you think about Japan, beer has been the most popular alcoholic...
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Is Tokyo The World’s Most Livable City?

Over 13 million people (30 million including the surrounding areas) people can't be wrong! Ask any Tokyoite what their favourite city in Japan is...

The Art of Celebrating Summer in Japan

Attending one of the many Summer Festivals in Japan -By Achim Runnebaum The word Matsuri (祭) in Japanese means holiday or festival, and is synonymous with...
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Traveling On The Cheap in Japan

The Seishin 18 Kippu Japan undoubtedly has one of the best transportation Networks in the World. Fast, efficient, friendly service, and reliable, are some of...

Pixels and Pint Glasses: Retrogaming Bars

Sometimes you wanna’ go, where everybody knows your game Life seemed a lot easier back in the 80s and 90s, but that's probably because I...
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Where Is The Love?

Young people saying no to intimacy in Japan -by Achim Runnebaum Youth, as they say, is wasted on the young, and anyone above the age of...