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Big in Japan: Tony Torres

If there are still modern renaissance men (in Japan), Tony would be their leader. Take one part Puerto Rican, one part mad cyclist/foodie, pepper...
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Big in Japan – Stephen Carter

Many people come to Japan with the expectation of staying only for a short time, and many do go back home or move to...
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Homeschooling in Japan

Anyone who's visited Japan or seen enough Japanese culture can imagine education in Japan is taken pretty seriously. Kids can be seen in uniform...
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Big in Japan – Robb Shannon (Nagoya)

Nagoya is already well known for its truly unique cuisine. You either love it or hate it, and there aren't too many people who...
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Japan’s First LEGOLAND Opens in Nagoya

LEGO hold a very special place in many people’s hearts. Whether it’s the promise of a truly creative outlet for young minds, or the memory...

Should Tattoos Continue to be Banned From Onsen in Japan?

Spring and early Summer means relaxation, travel, and for many people, it also means a visit to an Onsen (温泉; natural hot springs).  As a volcanically active country,...
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What to do in an Earthquake in Japan

First you feel a little, almost imperceptible, movement. Just as you start to dismiss it as a figment of your imagination, it very quickly...
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Japan Implements the “My Number” System

My Number, Your Number, or the Government's Number?  Is it a mandatory number?  While many people wonder, if it will be used to encumber; there's...

Deck The Halls with…lots of Kentucky Fried Chicken???

The days are getting shorter, the temperatures cooler, and the decorations brighter. Yep, it's Christmas time again, and people all over the world are...
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The Sound of Wa

The term "wa" (和) literally means peace or harmony, and is the fundamental building block of Japanese society.  It implies a peaceful unity and...

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