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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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...

What happened to the Japanese love of nature?

There is a common image that Japanese people love nature. In some ways that is clearly true, thankfully. However, in various...
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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 signs that Japan is becoming a giant nursing home

With the birthrate at an all time low, and marriage rates plummeting as well, many are predicting that Japan may soon become a gerontocracy....
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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...

Why Japanese curry is so unlike other curries

When imagining Japanese cuisine, dishes such as tempura or sushi probably come to mind. However in a 2007 poll conducted by The NHK Cultural...
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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...

Getting Connected in Japan: How to find free or cheap Wi-Fi

Most travelers to Japan (along with your author) come from places where the second we hop off the plane in a new place, we...

Celebrating New Year’s – Japanese Style

As we are enjoying the last remaining days of 2015, reminiscing, and looking forward to 2016, many people are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to...

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