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How to find fireworks festivals around Japan

OK, I'll admit, this article is a bit late actually. But we just launched our site last week, right in the middle of hanabi...

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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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...
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Mountain Day in Japan

Today marks the first official “Mountain Day”, a new public holiday in Japan, to celebrate and give reverence to….you guessed it…. mountains! This is...
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...

How to refer to your spouse in Japanese

What you call your spouse in private is your own business, but how you refer to them in public can be a more complicated...

French Nationals in Japan Dealing with Recent Tragedy

Being away from your family, friends, and loved ones is never easy.  It's especially difficult if you live in a country with a culture that's...

Big in Japan – John Baumlin

It's not easy following your passions and becoming successful at turning them into your profession. A pipe dream for many, but a reality for...
Emergency personnel carrying wounded people from the wreckage

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...

Undokai and Anarchism

If you are a parent in Japan and you have attended your child's undokai (運動会) or school sports day, then guess what: You're an...

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