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Are Black folks in Japan weird?

Many times when black folk see other black folk, especially in places where there aren't many of us, an almost obligatory reverse head nod...

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...

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...
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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...

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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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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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...

Lost in Translation

Upon arriving on these shores, you realise that you're definitely not in Kansas anymore. The cultural aspects aside, the language differences are a big...
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Exploring the Simplistic Beauty of Wabi Sabi (侘寂)

The daily struggle for perfection - especially on social media with its perfectly curated feeds - it’s becoming harder than ever to just take...

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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