Get on your Bikes and Ride!!!

Cue the hit song Bicycle by Queen... Ready?  "I wanna ride my bicycle..... I wanna ride my bike.... (I know you're singing it in your...

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...

Big in Japan (Nagoya) – Adam Demby

Hey folks, this Month's installment of Big in Japan features a truly uniquely eclectic drummer from New Jersey in the US. I met Adam many...

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Are Fax Machines Inseparable from Japanese Society?

When you think of Japan, you think of big, modern cities, advanced technology, robots that serve you Ramen, some of the fastest broadband services...

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When you were a kid and your parents told you not to do something but you did it anyway, that's just youthful stubbornness. When friends...

Two Halves make a Whole

The word Hafu (ハーフ)refers to someone of mixed-race in a mostly homogenous society. In Japan, this term has always been widely accepted without question or 2nd...

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...

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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Several weeks ago when a friend came to visit, we decided to go to the convenience store to pick up a few beers. Being...

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