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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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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...

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...
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Iaido–The Ancient Art of Swordsmanship Entering a New Age

For those who have never heard the word, Iaido is a Japanese martial art which trains you, in both body and mind, how to...

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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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...

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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Traveling On The Cheap in Japan

The Seishin 18 Kippu Japan undoubtedly has one of the best transportation Networks in the World. Fast, efficient, friendly service, and reliable, are some of...

Getting an International Driver’s License

A few years ago, I was hired to translate for an engineer who was being sent to the US to meet with customers. I...

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