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6 Things Everybody Gets Wrong About Samurai

Steeped in a long history and plenty of mystery, the Samurai 侍 have been a cornerstone of Japanese mythology since 794 AD (Heian Period).  Having fought...

Is Japanism a Religion?

If you've been in Japan for a while, you know that this place is unlike any other in the World. The term Planet Japan,...

The Town That Banned Cucumbers

I remember being a kid and having an adversity to cucumbers. Had I known about Adose-Cho (網戸瀬町) in Fukui, I would've immediately moved there....

Demonstrating (for) Peace

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...

Continuing a Legacy

Male Adoption in Japan Here’s something that might come as a big surprise to most people: Japan has one of the highest adoption rates in...

Where Is The Love?

Young people saying no to intimacy in Japan -by Achim Runnebaum Youth, as they say, is wasted on the young, and anyone above the age of...

Hunting & Gathering Truths vs. Farming Lies

Japan is a very unique country in many respects, and has even been called "Planet Japan" by some. Having been more or less isolated...