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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...

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...

Big in Japan (Nagoya) – Aya Kawakami

Actress, University Teacher, Vocal Coach, and Singer, Aya is not easily thrown into just one category. She is a self-made, strong, modern woman, not...

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,...

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...

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...

Top 5 Uniquely Unusual Things in Japan

Ahhh Japan, how I love thy eclectically unusual ways...
If you've been reading some of our articles, it should come as no surprise that Japan...

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...

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...