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Abandoned Tokyo train tunnels

The far west of Tokyo is a very different world from the capital’s more central districts. Rather than crowds and concrete, there are mountains and trees, along with bonus extras such as abandoned cable cars and bar owners in their 90s who once rode on them. On top of that the area is also home […]

Japan’s most unwelcome helpfulness

goo Ranking recently published an interesting survey into arigata meiwaku, unwelcome helpfulness, when other people read your mind wrongly. My pet niggle is when convenience store staff put a fork in with my salad instead of the usual chopstick without asking me what I actually want. I posed this question to a Japan expat forum […]

Gems of Japan: Find golden sweets at this awesome Akiba pastry shop

When it comes to Japanese sweets, it's difficult to taste ones that aren't satisfactory. Unless we're talking about anko (sweet red bean paste), which I still haven't gotten quite used to. But during my first couple of days roaming the...Show More Summary

Japanator Live: Feel the music of Danganronpa 2

Watch live video from Japanator on [The stream starts at 9 p.m. Central Standard Time] With Danganronpa 2's first trial out of the way, I can say that I was satisfied with the whole thing. The punishment scene pleased my...Show More Summary

Japanese ladies love them some rickshaw-pullers

When the single women of Japan are asked about the types of guys they are into, you get the usual answers of rock singers, pilots, and of course Foreign men, but the men of one particular occupation have seen their stock in the eyes of women rise in recent times. That of the hardworking rickshaw puller. Read more...

News: Tokyo University tops reputation ranking for Japan, but is it the most fun?

Anybody interested in seats of higher learning will soon tell you that the most prestigious in Japan is Tokyo University (????). And there can be no arguments now. The numbers are in; Todai, as it's affectionately known, is not only the top university in Japan, but also in all of Asia. Show More Summary

Japan’s ambassador to the US Kenichi Sasae takes a swipe at presidential candidate Donald Trump

Source: welovecarbondioxideThe Japanese ambassador to the US Kenichi Sasae, thinks Donald Trump’s position “America first” would “jeopardize American-Japanese relations in the region”. Sasae also thinks the American-Japanese current relationship also “brings peace and prosperity to the region”. Show More Summary

Citizen-led community banks in Japan will lead Japan out of its economic backwardness

Source: welovecarbondioxideThere are community banks in Japan few people know about offering a slightly higher interest on deposits which I have been able to locate. One community bank is located in Okagaki, Fukuoka Prefecture. The Onga...Show More Summary

Mass Destruction: Two Persona singers are performing at Otakon Matsuri

I'm not gonna lie. When Atlus showed off their newest trailer for Persona 5, my excitement levels have gone up to a new height. While we're still on the topic of Persona, Otakon is getting Lotus Juice (Persona 3's battle theme and full...Show More Summary

Book your dearly departed at a Corpse Hotel today!

If you watch anime or pay attention to Japanese culture long enough, the subject of hotels inevitably comes up. Be it either Mountain hot bath retreats, hourly love hotels, and those ever quirky capsule hotels. But there is a new type of hotels that is on the rise, especially in Tokyo. Corpse hotels. And it's not what you think. Read more...

Dash The Bomber's Daily Life in Japan

As with many other expats in Japan, I happen to live in here because of my job. While my normal daily routine involves going to work and returning to the house for a daily walk around the neighborhood and sometimes a visit to the restaurants nearby. Show More Summary

Report: 45 percent of Japanese females aged 16-24 are not interested in or despise sexual contact

Source: welovecarbondioxideSeveral previous posts have discussed Japan’s shrinking population and to add to this discussion, RT Today published news on how Japan’s birth rate has hit a historic low. Japan’s birth rate has decelerated and has been decreasing for the past 35 years now reaching negative growth. Show More Summary

Eccentric political protester in Tokyo

His method of protest may well be unusual, but this man’s hat-based declaration to not accept the policies of Prime Minister Abe is to be applauded.

Cheap Lunches In Shibuya: One Coin (or so) !

Today, we’ll be introducing some great little restaurants to eat at in Shibuya, where you can grab cheap lunches for around 500 yen (or ‘one coin’ in local parlance).Of course, most of us living in Japan know the typical cheap places to eat: Sukiya, Matsuya, Saizeriya, Yoshinoya, and so on. Show More Summary

The Japanese reject American/Monsanto GMO wheat by turning to Russian wheat

Source: welovecarbondioxideJapan has rejected GMO-raised crops as a food source and that includes American produced wheat while America is alleged to be facing a crisis in exporting crops. Is it any wonder since more and more governments,...Show More Summary

One in three Japanese clinging to their feature phones

Internetcom recently reported on a survey by MMD into feature phones, bog-standard non-smart phones. My two-year mobile phone contract is up for renewal this month, and after a short visit to my local Docomo shop, I found that I will be paying about 7,000 yen, the cheapest data plan they offer, for up to three […]

GET HYPE: Persona 5 launches in September

It's time, folks! Or rather, it will be a few short months. After months of silence last year's delay and weeks of drip-fed promotion culminating in a final countdown, Atlus has announced the Japanese release date of Persona 5. Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Haifuri episode 4

What is the maidens' big trouble on a boat? They ran out of toilet paper. As Harekaze's expedition ran longer than initially expected, the crew listed the supplies they were short of, and it wasn't just torpedoes and depth charges. Haifuri takes us to go sundry shopping this week. Read more...

Thousands of Japanese hit the streets on Constitution Day to oppose changing Japan’s constitution

Source: welovecarbondioxideThe Japanese were out on the streets in Tokyo May 3rd being Constitution Day, and probably yesterday, protesting Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the LDP’s move to fundamentally change Japan’s war laws related to its Constitution and Article 9. Show More Summary

Deciphering Discounts in Japan

For those of us who like to save a little money (who doesn’t?), knowing the secrets of the discount stickers in Japanese supermarkets (any store, actually) can be a useful skill. One of the super fun things about living in another country is trying bizarre foods you might never see in your home country. Show More Summary

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