In a Technological Age, Simplicity Reigns in Japan

by Amy on Mar 05 2017 |


Japan is one of the most innovative and technologically advanced countries in the world. For some Japanese, simplicity continues to be highly valued. For instance, stationery stores in Japan are thriving because writing letters by hand is still a common practice as is the art of calligraphy. Another example can be found in music, an industry in which Japan is the second largest consumer. In Japan, CD and vinyl sales are double the amount of any other country as digital sales dominate the market elsewhere. Read full story...

What Reviewers Say About the Nintendo Switch Released Worldwide on March 3, 2017

by Amy on Mar 03 2017 |


Nintendo Co. Ltd released their seventh game console, the Nintendo Switch, on Friday, March 3 across the world. While most gamers are eager to get their hands on the shiny new system, others are less enthusiastic. Based on the opinions of professional game reviewers who have been using the product for the past few weeks, these are the main positives and negatives they found with the Nintendo Switch: Positives: Read full story...

Japan To Install Gender Neutral Restrooms For 2020 Olympics Venues

by Dave on Mar 03 2017 |


In at least 7 of the 11 (side note: is that a 7/11 advertisement in disguise??) olympic venues across Japan, the country will build gender neutral restrooms for all to use. Read full story...

Harajuku Style On Life Support In Japan Fashion World As Popular FRUiTS Magazine Shutters

by Dave on Mar 02 2017 |


Harjuku street style has been declared dead by popular fashion magazine FRUiTS in Japan. FRUiTS, founded in 1997, is a fashion magazine that showcased and documented this once wildly popular sub-culture fashion trend that stretched beyond Japan's borders. Read full story...

Check Out This 82 Square Feet Tokyo Apartment! Could You Live In It?

by Dave on Feb 16 2017 |


Tokyo is known for its small apartments, but this particular one takes it to a new level at 82 Square Feet. Check out the video in the full story! Read full story...

Japanese Prime Minister Has Awkward Handshake With Trump

by Sharilyn on Feb 10 2017 |


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is visiting the United States this weekend. If this video is any indication, it might be off to a rocky start (although given how Trump viewed President Obama's visit to Hiroshima, it might have been already). Read full story...

Bored? Check Out Some Weird Japanese Commercials Currently Airing On Japan TV This Week!

by Dave on Feb 10 2017 |


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The Father Of Pac-Man Has Passed Away At Age 91

by Dave on Feb 02 2017 |


Masaya Nakamura, age 91, who founded Namco (now Bandai Namco), has passed away. A Namco engineer named Toru Iwatani was responsible for the design behind the iconic game, which went on sale in 1980, and has been played more than 10 billion times since then. Pac-Man holds the Guiness World Record for most successful coin-operated arcade game. Read full story...

An Idiots Video Guide To Japanese Apartments

by Dave on Jan 31 2017 |


Thinking about moving to Japan or studying abroad soon? Check out this hilarous video on the unique-cultural intracaticies you should probably familiarize yourself with before picking out an apartment in Japan! Read full story...

Japanese Hi-Tech Toilets Get A Makeover With Standardized Symbols

by Amy on Jan 30 2017 |



The first encounter with a hi-tech toilet in Japan is an unforgettable experience for any visitor. Push the wrong button and you may suddenly have a warm jet of hot air shoot up your tush or hear eerily sweet music play to help mask the sound of unmentionables exiting the body. What has historically made it even more difficult is that companies use different button symbols on their products. Until now! Read full story...

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