The Strangest Ramen in Japan


More than sushi, okonomiyaki, or any other recognizably Japanese food, ramen is arguably the most popular food in Japan. It's inexpensive, you can find it virtually anywhere in Japan, and everybody seems to have their own … [Read more...]

How Pachinko Keeps You Sucked In


Even though I was way too young to gamble the first time I visited Japan, pachinko really interested me. My dad tried to take us into a pachinko parlor to see what the hubbub was about, but the staff quickly spotted a then … [Read more...]

Keeping Trains Safe


When the Tofugu team was in Japan earlier this year, Japan's safety measures (or lack thereof) astounded me. In the US, everything has to have a label and a warning, otherwise people will get hurt and sue the hell out of … [Read more...]

Walk Like a Japanese Person


I take public transit to Tofugu World Headquarters every day, and in the couple of years I've been commuting, I've seen people commit every faux pas in the book, and generally do some stupid, stupid things. I've watched … [Read more...]

Japanese Dog Is Smarter Than You


Japan, more than any other country, seems to have mastered the art of using adorable pets for internet fame. In the past we've covered some of Japan's greatest cat videos (including the incomparable Maru), and the adorable … [Read more...]

What Does a Weak Yen Mean?


For the last couple of months, the world has taken notice of Japan. Ever since Shinzo Abe and the Liberal Democratic Party took power in the last Japanese election, they've been pushing a new set of economic policies … [Read more...]