History

Japan’s Epic History Of Discrimination Against The Mustache

If you ever go to Japan, you’ll come to realize that almost all men, especially salarymen, don’t have mustaches (or facial hair for that matter). Although shaving your mustache can sometimes cause trouble (watch Koichi’s … [Read more...]

Hiroshi Yamauchi: The Very Non-Whimsical Willy Wonka Of Nintendo

In the west, we like our media kingpins to be creative. And not just creative on a few things in their lives, but visionary geniuses we can laud as people worth worshiping. Walt Disney and Jim Henson are two great … [Read more...]

Japanese, The Borrower Language Part 3: Why They Do It

Japanese is one of those languages that is seen as mysterious and exotic to many Westerners. It may seem that way, but if you've read Part 1 and Part 2 of my "Borrower Language" series, or if you are familiar with … [Read more...]

Tanaka Hisashige: Father of Toshiba, Edison of Japan

Tanaka Hisashige is one of Japan's most prolific inventors. Creating everything from mechanical dolls to weapons of destruction, this guy did it all. He even started the company that later became known as Toshiba. Yeah, … [Read more...]

Japanese, The Borrower Language Part 1: Where The Japanese Language Came From

English loanwords in Japanese are often a source of amusement for native speakers of English learning Japanese as a second language. There’s so many of them, it seems like if you don’t know a word in Japanese, you can just … [Read more...]

Japanese Historical Figure Shares Name With Fast Food Clown

It's always strange to see which Westerners are famous in Japan yet unheard of in their own homelands. Aside from foreigner tarento who appear on TV shows, commercials, and magazines today, there are a lot of historical … [Read more...]