Are You Comfortable in Japan?


If you've been studying Japan or Japanese for any length of time, then you know that studying a different culture can challenge your basic, everyday assumptions about, well, pretty much everything. Before you started … [Read more...]

Boys, Be Ambitious


In Japan's long history, there are lots of instances of foreign culture unexpectedly seeping into Japanese culture. It's why a stapler is called a “Hotchkiss” in Japanese, and why a lot of Japanese choirs have a Croatian … [Read more...]

Guns in Japan


It's a tense time in America. After several mass shootings in the last year or so (including one not too far from Tofugu HQ), some people in the US have started looking into reforming our gun laws. With reform on the … [Read more...]