Culture

The Kikokushijo Dilemma: Growing Up Abroad As A Japanese Kid

I am, as my name may suggest, Japanese. I was born to ordinary Japanese parents, and I grew up like any other Japanese girl would in the outskirts of Tokyo. I grew up drinking bottles of Yakult, eating things like natto, … [Read more...]

Google Image Search Results In Japanese Versus English

By Koichi In the past we've written a bit about Google Image search and how it's useful for Japanese learning. For example, if you don't know what a Japanese word means, or if you just aren't sure about the translation … [Read more...]

What It’s Like To Date An Anime Character

During our dating in Japan series from the last week or two, we've covered all kinds of three-dimensional beings. Men. Women... okay, that's about it. But now it's time to diverge from that path, do some simple … [Read more...]

How To Avoid (Or Even Find) A Stigmatized Property In Japan

I previously wrote about a creepy unsolved murder case where I revealed that my former house may have been the house in which above mentioned creepy unsolved murder occurred. Of course, I don’t want it to be the actual … [Read more...]

Ten Japanese Toys You Might Want to Reconsider Buying For Your Children

Let's face it: there are a lot of terrifying children's toys out there. Walking down the isles of "Toys 'R' Us" I can't help but gawk in awe at some of the items on the shelf, wondering "Who the fudge would buy this for … [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...]

Rachel’s Top 10 J-Pop Artists

In seventh grade I had my half-Japanese friend burn me a CD full of her favorite Japanese music. That CD, full of Japanese boy bands, ballads, technopop, and anime themes, was my first introduction to J-Pop. That music was … [Read more...]

The Kawaii That’s Supposed To Make You Feel Gross: Kimo-Kawaii

There’s no doubt there are an abundance of cute characters in Japan. Japanese people love cute things, and will buy mountains merchandise to show off in their homes, use as supplies, or hang them as keychains to dangle … [Read more...]