Culture

HELP! I Don’t Know How To ALT!

Summer is almost here, bringing with it sweltering heat, limited edition Crunky ice cream bars, and a whole new flock of ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers). Maybe your dream of coming to Japan is finally coming true. Soon … [Read more...]

Japanese Food Models, Yesterday And Today

If you’ve ever visited Japan and had to order food without benefit of being able to read Japanese, there’s one thing that’s a lifesaver: those plastic food replicas lined up in the windows of many restaurants. With their … [Read more...]

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...]