Bowing In Japan [Japanese Etiquette]

japanese-etiquette

A lot of people ask about bowing in Japan, and what they should do if they ever visit or live in Japan. Now, bowing in Japan is so deeply ingrained in culture and society that it's not something people really think too … [Read more...]

It’s Christmas in Japan!

[yframe url='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmCrIZeob4w'] I was recently recruited to do a collaborative music video titles "Christmas in Japan" by FatBlueMan, musician extraordinaire (Youtube Account, here). You'll … [Read more...]

Clothing Trends for Spring & Summer ’08

Dark Chiffon

Now that we're safely out of winter, it's time to lighten up! Put away your fuzzy scarves and down-filled jackets and opt instead for floaty fabrics and bright colors. Below are a list of some of the more popular styles … [Read more...]

How to Talk Like a Samurai

samurai

It seems as though bushido, i.e. "the way of the warrior," is getting pretty popular amongst several (mostly otaku) groups in Japan. Not only are people speaking like Samurai - using Samurai grammar, vocabulary, etc., but … [Read more...]

Bag Lady Chic

Coat + Dress 2

Lately, flipping through Japanese fashion magazines, I've noticed trend. It's a kind of Allison Reynolds (from The Breakfast Club) look; the combination of a simple, feminine dress and a more practical, sporty thigh-length … [Read more...]

Nothing Scarier Than a Gaijin

Gaijin

I know this is coming kind of late, but I sort of forgot to post this earlier D: Apparently, somewhere in Nagoya, 外人さん (Mr. Foreigner) "costumes" consisting only of a nose and a pair of eyes are being sold. Not the most … [Read more...]

Japan’s Top Producer of Ugly Women: Gunma*

Shingo Mama

*Paraphrased translation of 「ブスの産地」日本一は「群馬県」 from the Shukan Shincho website. According to a recent online poll conducted by Livedoor, a Japan-based internet service provider, the women of Gunma Prefecture (群馬県) are … [Read more...]

In Japan, be Humble

Paris Hilton is not humble

In America, we tend to be encouraged to be show our individualist side, take initiative, tell people about our accomplishments, and stick out as much as possible from the rest of society. That's all fine and dandy, I have … [Read more...]