Just For Fun

The Other Side: What Do Japanese College Students Think of English?

Tofugu readers tend to be dedicated to improving their understanding of Japanese language and culture. So I think many reading this can agree that learning a foreign language can be a reeeeeeal pain. Learning a new way of … [Read more...]

BAKA! Japan’s Most Popular Profanity

"Baka" is the most commonly used Japanese swear word. It usually means foolish or stupid, but can take on a whole range of meanings depending of context, relationship, and various other factors. In kanji, it’s usually … [Read more...]

The Dragon Ball Training Guide to Self-Improvement

Olympic judoka and UFC champion Ronda Rousey turned some heads and busted some scouters when she appeared at this year's Wrestlemania wearing a Dragon Ball Z t-shirt with an image of Vegeta and the phrase, "It's over … [Read more...]

10 of Hello Kitty’s Most DISTANT Relatives

There was a time when I hated Hello Kitty. But once I understood her complexity and accepted her into my life, a whole world opened up. Sanrio, not unlike Marvel or DC, is an entire universe of characters, and exploring … [Read more...]

How To Shoot A Samurai Film

A couple of months ago I went to TOEI UZUMASA EIGAMURA, which is both a theme park and an active movie set. The studio has been around since about 1955. But, with the decline in popularity of traditional samurai films the … [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...]