1. travel

      Kurashiki - The Quiet Birthplace Of Momotaro Quaint buildings, river tours, history, pudding, and jeans

      | Verity Lane
    2. japan

      Questioning Japanese Creativity: Is Japan Really Creative? Kurosawa, Miyazaki, and Tezuka all seem to say yes. But is a country as creative as its best creators?

      | Austin
    3. videos

      Ask Japan: "How Scary Is The Number Four?" Now we're all going to die

      | Michael Richey, Koichi, and Juri
    4. travel

      Miyamoto Musashi's Reigando Cave The cave where Japan's greatest swordsman penned his masterpiece

      | Adam Ledford
    5. japanese

      What Does "Japanese Fluency" Mean? A new definition for "fluency"

      | Koichi
    6. japan

      Navigating Roppongi's Nightlife Making the Best of Roppongi’s Split Personality

      | Rich
    7. japan

      Queen Himiko: Badass Women in Japanese History The people loved her. The gods loved her. 8th century historians didn't love her.

      | Chelsea Bernard
    8. videos

      A Visual History Of The "Kitsune" Watch this so you don't get tricked.

      | Michael Richey
    9. japan

      A Japanese Citizen Studying "Abroad" in Her Own Country Japanese by birth. Fluent in Japanese. Living in Japan will be easy, right?

      | Shoko
    10. travel

      Tonkatsu Shimizu, Kyoto's Rakugaki Bar Scrawl your highs and woes all over the walls then drown them in pork and alcohol

      | Mami Suzuki
    11. japan

      Anime's Great Deception – The Difference Between Anime and Cartoons Warning: reading this may forever change your perception of anime

      | Rich
    12. japan

      Ashigaru – Japan's Overlooked And Underappreciated Warriors They did all the work and samurai got all the credit

      | Nathaniel Edwards
    13. japanese

      Why Reading Japanese Is So Difficult: The First Page Syndrome Why is reading in another language so damn difficult?

      | Koichi
    14. travel

      The Butsudan Alter Drive-Thru As exciting as driving past religious implements can get

      | Mami Suzuki
    15. japan

      What Is a Butsudan? And Why Are People Paying $630,000 for Them? Convenient worship from the comfort of your own home

      | Mami Suzuki
    16. japan

      Jet Program Culture Shock Culture shock can be tough, but understanding it doesn't have to be

      | Michael Richey
    17. japan

      The Books Behind Your Favorite Studio Ghibli Films Where Kiki's deliveries started and how Howl got his castle moving

      | Verity Lane
    18. japan

      Emoji – Japan’s Talking Pictures How Japan changed the way we communicate

      | Kaitlin Stainbrook
    19. japan

      Go to (Japanese) Hells! From Shinto to Buddhist, From Volcanic to Animatronic, There's Something for Everyone in Japanese Hells

      | Verity Lane
    20. japan

      Kappa: Japan's Aquatic, Cucumber-Loving, Booty-Obsessed Yokai If you swim in a Japanese river, be as polite as possible

      | Linda Lombardi
    21. japan

      What To Do After Arriving in Japan on the JET Program: A Checklist Jump start your life on JET

      | Michael Richey
    22. travel

      The Kinugawa Robot Sex Museum Less like robots, more like mannequins

      | Koichi
    23. travel

      Hamamatsu JASDF Air Park and Museum Cosplay as an Air Self-Defense Forces pilot

      | Mami Suzuki
    24. japan

      How To Pack For JET What to pack and, more importantly, what not to pack

      | Michael Richey
    25. japan

      The Secret Japan Air Self-Defense Force Gundam – And Other Stories Will all of our giant flying robot space mech dreams come true?

      | Mami Suzuki
    26. japan

      The Post JET Acceptance Checklist The forms you need to fill out and the people you need to talk to

      | Michael Richey
    27. travel

      Aton Toy Museum: 30,000 Vintage Toys in Nara More Showa-Era toys than you can shake a stick at

      | Mami Suzuki
    28. interviews

      Inside the Japanese TV Industry: An Interview with a TV Salarywoman A former TV news reporter and current TV advertising saleswoman gives us her perspective on the Japanese TV industry

      | Mami Suzuki
    29. reviews

      Short Stories In Japanese A New Penguin Parallel Text

      | Kristen Dexter
    30. interviews

      The Other Side: What Do Japanese College Students Think of English? Thoughts from dedicated English language learning university students from Japan

      | Rudy Barrett
    31. travel

      Tokushima Ramen Festival This ramen's only been around since 1999, and it already has its own festival. That should tell you something.

      | Rich
    32. japan

      Cats in Japanese Art - Printed, Painted, and Sculpted Felines Cat memes from 300 years ago

      | Linda Lombardi
    33. reviews

      A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese A Comprehensive Guide to the Japanese Writing System

      | Kristen Dexter
    34. japan

      How to Write the JET Program Statement of Purpose Essay The most pivotal part of the JET Program application explained

      | Michael Richey
    35. japan

      Japanese Mushrooms: An Umamitastic World of Endless Flavor The funky fungus full of fresh foodie finesse

      | Adam Ledford
    36. interviews

      A Day in the Life of a Japanese Monk Find out what it's like to be a buddhist monk from dawn till dawn again

      | Mami Suzuki
    37. japan

      The Fabulous World of Japanese Socks! Make your feet - and the rest of you - happy, warm, and fashionable

      | Verity Lane
    38. japan

      How to Apply for the JET Program A step by step guide for your JET application

      | Michael Richey
    39. travel

      Nukumori No Mori: The Ghibli-Inspired Fantasy Village Levels of charm (and cake!) like you wouldn't believe

      | Mami Suzuki
    40. japan

      Rice Cooker History, Features, Futures, and More We sort through the options so you don't have to!

      | Rich
    41. travel

      Fukagawa Edo Museum Get away from the oppression of weather and go back in time to old Edo

      | Linda Lombardi
    42. reviews

      The Kodansha Kanji Usage Guide An A to Z of Kun Homophones

      | Kristen Dexter