Archive

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

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

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

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

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

      | Mami Suzuki
    6. Jet Program Culture Shock Culture shock can be tough, but understanding it doesn't have to be

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

      | Verity Lane
    8. Emoji – Japan’s Talking Pictures How Japan changed the way we communicate

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

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

      | Linda Lombardi
    11. What To Do After Arriving in Japan on the JET Program: A Checklist Jump start your life on JET

      | Michael Richey
    12. How To Pack For JET What to pack and, more importantly, what not to pack

      | Michael Richey
    13. 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
    14. The Post JET Acceptance Checklist The forms you need to fill out and the people you need to talk to

      | Michael Richey
    15. Cats in Japanese Art - Printed, Painted, and Sculpted Felines Cat memes from 300 years ago

      | Linda Lombardi
    16. How to Write the JET Program Statement of Purpose Essay The most pivotal part of the JET Program application explained

      | Michael Richey
    17. Japanese Mushrooms: An Umamitastic World of Endless Flavor The funky fungus full of fresh foodie finesse

      | Adam Ledford
    18. The Fabulous World of Japanese Socks! Make your feet - and the rest of you - happy, warm, and fashionable

      | Verity Lane
    19. How to Apply for the JET Program A step by step guide for your JET application

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

      | Rich
    21. 25 Reasons To Join The JET Program (And 8 Reasons Not To) The pros and cons of going on JET

      | Michael Richey
    22. The Dragon Ball Training Guide to Self-Improvement How the lessons from Dragon Ball's heroes can help us improve our lives and reach our goals!

      | Rich
    23. Japanese Civic Duty: A Look at the Responsibility of 日本 Returning lost wallets. Keeping streets clean. Japan is the most responsible country in the world, right?

      | Austin
    24. Kanamara Matsuri: The Irony Behind the Infamous Japanese Penis Festival Katajikenai for reading this

      | Shoko
    25. Safety in Japan: Staying Alert in the World's 'Safest' Country Is Japan as safe as everyone thinks? If not, what can you do to protect yourself?

      | Rich
    26. Katsuobushi, The Dried Fermented Fish Rock That's in Almost Every Japanese Dish You've Ever Eaten It's not pretty, it's not fresh, it's hard as a rock, and it's what makes Japanese food taste like Japanese food

      | Linda Lombardi
    27. One Foreigner's Story of Becoming a Father in Japan Hospital's different. Language barrier. Wife having baby. What could go wrong?

      | Nathan
    28. Examining the Japanese Work Ethic So how much does Japan ganbaru anyway?

      | Austin
    29. Japanese Smoking Manners Posters Go ahead and smoke but don't be a jerk about it

      | Verity Lane
    30. Why the Japanese Countryside Is Emptying And what's being done to fix it

      | Austin
    31. Choosing the Best Yokai Books for You So many monsters, so many books... but we've got your back

      | Linda Lombardi
    32. The Power of Japanese Math Discover the heart behind Japan's love for and excellence in math

      | Verity Lane
    33. Don't Get Sued! Libel, Slander, and Defamation Laws in Japan Be careful what you print, even if it's true

      | Kaitlin Stainbrook
    34. Let's Nabe! A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Hot Pot Cooking Get ready to eat the most warm, comforting, fun, and easy to prepare meal you'll ever have.

      | Verity Lane
    35. How to View Japanese Swords Learn to appreciate one the world's coolest art forms

      | Nathan
    36. Japan's Wild Boar Problem How inoshishi, despite their cuteness, are ruining Japan

      | Adam Ledford
    37. Tokyo Travel Tips for the Neurotic Don't sweat the small stuff, we've got your back.

      | Linda Lombardi
    38. Japan’s Sacrificial Lamb – The Okinawa Military Base Controversy A recent election brings Okinawa's outrage with US military presence to the forefront once again.

      | Rich
    39. JET Program Interview: The Definitive Guide To Passing You've got the interview. Follow this guide to success.

      | Michael Richey
    40. Japonism: How Japan Shaped Modern Art An art history crash course revealing the Japanese influence on Western art movements.

      | Matthew Macewan
    41. Showa Shinzan Yukigassen Tournament: The World's Scariest Snowball Fight? And here you thought that snowball fights were fun and not painful.

      | Koichi
    42. Tanuki: The Canine Yokai with Gigantic Balls Not a badger, not a raccoon, and keep your eye on that teapot...

      | Linda Lombardi