Japan

    The more you learn about Japanese culture and history, the easier it becomes to navigate Japan. This means learning why Meiji-period author Higuchi Ichiyō's face is on the ¥5,000 bill. Or studying the ins-and-outs of omiyage. Or discovering what it takes to land a job in Japan. Check out the articles below, and start growing your cultural understanding.
    1. Ono no Komachi and The Standard of Japanese Female Beauty How the Akita Bijin became the envy of Japan

      | Kristen Dexter
    2. Japan's Garbage Disposal System Explained Sort or die!

      | Verity Lane
    3. Yakan Chuugaku: The Japanese Night Time Junior High Where The Uneducated Learn To Read Good Hot, steamy, educational nights

      | Mami Suzuki
    4. How to Spice up Your ALT Lessons with the Nine Intelligences A new strategy for English teaching in Japan

      | Rich
    5. 10 Not-Japanese Foods Lost in Translation So close… yet so far

      | Laguna Levine
    6. Kamaboko - A Pureed Fish Cake Fit For Celebration The cake that can swim

      | Mami Suzuki
    7. Bishounen Girl meets boy, boy likes girl, girl meets girl-like-boy…

      | Sanford
    8. The Japanese Name Satou And Its Rise To #1 If you're family name is Satou, congratulations! You're the greatest

      | Mami Suzuki
    9. Abenomics 3 Arrows Explained Finally you can understand what's going on inside Abe's head

      | Austin
    10. The Cicadas' Song Japan’s Summer Soundtrack

      | Rich
    11. Komainu: The History of Japan’s Mythical Lion Dogs On your roof, guarding your shrine, and kicking kaiju butt

      | Adam Ledford
    12. A Long History of Japanese Names Where did all these names come from?

      | Mami Suzuki
    13. Kitsune: The Divine/Evil Fox Yokai A 50/50 chance you'll live

      | Linda Lombardi
    14. The Delicious Road: a Japanese Dessert Journey A north to south sweets expedition

      | Matthew Macewan
    15. Becoming a Child in Japan Learning Through Curiosity and Humility

      | Laguna Levine
    16. Top 10 REAL Pokemon You Can Find in Japan! Catch 'em all for realsies

      | Rudy Barrett
    17. How "Cow Poop" Became A Real-Life Japanese Family Name Looks good on a family crest

      | Mami Suzuki
    18. Origami for Kids Improving Children's Minds One Fold at a Time

      | Rich
    19. The Road to Understanding Japanese Pottery A road made of bricks, which also used to be made like pottery!

      | Matthew Macewan
    20. Ghibli’s Uncertain Future, Post-Miyazaki Marnie, Goro, CGI, oh my!

      | Shoko
    21. Onigiri: The Rice Ball Perfectly seasoned, a pop of flavor from the filling, warm or cold, always delicious.

      | Sanford
    22. Murasaki Shikibu: Badass Women in Japanese History The World's First Novelist was - That's Right - A Heian Poet

      | Chelsea Bernard
    23. Peace and Japan How Japan Got Militarized. Again.

      | Austin
    24. Let's All Get NAKED! Onsen and Body Image Don't Be Shy, Jump In!

      | Verity Lane
    25. The Ryukyu King And His Fantastic 1-Year-Long Parade A tribute mission for the ages

      | Adam Ledford
    26. 10 of Hello Kitty's Most DISTANT Relatives Sanrio characters are too dull or too weird

      | Michael Richey
    27. The Social History of Ramen Slurp slurp slurp some knowledge

      | Linda Lombardi
    28. Five Ways To Experience Japan Without Leaving Home Because not everyone can afford to leave town

      | Jessica Shortz
    29. Kato Kiyomasa and the Hosokawa Lords of Kumamoto

      | Adam Ledford
    30. A Crash Course in Japanese Poetry Japanese Poetry is like a Deep, Deep Ocean - Take That First Leap Here!

      | Jessica Shortz
    31. Namahage: Akita’s New Year’s Ogre The awesome tradition of scaring kids into a year of good behavior

      | Kristen Dexter
    32. How To Shoot A Samurai Film At Toei Uzumasa Eigamura

      | Mami Suzuki
    33. Mastering the ALT Self-Intro Class Learn to introduce yourself to classrooms full of Japanese kids.

      | Verity Lane
    34. Surviving Sports Festival Undoukai in Japanese Schools

      | Rich
    35. Top Ten Real Life Kaiju of Japan Don't get stomped on

      | Rudy Barrett
    36. Karuta: Gotta Catch 'Em All! An old Japanese Card game brought into the Light

      | Chelsea Bernard
    37. Mimikaki: Ear Cleaning and Romance in Japan Of Love and Earwax

      | Rich
    38. Takarazuka's Crossdressing Starlets Beauties That May Just Be Better Than Real Men

      | Aimee Zink
    39. The Many Japanese Calendars And the Ways Japan Tells Time

      | Kristen Dexter
    40. Is Japan Really Conservative? You can't do this, you can't do that... or can you?

      | Austin
    41. More Than Gaijin Specific Ethnic Groups Living in Japan

      | Laguna Levine
    42. Meet the Ogasawara Islands! The Ogasawara Islands speak out

      | Matthew Macewan