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. Akira Haraguchi and His Method for Memorizing 100,000 Digits of Pi The man with mnemonic plan

      | Koichi
    2. Pitfalls and Problems with Japanese Education Does Japanese education get a passing grade?

      | Austin
    3. Narita Airport's Troubled Past Move over farmers, we're trying to land planes here

      | Austin
    4. Why Japanese Education Succeeds Amae, Stress, And Perseverance

      | Koichi
    5. Some Thoughts About Japan's Internationalization And some doubts too

      | Austin
    6. Japan's Obsession With Food And Drama Tasty TV from Japan

      | Linda Lombardi
    7. Of Lies And Sushi Or How to Avoid Anal Leakage

      | Koichi
    8. Kansai vs. Kanto: Can't We All Just Get Along? Left side of the escalator or right?

      | Austin
    9. Nishinari Japanese Slum Or Budget-Conscious Backpacker’s Paradise?

      | Mami Suzuki
    10. Why Japan Historically Hates Mustaches (And All Other Facial Hair Too) Get a face haircut, hippie!

      | Mami Suzuki
    11. The Secret World Of Kisha Clubs And Japanese Newspapers The internet is dead, paper newspapers are where it's at

      | Kaitlin Stainbrook
    12. The Science Of Kawaii What Makes Something So Darn Cute (◕‿◕✿)

      | Linda Lombardi
    13. Japanese Super Sentai vs American Power Rangers: A Look Back Comparing the original American Power Rangers with the Japanese show from which it spawned

      | Michael Richey
    14. The Real Japanese Monk's Guide To Buddhism In Japan Straight from the bald man's mouth!

      | Mami Suzuki
    15. Hacking The Way You Walk With Namba Aruki Also good for your back

      | Koichi
    16. Signals Japan Uses to Tell You Your Day is Over Don't be the only jerk standing in the grocery store when they play "Auld Lang Syne"

      | Cal
    17. Wasabi: More than that Little Green Tube Burn, Baby, BURN!

      | Linda Lombardi
    18. Japanese Body Language And Gestures Talk without your mouth

      | Viet Hoang
    19. The New (And Dying) Japanimerican Film Industry Just When We Though They Were Coming Back

      | Nathaniel Edwards
    20. A Dog’s Life, Japan Japanese dog-owning culture is for the dogs (literally!)

      | Linda Lombardi
    21. The Monbukagakusho Scholarship And How To Go Study In Japan Make your dreams come true without spending all of your hard earned money

      | Austin
    22. What Miyazaki's New Film May Be Trying To Say About Japan Today Miyazaki's secret message for the Japanese government

      | Shoko
    23. Nasubi, The Naked Eggplant-Man Who Lived Off Sweepstakes We couldn't make this up if we tried

      | Nathaniel Edwards
    24. Japan, Capybaras, and Me: A Love Story Say hello to our furry, giant rodent friends

      | Linda Lombardi
    25. How To Celebrate Christmas In Japan KFC, Couples, and of course, old Cake

      | Mami Suzuki
    26. The Art of Proposing To A Japanese Girl Be still my heart! Yes, Yes, A Thousand Times, Yes!

      | Nathan
    27. Captain Tsubasa and the Rise of Japanese Soccer Move over Baseball!

      | Nathaniel Edwards
    28. Japanese College: The Spring Break of Life If you had one last chance to relax, wouldn't you take it?

      | Austin
    29. The Search For Japan's #1 Symbol Castles, temples, shrines, mountains, trains. HOW CAN YOU CHOOSE?!

      | Rochelle
    30. How I Played the Foreign Tourist on Japanese TV Smile for the camera!

      | Linda Lombardi
    31. The Secret Behind Hello Kitty's Blank Face No mouth? No problem!

      | Michael Richey
    32. Knitting For Jizo Protect the god who protects the souls of children

      | Stephanie
    33. Why You Should Come to Japan for College Five Reasons You Should Get Off Your Butt and Head to Japan

      | Austin
    34. How To Import Japanese Video Games Get Your Game On!

      | Nathaniel Edwards
    35. The Kikokushijo Dilemma: Growing Up Abroad As A Japanese Kid Japanese, but MORE!

      | Shoko
    36. The Top Three Japanese Memes of 2013 Because we know you want them, you horrible internet scum

      | Rebecca
    37. Hiroshi Yamauchi: The Very Non-Whimsical Willy Wonka Of Nintendo Don't taste the chocolate controllers, kids.

      | Michael Richey
    38. Stupid Women Are WonderFool in Japan? Stupid is the Cutest Outfit You Can Wear

      | Mami Suzuki
    39. Asian, but Not Japanese, In Japan Oh, So You Mean You're Not Japanese?

      | Austin
    40. What Sadako Taught Me About Love A Cross-Culture Comparison of Ringu and The Ring

      | Andrew
    41. Let's Talk About Japanese Cram School Entrance exams are coming, let's do this!

      | Mami Suzuki
    42. The Ainu Reviving the Indigenous Spirit of Japan

      | Sarah W