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. What It's Like To Be A Half Japanese Kid In Japanese School Being hafu isn't as glamorous as it seems on Japanese TV

      | Loco
    2. How To Celebrate A Japanese Birthday Happy Birthday to You! And You! And Me!

      | Mami Suzuki
    3. Kokuhaku: Japan's Love Confessing Culture If you're going to say I Love You, do it right!

      | Mami Suzuki
    4. Godfather of Anime, Osamu Tezuka He'll make you an animation you can't refuse (watching)

      | John
    5. Hamigaki: The Art Of Japanese Tooth Brushing Brush Brush Brush!

      | Sarah W
    6. How To Avoid (Or Even Find) A Stigmatized Property In Japan I'm not afraid of no ghost!

      | Mami Suzuki
    7. Japanese Soy Beans They're Not Just For Vegetarians!

      | Rachel B
    8. A Basic Intro To Taiko And Why It's Awesome Don Don Don Tsuku Don Don Don

      | Rachel B
    9. The Forgotten Dynasty Of The Ryukyu Islands All about Japan's tropical kingdom

      | John
    10. The Reason I Don't Want to Dye My Hair Black Again And Japanese womens' opinions on hair color

      | Mami Suzuki
    11. The Wonders of Washi Tape Since When Has Masking Tape Been This Fun? Since Washi Tape!

      | Rachel B
    12. Meowth and Why He Loves Koban Coins And why he wears one on his head

      | John
    13. The Traditional Colors of Japan Everything is better in color!

      | Sarah W and Fiona
    14. How To Take Part In Japan's Year-Round Gift Giving Culture Don't Show Up Empty-Handed!

      | Rachel B
    15. Joshi-Mane: Female Manager Sensation in Japan Women in the workforce? It's so crazy it just might work.

      | Mami Suzuki
    16. Ch-ch-ch-Chocolate Japan's Sudden Sweet

      | Rachel B
    17. Unearthing the Mysteries of Japanese Chopsticks We may have stolen them from china, but ours are totally unique!

      | John
    18. The Curse Of Ghibli May All Your Bacon Burn!

      | Mami Suzuki
    19. Summer: Japan’s Ghost Season Humid and Spooky

      | Sarah W
    20. Mt. Fuji, The Ticking Timebomb Maybe plan to climb it after it explodes

      | Koichi
    21. Did Nara’s Giant Buddha Statue Prevent A 7.8 Earthquake? Twitter sure seems to think so

      | Mami Suzuki
    22. How NOT To Host A Japanese Exchange Student Un-awkwarding your exchange student experience

      | Rachel B
    23. 10 Futures As Predicted By Anime Things will be interesting if Japan decides our fate

      | John and Koichi
    24. My Conspiracy Theory Nut Neighbor, Totoro Aliens?

      | Mami Suzuki
    25. A Starter's Guide to Enjoying Summer Festivals in Japan Fireworks, Food, and Fish, Oh My!

      | Rachel B
    26. My Japanese Education What I learned, and didn't learn, in the Japanese education system

      | Mami Suzuki
    27. Senkaku Islands - The CIA Perspective Who do the Senkaku Islands really belong to?

      | Koichi
    28. 10 Horrifying Insects That Will Keep You Away from Japan Ugh. GROSS!

      | Sarah W
    29. Tanaka Hisashige Father of Toshiba, Edison of Japan

      | John
    30. What Japanese Kids Want To Be When They Grow Up And What They End Up Becoming

      | Koichi
    31. Rachel’s Top 10 J-Pop Artists Sing with us!

      | Rachel B
    32. Why Japanese Toilets Are Failing In America Despite their superiority

      | John
    33. The Difficulty of Names The time Japanese people through Mark Zuckerberg was a hamburger

      | Mami Suzuki
    34. Why I Don't Give Up My Seat On The Train Sorry old ladies, pregnant ladies, and man ladies. This seat is mine. I sat on it fair and square.

      | Koichi
    35. What's In A Japanese Woman's Purse? Let's Look Inside! A world of mystery

      | Rachel B
    36. Hengao The Japanese Art Of Making The Strangest Faces

      | Koichi
    37. Making Friends And Studying Japanese With Japan's Ultra Popular Social Network, LINE Social network that sucks your life away in a good way!

      | Rachel B
    38. What Kind of Tea To Drink When You’re in Japan Or you could mix them all together like some kind of monster

      | John
    39. Kimokawaii: Both Cute and Gross at the same time Get ready to cringe at some cute things.

      | Rachel B
    40. John's Top 10 Anime Series When you don't know what to watch

      | John
    41. Going Cashless in Japan No Cash? No Problem!

      | Hashi
    42. How Are Piercings Viewed in Japan? To puncture or not to puncture?

      | Hashi