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. "Gaijin" What does this word really mean?

      | Hashi
    2. Maneki Neko: Beckoning Good Things The Cats That Bring You Luck, Love, and Cash

      | Jordan
    3. Pachinko: Gambling with little metal balls How Pachinko Keeps You Sucked In

      | Hashi
    4. The Martial Art Used By Japanese Police Get ready for some police-jutsu to the face

      | Hashi
    5. Documentaries About Japan You Can Watch For Free Don't spend money for documentary knowledge

      | Hashi
    6. Is Underage Drinking and Smoking a Problem In Japan? Won't somebody PLEASE think of the children!

      | Koichi
    7. Golden Week in Japan What It is And Why You Should Avoid It

      | John
    8. Walk Like a Japanese Person Walk this way

      | Hashi
    9. What Are Those Stickers on Japanese Cars? Answering the questions of foreigners stuck in traffic everywhere

      | Hashi
    10. The Tastiest Japanese Food Movies Try not to lick your screen

      | Hashi
    11. Japanese Architecture: What Makes It Different? Steeped in tradition, thoroughly modern, and... disposable?

      | Hashi and Linda Lombardi
    12. Finding Your Way Around Japan 3 things you need to know

      | Hashi
    13. A History of Japanese Baseball From Pre-War to Post-War

      | Koichi
    14. Purikura: The Joy of Japanese Photo Booths (✿◕ᴗ◕) Purikura (◕ᴗ◕✿)

      | Hashi
    15. Japanese Whisky Makes You Feel Sophisticated, Drunk From the brands that brought you the sleeping subway salaryman

      | Hashi
    16. My Unhealthy Addiction to Japanese Rhythm Games And why they're amazing

      | Hashi
    17. Manga Tropes: Nosebleeds, Snot Bubbles, & More Manga just wouldn't be the same without them

      | Fiona
    18. What I Don't Miss About Japan False bacon, murdervators, and more

      | Koichi
    19. Why Does Japan Drive On The Left Side of the Road? Swords, trains, horses, and more

      | John
    20. Spirited Away: It’s for the Foodies Cook it, Eat it, Watch it

      | Fiona
    21. 7 Odd Things I Miss About Japan You'll be missing toilet butt spray too, by the end of this

      | Koichi
    22. Why Everyone Should Do A Japanese Homestay Everything will be totally fine

      | John
    23. Japanese Dog Breeds And How To Get Them Shiba-Inu, Akita, Hokkaido-ken, and more.

      | Koichi
    24. The Best Places to Ski in Japan You need to ski. Japan is the place.

      | John
    25. My Not so Secret Love Affair with Chuhai The Shochu packed Japanese alcohol in a can

      | John
    26. Japanese Game Lets You Date an Alpaca And pigeons. Don't forget the pigeons.

      | Hashi
    27. The Famous Foods Of Every Japanese Prefecture Make food the center of your trip to Japan

      | Koichi
    28. How To Get Japanese Music Outside of Japan ♪♫♬ ♪♫♬ ♪♫♬

      | Hashi
    29. Guns in Japan Laws, Carriers, and Stigma

      | Hashi
    30. Mayonnaise: Traditional Japanese Food Mayo on mayo on mayo on mayo

      | Hashi
    31. How To Ride A Bicycle In Japan Don't Hit or Be Hit!

      | Koichi
    32. Tofugu's Ramen Survival Guide Know your miso from your tonkotsu from your shoyu

      | Hashi
    33. When's the Best Time to Visit Japan? All the factors at your fingertips

      | Koichi
    34. Japanese Funeral Services: What Happens When You Die in Japan? The grave matter of Japanese cemeteries

      | John
    35. Tokyo’s Infamous "Piss Alley" Frogs, Pig Testicles, and a Still-Beating Frog Heart

      | Hashi
    36. What is Japan's Thanksgiving? Celebrating Work

      | Hashi
    37. The Best and Worst Things About Living in Japan A list of 5 pros and 5 cons

      | John
    38. The Curious, Colorful Art of Kimiaki Yaegashi Kappa, Kintaro, And Pizza People, Oh My.

      | Hashi
    39. Does a Cold Stomach Make You Sick? Japan’s Medical Myth

      | Hashi
    40. Japan’s Helvetica Turns out, it's not that simple

      | Hashi
    41. How To Eat Like A Buddhist Monk A month of experience condensed for you to taste

      | Koichi
    42. The Nail That Sticks Up... Conformity in Japan

      | Hashi