Japan is renowned for its unique and diverse culture, one of which is the kawaii culture. Kawaii, which means “cute” or “adorable” in Japanese, is a pervasive cultural phenomenon that has captured the hearts of people all around the world. From fashion to art, kawaii is an ever-present aspect of Japanese culture that has been gaining popularity over the past … Read More
Studio Ghibli Films’ Real-Life Locations in Japan
When you were young, did you daydream about visiting the bathhouse in Spirited Away, or wandering through the forest from Princess Mononoke? Studio Ghibli (スタジオジブリ) is a household name in Japan and has also gained recognition around the world. However, some international Studio Ghibli fans might be surprised to learn that several of the settings in their beloved childhood films are … Read More
From Tradition to Today: Japanese School Uniforms
When you were a student growing up, did your school have uniforms? Most schools in Japan do! Japanese school uniforms, called seifuku (制服), were introduced to Japanese private and public schools in the late 19th century. The uniform traditionally consists of a military-styled uniform for boys and a sailor outfit for girls, but Western-styled Catholic-school uniforms are also very common. In … Read More
Japan’s Most Unique Themed Hotels
Would you stay at a hotel where you were greeted by a dinosaur at the front desk? What about a capsule hotel that looks like a pod from a spaceship? Sure, when you visit Japan, there are loads of regular hotels available for you to stay at. But, why not get the most out of your experience, and stay in one … Read More
Learn Japanese with Anime | YT Live #11
Minasan Ohayō gozaimasu! Good morning, everyone! Today’s YouTube Live lesson was Learn Japanese with Anime. Have you watched Japanese anime before? Do you think the ordinary Japanese people talk like anime characters? Do you think just watching Anime improves your Japanese skills? Let’s find it out more!
Kawaii: Japan’s Obsession With All Things Cute
Kawaii (かわいい) is one of the most commonly used words in the Japanese language. Translated as “cute” in English, it can be used to describe all things cute – people, babies, animals, clothing, decorations, stationary – you name it. When the kawaii trend originated, it was only popular with pre-teen girls. So why is it that today in Japan, it’s … Read More
Gacha-Gacha: Japan’s Capsule Toys
Japan’s capsule toys are popular with people of all ages! If you take a walk down a city street in Japan, it’s very likely you’ll come across the famous Gacha-Gacha machines. Here’s everything you should know about these pocket-sized toys!
10 Incredible Things to Do in Japan This September
When you think of September in Japan, what do you think of? Hot weather? The start of fall? I bet you don’t think of a nationwide sumo wrestling tournament, or a massive EDM music festival that features A-list DJs like The Chainsmokers and Steve Aoki. But these events are happening in September, among several others! You can’t miss these 10 … Read More
10 Things To Do in Tokyo
With the upcoming Olympics being held in Tokyo in 2020, thousands of people are going to be traveling to Tokyo, many for the first time. Here’s a list of 10 things to do in Japan’s biggest city!
Cosplay Show ~Nipponbashi Street Festa 2018
If you are familiar with Japan’s popular anime, gaming, and cosplay culture, then chances are you’ve heard of Japan’s famous “anime town” in Tokyo – Akihabara. But, did you know that Japan’s second largest city, Osaka, is home to one of these pop culture hubs as well?