Should I Really Use A Textbook To Study Japanese?

The Japan Guy's Stack of Japanese Textbooks

In a world of apps, gadgets, gizmos, and software, the old, faithful, paper Japanese textbook doesn’t always get the love it deserves. Maybe you’ve even come across people who have nothing good to say about textbooks: “You can’t learn real Japanese from a book!” “Japanese people don’t actually speak like that.”
“You’re learning Japanese, huh? "Oh you’re using THAT textbook.” “That textbook sucks eggs.” While I honestly haven’t heard the term “suck eggs” since my Ren and Stimpy, “Happy Continue Reading …

A List of All Japanese Gold’s Gym Locations in Plain English

Is that me?  Nope, it's not.  That why I'm going to the gym in the first place...to get in better shape.  If I missed any Gold's Gym listings, please let me know!

Attention to all you fitness fans out there! If you’re living in Japan you may be having a hard time finding a Japanese gym because a) the rules are a bit weird, b) it’s too expensive, or c) you’ve caught one too many eyefuls Japanese male privates. If any of these are your reasons, I hate to say it, but a Japanese gyms may be a lost cause. Well, not completely. You’ll find that nearly every gym you go to in Japan is going to do things just a little differently than the gym in your hometown. Continue Reading …

Do You Know These 14 Famous Japanese New Year Traditions?

New Years at Sojiji Shrine

Woohoo! It’s 2014 baby! If you haven’t celebrated New Year’s in your time zone yet, please let me be the first to travel back in time to wish you the best New Year ever! Being in Japan often means celebrating the differences between cultures. One major difference between Japanese and American culture, among others, is that each country has its own unique holidays & national events. And each has its own, unique way of celebrating. For example, America doesn’t nationally celebrate the Continue Reading …

SOINN, The Robot Apocalypse Begins

Japan Guy Robot Apocalypse

There is nothing like a cool technology story. Today's little story comes from my good friend Koichi. Have you ever hear of SOINN? If you haven't prepare to have your mind blown! SOINN Stands for the Self Organizing Incremental Neural Network. This is a learning algorithm created by Dr. Osamu Hasegawa at the Tokyo Institue of Technology. Wait wouldn't that school name abbreviate as T.I.T.? I'm sorry, I couldn't resist. Back to the story... This algorithm can use the internet to Continue Reading …

A Japanese Sharehouse Tour

A look at a Japanese Sharehouse

Renting in Japan can be extremely expensive, in large part because of that pain-in-the-butt key money. This one time, sometimes exorbitantly expensive, fee is a major reason why many foreigners may feel hesitant about moving to a new place. When it was time for me to leave Tsukuba, the city I lived in for about five years, I had a little money in reserve to take care of key money and the first month’s rent at a decent apartment. However, I was trying to do my modeling thing at the time, and I Continue Reading …