Ten Days of Japanese Public School Lunch

Time To Eat japanes School lunch

No matter how you stir it, slice it or serve it, more often than not, teaching public school a full-time job. This means your schools are going to become like a second home of sorts. This is true whether your teaching in the U.S. or teaching in Japan. Spending lots of time at your schools, for many teachers, means that you'll end up eating there pretty regularly, namely during lunch time. Among the many delightful differences between Japanese and American public schools is the public school Continue Reading …

21 Warning Signs That You Are an Otaku

Karen is A Classic Otaku

Ever heard the term otaku before? An English student of mine once explained that オタク translates to mean mania or enthusiast, and later became associated with those endaring expressions "geek" or "nerd." You probably know the traditional nerd stereotype already: the glasses-wearing, fashion-aloof, pocket-protector wearing, Mark Zuckerberg-ish (sorry, Mark), man or woman who keeps to themselves and is so into a subject (usually, but not limited to, academic or electronic) that they barely Continue Reading …

The 8 Standards Of Japanese Beauty

Ayase Haruka Smiling

One of the great things about being in Japan for as long as I have is that I’ve gotten to have some pretty fascinating discussions about Japan and why certain aspects of the culture are the way they are. A subject that’s been discussed and rehashed, time and time again, is the discussion on what makes a woman beautiful. Before you call me a chauvinist and put my head on a spike, please hear me out. I’ve had these conversations with more Japanese women than I have with Japanese men because it’s Continue Reading …

10 Reasons Japan Is Still Stuck In the 80′s

Big 80's hair at it's finest.  Go to Kabukicho and you may be able to find hair that's eerily similar.

Many a foreigner will confess that Japan can be a super easy place to live. For those who have been here for maybe two years or longer, you may start to experience that cycle. You told your family and friends that Japan was temporary, that you'd just be here for a year. One year becomes two, two years become three, three becomes five. Five years become ten years, a wife, kids, and the desire to stay in Japan for the rest of your life. If you’re not careful, Japan can become this mellow, Continue Reading …

How To Make Mochi In 7 Easy Steps

Raw Mochigome

Mochi is probably one of the chewiest Japanese foods you can possibly eat. In its hot, ground, raw form, I think someone could replace Spiderman's web cartridges with mochi, and Spidey wouldn't even be able to tell the difference. What is Mochi? Some dictionaries define mochi as a “Japanese rice cake,” but after seeing how it’s made I’d have to say it’s a little different than that. Although there are some rather delicious rice cakes made from mochi, it's more like a sticky dough made Continue Reading …