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 …

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 …

What is a Japanese Share House?

You can end up with a broad spectrum of personalities in a sharehouse.

Finding a place to live is just one of those realities of life, one of the basic human necessities. I remember seeing Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in school and if I recall it right, shelter is among the most important human, physiological needs (food, water, shelter, etc.), right at the base of the pyramid: What passes for “shelter” truly does vary from person to person. Here in Japan, as in most modernized countries what are the main options? Generally, you can rent or you can own. For most Continue Reading …