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 …

Days of Future Fast: The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show

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It’s been a long time since I’ve done a picture post! In November 2013, I had the pleasure of squeezing my way into Tokyo Big Sight for the 43rd annual Tokyo Motor Show. As expected, many of the major car brands were out in full effect: Mazda, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, MINI, Renualt, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Kawasaki, Lexus, Subaru, Jaguar, Volvo, and a whole host of others. I can't claim to be much a car buff, if you ask me about car engines, you'll most like get a blank stare as Continue Reading …

Why Japanese Gyms Suck

Here are some of the most popular gym chains here in Japan.

I was once a wee young, awkward, bird-chested fellow who was just a tidbit lanky for his own good. I really don’t miss the gigantic, iron ball of self-consciousness that was chained to the utter shame that was my puny teenage body. Ugh, I hated those days! I remember reading every Black Belt Magazine, every Muscle & Fitness, and every glossy, Ironman publication I could get my hands on because I wanted to be bigger. I wanted to look like "those guys." I wanted to be able to look at myself in Continue Reading …

An Interview With Loco The Racist

The one and only Loco in Yokohama.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing another blog hero of mine, Loco in Yokohama. In this interview we talk about everything from his books, to being a foreigner living in Japan to teaching in Japan and more. Loco really went all out on this one; I just hope I didn't question him to death. No matter who you are, I really think you'll be able to get something out of this interview. Read on, comment, ask questions, and share! (Trust me, you'll be glad you did ;) ) About Loco 1. Can Continue Reading …

Japanese English That Will Make You Giggle

Funny Cup Noodles Slogan

I was going back through some old pictures of mine and came across some funny, Japanese English gyms. For those who have been here for quite some time, you probably know quite well that you're bound to bump into some silly English word or phrase. This is the reason I love smart phones so much. Often you encounter the craziest Japenglish expressions when you're least expecting to. From Business logos, to t-shirts, to products, to marketing promotions, to commercials, to acting scripts (oh Continue Reading …