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

Japanese Gyms

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 …

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 …

Days of Future Fast: The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show

Tokyo-Mokyo-Motor-Show-2013-Kawaski-BCru

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 …