• The late blooming yaezakura (八重桜) are the 花見 (hanami) to end Hanami.

    The Late-Blooming Cherry Blossoms: Yaezakura. Never too late for Hanami






    There are many kinds of cherry blossom. Yae-Zakura is a double-layer type of sakura which is famous for its beauty and strength. The normal type of one-layer sakura tends to be fragile and easily be blown away by strong wind or rain. I believe that a lot of us have never heard or seen this type of sakura before.




  • Well-known and respected Yogini, Mae Yoshikawa will be conducting a workshop in June.

    Heal Your Expat Heart: Find Your Element Workshops











    If you feel like you’re on someone else’s path, feel creatively blocked, are bored with your current job, and remain unsure about whether you are maximizing your potential and/or whether you ever will, you are not alone. We created the “Find Your Element Workshop” and the “Enhance Your Element: Introduction to Mindful Meditation” to help connect you with what you want and with who you are.







  • A niche manga about the life of a Japanese man and his French wife living in Tokyo

    “Does My Gaijin Husband Go Good With My Dress?” Mixed Marriage in France & Japan











    France has the highest rate of mixed marriages in the EU – close to 20% of married couples are of differing nationalities. For the rest of Europe that number on average, is a paltry 3%. In Japan, mixed marriages have soared since 1965: one out of every 30 or so couples who got married between 2006 and 2013 fit that bill. 50 years ago, it was one out of every 230. (Source: nippon.com)







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    Merry and Gay Pocky? Japan discovers LGBT marketing.











    We discovered something amazing after we flipped the bottle of tea. On the reverse side, it has picture of the opposite gender– meaning you can make a boy kiss a boy and a girl kiss a girl. These products are gay and lesbian friendly! Are Glico and Gogo no Kocha sneakily marketing to same-sex couples? Or are they unaware that they made their packaging to include them.







  • Sambo and Antithesis

    Critics Up In Arms Over Doglegs






    Heath Cozen’s controversial documentary ‘Doglegs’ has already scooped up a ‘Best Director’ award at Fantastic Fest 2015, and continues to divide critics since making the rounds of International film festivals.       For the uninitiated, ‘Doglegs’ is an underground, radically-minded wrestling league formed by a group of physically and mentally disabled people and the volunteers […]




The late blooming yaezakura (八重桜) are the 花見 (hanami) to end Hanami.

The Late-Blooming Cherry Blossoms: Yaezakura. Never too late for Hanami











There are many kinds of cherry blossom. Yae-Zakura is a double-layer type of sakura which is famous for its beauty and strength. The normal type of one-layer sakura tends to be fragile and easily be blown away by strong wind or rain. I believe that a lot of us have never heard or seen this type of sakura before.







Well-known and respected Yogini, Mae Yoshikawa will be conducting a workshop in June.

Heal Your Expat Heart: Find Your Element Workshops











If you feel like you’re on someone else’s path, feel creatively blocked, are bored with your current job, and remain unsure about whether you are maximizing your potential and/or whether you ever will, you are not alone. We created the “Find Your Element Workshop” and the “Enhance Your Element: Introduction to Mindful Meditation” to help connect you with what you want and with who you are.







Snake Venom, Bee Toxin, Horse Oil, Snail Slime: Saving Face in Japan is Icky Fun











Japan is a country where saving face is paramount—even if that means covering it with snake venom, bee toxin, horse oil, or snail slime. One company in Japan has been tremendously successful by catering to the Japanese love for looking good, thus saving face, and exotic ingredients. Their array of face masks, which are applied to the skin as shown in the photos, are almost all reasonably priced at 100 yen and are always exciting to find in the local pharmacy. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the tingly sensation and fresh skin feeling you get from spreading cobra venom on your face?