The Tokyo Vices Of The Great White Journalist: Christopher Johnson

The Troll. The Bully. Self-proclaimed journalist. Terrible nuisance.天の邪鬼

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I heard that your daughter gives really good head… and so does your son.
Hey, I wanted to hear if your children are getting a good sleep because… when you get fired, and I get fired, you’re going to have to put your kids out of international school and into Japanese school and I’ll be waiting for them. (Troll, 2007)

The Sweet Taste Of Thailand….In Kagurazaka? (神楽坂のタイ?)”Roti” rocks

Roti with banana, chocolate, eggs, and coconut ice cream over crispy and chewy bread (Roti) was a hard to find Thai treat in Tokyo. Now you can find it in Kagurazaka

Making Roti is not easy. It takes some real expertise to stretch the dough and make it very thin. Hence, despite the popularity of Thai food in japan, this dessert is not seen anywhere. Fortunately, the first Roti place called Gootora cafe is now opened in Kagurazaka

Manga and Dating Sims: The Real Path to Japanese Mastery

Check out our review of Benjamin Boas' story of how he got interested in Japan through games and manga.

Boas also provides some useful vocabulary for the basic Japanese learner, particularly while exploring manga and anime’s odd visual effects to communicate emotion, such as veins popping to signal anger which often resemble traffic intersections, and teardrops the size of ostrich eggs to symbolize embarrassment. Boas also touches on the fact that characters often respond to getting excited by girls’ underwear by getting intense nosebleeds or 鼻血(hanadji), which I first thought to be chopsticks sprouting from their noses (pictured below).

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

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

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?

Most Evil Corporation Of The Year In Japan Award 2015: 711 Japan?

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Power harassment, sexual harassment, unpaid overtime, extended work hours, discrimination, casualization, short-term employment contract, etc…Japan’s workers have been ground down by companies that repeat these practices and sometimes even drive workers to their death. We consider them the “Most Evil Corporations.”

The Girl’s Guide to Decluttering and Hunting (in that order)


Consider these 2 pictures. Before: Single, living alone in a 29 square meter apartment in Tokyo. The place is so filthy it’s a struggle every morning to shower, get dressed and get to the door. The toilet hasn’t been cleaned in 4 months and the tiny kitchen defies description. After: Living with a younger, handsome […]

Scary Things You Never Knew You Didn’t Know About Japanese Halloween

The creators of the YouTube data-driven drama series, Nonalog which “tells the stories of young people finding each other in an overly-connected world” turns its attention to Halloween for a special omnibus episode. The series motto is “from search data, we look into what Japanese people are really searching for” and this time its applied to Halloween.

Bitcoin CEO Karpeles Arrested But What Is He Guilty Of?

The Japanese police arrested Mark Karpeles, the CEO of Mt Gox, once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange on Saturday morning for inflating his US accounts. But what is he really guilty of?

Ghost in the Shell: The Matrix of Sci-Fi Anime

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With the newest Ghost in the Shell film in theaters, and a live-action version on the horizon, it’s important to take a look back at what made the original so popular.