NEWSFLASH: Hiroyuki Tanaka Wins World Top Fork competition in all categories

Tokyo, Japan June 25th Hiroyuki Tanaka stunned Japan and the world when he took 1st place in all major categories in the 73rd World Fork and Spoon World Championship  (Fork Division), and distinguished himself so greatly in forksmanship that he was awarded  the rarely given title of World... Read More

The Amazing Japanese Wife: Part II “Fucked Up in Six Trees”

This is part two of series of short-stories by culture commentator, movie reviewer, and fiction writer–Kaori Shoji–on international love gone wrong in and out of Japan.  **** By my personal estimate, the lives of most white foreigners in Tokyo start and end within the confines of a town... Read More

If you love Japan, make it better. Our mission statement.

A note from the editor: Criticism is caring. If you don’t address social problems or recognise they exist, nothing changes. I love Japan and many Japanese people are hard-working, honest, and polite. That doesn’t mean the society doesn’t have problems, such as child poverty,... Read More

Who Matters? Sexual Assault and Inadequate Police Response in Japan

Recently Japan Subculture Research Center’s acting editor-in-chief, Jake Adelstein,  and managing editor, Mari Yamamoto, published an article, “Do Men In Japan Ever Get Convicted For Rape?” in the Daily Beast on the need for change in the sexual assault laws and the handling... Read More

Ladies of Japan: Last chance to be “The New Spice girl!” or World Idol! Apply By February 23rd!

Remember the Spice Girls? (Like a AKB48 but with human rights and a decent salary)—Well, the man who launched them and produced the show American Idol, is creating a new global group, Now United, and he’s looking for a Japanese woman to join the team. If you’re a young Japanese... Read More

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

The Face and Lip Mask Haul 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... Read More

Celebrate Japanese Cinema Day: 映画の日! Ninja! Yakuza! Cyborgs! Reviews!

Since 1956, Japan’s film industry has set aside a day to celebrate the birth of cinema in this country. December 1st, 2016, marks the 60th anniversary. The holiday is also known a 映画の日 (eiga no hi). The first showing of a film is generally considered to have happened in 1896... Read More

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

  One of the abiding myths that exist among the Japanese is that we are a single race nation. The school system teaches among other things, that no one, but absolutely no one, lives here except us Japanese-speaking, NHK-loving folk, firmly entrenched in samurai values and our ethical values... Read More

Wearable Technology Tells How Your Pets Feel

https://d2nj14si6cadzm.cloudfront.net/d6/d60fa8a2995563b58a2db1fdc5647852/mp4_med/d60fa8a2995563b58a2db1fdc5647852-mp4_med.mp4 By Julianne Chiaet They say dogs are a man’s best friend, but how does your pet really feel about you? Japanese company Anicall developed a wearable device that... Read More

The Rise & Fall Of Japanese Xmas: Please Bring Back The Sex & Money & Carnal Pleasures

“Those were the days” is a phrase a woman must never utter once she hits 40 as it makes her seem unnecessarily outdated. But there are times when one is called upon to bend this golden rule, and state – clearly and plainly – that those WERE the days. Hell, yes. Has the... Read More

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