(Written by Deku) There are endless genres in music, with new jargons popping up every now and then. City Pop is one such genre from Japan, which rose to popularity in the early 1980s, with the arrival of car-stereos. But do the Japanese folks still remember it today? Let’s ask some people and check this […]
(Written by Deku) What is weeaboo? Urban Dictionary defines it as an individual who is overly obsessed with anime and Japanese culture, to the point that they shun their real identity and speak make-believe Japanese. Not to mention that the term is quite controversial and often considered derogatory, although there are people who love the […]
(Written by Deku) Naruto, Goku, Midoriya, Miyazaki, Mikasa! If any of these names ring a bell, then you are definitely a fan of anime! Kawaii (cute) anime characters can often get you hooked to the shows. But have you ever wondered which characters are adored by the native fans in Japan? We decided to go […]
(Written by Deku) Japan is full of rich art & culture! And thanks to the anime culture and their OSTs, people all around the globe are now interested in Japanese music. And not just humans, Japan has singers that don’t even exist! That’s right, we are talking about Hatsune Miku, the face of Vocaloid! But, […]
Sagami, Japan’s leading condom company, conducted a survey on sex in Japan in 2013. Their results are highly interesting, and I always refer to them. However, there doesn’t seem to be enough information in English, so I decided to write about it. The survey was conducted in January 2013 with 14,100 respondents with an equal distribution […]
My book about mixed dating in Japan is available to pre-order!
Hi guys, recently, I’ve written a book about mixed dating in Japan and it’s ready to pre-order! The book features about 15 interviews of people of 8 nationalities who have valuable experience of dating in Japan. Their stories are variously crazy, heart-warming, bittersweet and happy. The book is available in digital and paperback format and […]
Hey guys, I wrote a new About Me page. I talk about how I grew up in Hiroshima, how I learnt English, and how I made so many international friends. I you haven’t read it yet, check it out here.
When Japanese people talk to each other, or why they come back to Ishigaki Island
‘So, where are you from?’ the bartender asked me at my first bar in Ishigaki Island (a western island in Okinawa prefecture). ‘I’m from Kanagawa,’ I said. ‘Hey, this guy’s from Kanagawa,’ the bartender said to one of the two customers – a guy and a girl – at the bar. ‘Really? Whereabouts?’ the guy […]
I got off the train at East Nanjing Road Station. As soon as I was out on the street a girl approached me. It was already past 11 pm. ‘Ni hao.’ She said something in Chinese. ‘Sorry, I don’t speak Chinese,’ I said. ‘Korean?’ she asked. ‘No, I’m Japanese.’ She started speaking broken Japanese. ‘Would […]
This is a story of an Eastern European girl who ventured into Japanese hostess bars. Let’s call her Anna. She was very curious about Japanese hostess bars and wanted to know why guys pay so much money. So she decided to try it out herself. What’s special about Anna is that she ended up working […]