Local Japan: Living in Southwest Nerima – our perfect mix

February 22nd, 2018 By Mascha Elbers
Local Japan

«Nerima? Oh please no! What on earth am I supposed to do in Nerima?!» This was a young American’s reaction when he learned that his company had decided to accommodate him in Nerima-ku for his one-month business stay in Japan. Though he had lived in Tokyo for several years before moving back to the US he had never felt the urge to set foot into Nerima, as he told ... Read More

My Own Japan: An Extended Martial Pilgrimage

February 15th, 2018 By Elizabeth Scally
My Own Japan

In 1992, the spring of my first year at university in Vancouver, Canada, while browsing collector's comic books with my father, I flicked through a stack of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back issues. I remarked to my father, "Some American comic book artists made up Japanese-themed warriors and called them ninja." My father told me that this was no invention, and that ninja espionage agents and guerrilla fighters in ... Read More

Local Japan: Otsuki - Charming Town in the South

February 1st, 2018 By Reina Bolanos
Local Japan

The town of Ōtsuki in Kochi Prefecture would be one of the last places many people would choose to visit when planning their vacation; much less decide to live. Similar to other small towns in Japan, Ōtsuki’s population is gradually decreasing because it is unable to offer young professionals a job in an up and coming industry with agriculture/fishing being the largest source of income for the town ... Read More

My Own Japan: Tough Love: Japanese Cinema and I

January 25th, 2018 By Andreas Neuenkirchen
My Own Japan

To say that I first came to Japan because of my love for Japanese cinema would be a major simplification. A gross exaggeration. Actually an outright lie. I first came to Japan, because my company needed someone to go to Japan. However, I’m sure my love for Japanese cinema played a part in my quick decision that I shall be the one, when my colleagues either couldn’t be ... Read More

Wanted: Blog Writers !

January 23rd, 2018 By Cyrielle U

Gyotaku - not Otaku. You haven’t heard of it before? Gyotaku is the traditional method of printing fish in Japan. The fish is caught, ink is applied on the (dead?) fish, then paper is pressed on the fish and voila - fish print on paper. Remember Gyotaku because next time you go to an international party you might just meet someone from abroad who came exactly for this reason to Japan ... Read More

Cheap ways to learn Japanese in Tokyo

January 16th, 2018 By Cyrielle U

You made it! You sat up in Japan, and you are now either looking for a job either already working - if you got lucky enough to find the few job offers that does not require a minimum conversational level of Japanese level.But here is the point: if you want to have the maximum job opportunities, a better salary, and even your own private apartment you better improve your Japanese ... Read More

Local Japan: Kagoshima - Living with an Active Volcano

January 11th, 2018 By Turner Wright
Local Japan

Waking up in Japan never became completely routine to me. Even in a western-style apartment in Tokyo, I saw an unfamiliar skyline to my right every morning. In Kagoshima, the difference was even more startling for someone who had grown up in a place like Texas, where calling the landscape flat is an understatement. It wasn’t unusual to see a little cloud over Sakurajima, the volcano overlooking Kinko Bay ... Read More

My Own Japan: Life as a Gyaru and Working in Shibuya 109

January 4th, 2018 By Teni Wada
My Own Japan

We all have a story of how we ended up in Japan. Whether it be love, studies, martial arts, calligraphy, animation, swordmaking, you name it, there’s something that attracted us to this island country. Here is my story.It begins perhaps much like the stories of anyone interested in all things Japan. It was 2002 and I started my senior year of high school at as a transfer student ... Read More

Local Japan: Kochi - the city of natural beauty and crazy party people

December 26th, 2017 By Arthur Davis
Local Japan

Kochi Prefecture stretches east to west, across an arc of land that forms the southern coastline of Shikoku Island. In roughly the mid-point of this arc sits the prefectural capital, Kochi City. Lush green forests cover the mountains, rivers with the purest water in the country, flow down to the Pacific and a warm ocean current brings the bounty of the sea up along the coast. Shikoku is the least ... Read More

My Own Japan: The Chase - Fulfilling One Dream after Another

December 14th, 2017 By Aja Alano
My Own Japan

My fascination towards Japan can be traced as far back as 10 years ago, 2007, when the local television in my country started broadcasting dramas from Japan. But it was until I watched this certain drama series entitled Hanazakari no Kimitachi e that I totally got hooked and curious about the country. As a young girl back then, all I could do was to read things on the Internet and ... Read More