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  • Interview: Business Set-Up in Japan
    September 10th, 2012By Category: Starting a Business
    1. Could you give a brief outline of the type of business you operate in Japan? Platinum Training Consultants K.K. specializes in cross-cultural training. We help staff at Japanese companies to adapt to the challenges of working in an increasingly global environment. ... » Continue Reading
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    Dress Up and Fly
    September 10th, 2012By Category: Arts & Entertainment
    Admit it. At one point in your life you’ve imagined yourself as a superhero or an anime character. You took a short blanket, wrapped it around you to make it a cape and called yourself a superhero who can fly. It’s one of those experiences you can look back on and te ... » Continue Reading
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    Well Trained
    September 7th, 2012By Category: Culture, Travel
    Why taking the train in Japan is more pleasure than business. Central Sydney 6.15pm: Walk into the station building. Line up to use one of only four ticket vending machines. Dang, only have a twenty dollar note. Slide it in anyway. Machine spits it out. Not enough ch ... » Continue Reading
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    Tokyo’s Best Cafés
    September 7th, 2012By Category: Food & Dining, Travel
    A ¥10,500 airplane ticket with renowned ANA airlines to fly to any destination within Japan? With such an affordable ticket, save your change and get ready to explore the cool Tokyo.... because cool is what Tokyo is, first and foremost. In my experience, the bes ... » Continue Reading
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    Forgotten Dreamland
    September 7th, 2012By Category: Play, Travel
    Japan is home to many amusement parks, the most famous being Tokyo Disneyland but some parks have been abandoned by their owners. Whether they are too expensive to run or to tear down these once great family entertainment centers are left to be slowly taken over by natu ... » Continue Reading
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    The Midnight Fire of Matsuji
    September 6th, 2012By Category: Arts & Entertainment, Culture, Events, Travel
    With the summer heat invading Japan, I decided to take a trip down memory lane by browsing through some winter pictures I took around Tohoku. I instantly remembered how cold that January night was and enjoyed the brief cooling sensation. I recalled the strange sights, b ... » Continue Reading
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    Izakaya
    September 6th, 2012By Category: Culture, Food & Dining, Travel
    The Japanese pub is fantastic.  Some are standing only.  The quality of food is to die for and the choice of sake is heaven. An izakaya is a drinking establishment that serves not only various beverages (alcoholic or not) but also serves food to accompany the drinks. ... » Continue Reading
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    Walk and Talk Osaka
    September 5th, 2012By Category: Travel
    Has anyone ever sung you the praises of a destination by insisting on all the great conversations you would have there? The fast-paced life of Osaka doesn’t mean that locals don’t have time to stop and chat. Osakans are renowned among the Japanese for being very frien ... » Continue Reading
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    Rebranding Japan with a new wave of products
    September 5th, 2012By Category: Culture, Shopping
    Old craft houses and workshops in crumbling side streets are certainly far removed from the shiny modern images of Tokyo that the country likes to associate with its cool Japan branding campaigns. But it is the small, (usually) old family businesses that lie within th ... » Continue Reading
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    The Japan Rail Pass
    September 4th, 2012By Category: Travel
    Japan’s rail services are one of the best in the world. They are extremely efficient and go just about everywhere in Japan. If you plan to do a lot of travelling in Japan then you should consider the Japan Rail Pass. The pass allows for unlimited travel on ... » Continue Reading
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    Why people ‘Cosplay’
    September 3rd, 2012By Category: Culture
    “What makes people get into cosplay? Is it only the otaku type? How openly is cosplay culture accepted outside of Japan and what kind of businesses are available for cosplayers in Japan?” Many of you who are not quite into today’s cosplay culture may question the r ... » Continue Reading
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    The Okinawan lifestyle
    September 3rd, 2012By Category: Travel
    By Carlo Fornari I have been living in Okinawa for almost two years. For a lot of foreigners, especially Western people, Okinawa is an unknown destination, known only through the movie “Karate Kid Part 2,” or at least for me it was so. This doesn’t surprise me very m ... » Continue Reading

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