• The Japanese Breakfast vs. The American Breakfast
    July 19th, 2012By Category: Food & Dining
    Please close your eyes for a second and think about your idea of the perfect, most delectable breakfast you could have. Think about every nuance. Are you eating it at a restaurant that really makes your tummy smile every time you go? Perhaps it’s at your Mom’s house o ... » Continue Reading
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    Narcolepsy and Evolution: How to Deal With a Student Sleeping in Class
    July 18th, 2012By Category: Teaching in Japan
    Our curriculum at a university in Tokyo requires us to have at least fifteen minutes of silent reading every class. As such it should not be surprising that often students will open their books during this fifteen minutes, place them on their desks and fall asleep. ... » Continue Reading
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    Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park
    July 18th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Fuji-Q Highland is an amusement park located in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan. The theme park is near the base of the famous Mount Fuji. This is the place for you if you love rides and roller-coasters rather than the attractions of say, Disneyland or Disney Sea ... » Continue Reading
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    Mind the Flash
    July 17th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    Japanese people have mastered the camera pose. Crafted it into a fine art and bequeathed it unto their young in such a fashion that one might even begin to think it genetic, a biological imperative perhaps, an evolutionary tweak that has emerged along with the technol ... » Continue Reading
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    Out of the Sketchbook: Nagai Hideyuki’s 3D Art
    July 17th, 2012By Category: Play
    21-year old Japanese artist, Nagai Hideyuki, is one of those people who can bend reality and blow your mind away--not literally though, but through his 3D sketches. His works look so real, they look like you could reach out and touch them. It's pretty difficult to fig ... » Continue Reading
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    Miyazaki Lego Sculptures
    July 16th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    The wonderful characters of Hayao Miyazaki have long enjoyed both commercial and critical success in Japan. If you're a fan of his works, you would notice that his films contain recurrent themes like humanity's relationship with nature and technology, and most of his ... » Continue Reading
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    How to make Bacon & Cheese Potato Buns (なんちゃってベークドポテトパン)
    July 13th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    How many of you are excited about the London Olympics coming up? I am! I love watching the Olympics games, because watching the athletes perform always really do inspire me! Every summer for the past few years, I have spent my summer in Europe/UK, but this year, ... » Continue Reading
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    Fun and Freaky Facts About Friday the 13th
    July 13th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    We all have good and bad days. But there's just one particular date all over the world that most people relate to misfortune: Friday the 13th. No matter where you're from, you've probably heard or read some stuff about misfortunes that happened on this date for th ... » Continue Reading
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    Cat Café
    July 12th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    If this were Vietnam, the term “cat café” might lead you to question whether the establishment offered a dubious menu consisting of feline dishes. Thankfully, Japan has no such intentions for neko. Cat cafes are common in cities here, with patrons paying to spend time w ... » Continue Reading
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    The Woodsman and the Rain
    July 11th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    The 2012 Japan Film Week in China was held in Beijing on June 14, 2012 and it was attended by several Japanese and Chinese film industry figures. 12 films from Japan were showcased in Beijing which ran until June 19 while Shanghai got to see these films from June 16 ... » Continue Reading
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    Missed Connections
    July 10th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    “I’m moving back to Texas.” This was my mantra for the first month after my relocation in Japan. My first year in Japan was a dating disaster. After a sexist salary man, playboy American, and a few unbelievably awkward first dates, I felt tired and defeated. A n ... » Continue Reading
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    The Land of Many Surprises
    July 10th, 2012By Category: Uncategorized
    With a culture that is in many ways very different to my own, this cannot come as a huge shock. On first moving here, I had several experiences that surprised or amazed me and subsequently reminded me of just how far from home I was. Experiences like seeing tons of ... » Continue Reading