What is it Like Living in Japan as an American? My Experience Living in Japan for 7 Years

Are you ready to enjoy the ramblings of an American who went to Japanese Language School, Japanese University, and is not working in Japan as a translator and international marketing consultant? Well, humble brags aside, here I go. Here I am, sitting at 12:30am, working out in my head exactly what I even want toContinue reading “What is it Like Living in Japan as an American? My Experience Living in Japan for 7 Years”

These 8 Things Are What Make Japanese so Difficult to Learn

This social context can be seen pretty clearly in Japan’s senpai-kohai or “superior and subordinate” relationships. In January of 2015 I moved to Osaka, Japan to enroll in a Japanese language school. Like many others, I assumed diving into the deep end with complete Japanese immersion would be the thing that would push me toContinue reading “These 8 Things Are What Make Japanese so Difficult to Learn”

Why is Japan called Japan? ‘Nippon’ vs. ‘Nihon’ and more on why Japan is called what it is.

The many things Japan is and was called. From Wakoku to both Nippon and Nihon, “The Land of the Rising Sun”, Japan, and more, Japan has been referred to by many different names throughout the course of history. But…why? How can the name “Japan” be related to something as different as “Wakoku” or “Nippon?” YouContinue reading “Why is Japan called Japan? ‘Nippon’ vs. ‘Nihon’ and more on why Japan is called what it is.”

Do Adults in Japan Watch Anime? My Experience Living in Japan

In my 7 years of living in Japan, I’ve noticed that this country has a really interesting relationship with anime, both as a media and marketing tool. I’ve experienced that scene straight out of Lost in Translation many times. The one where a 60 year old man is standing on the train, reading some mangaContinue reading “Do Adults in Japan Watch Anime? My Experience Living in Japan”

Is Japanese University ‘Easy?’ My Experience Studying in Japan and the US Compared

I am a part of what just may be a very exclusive group of people on this planet. I had the pleasure of studying at both a Japanese and American university. Well, technically I studied at an American college, but that’s besides the point. I had lived the university life in both countries as aContinue reading “Is Japanese University ‘Easy?’ My Experience Studying in Japan and the US Compared”

My Experience With the Covid-19 Pandemic in Japan.

As of January 2022, it’s hard to believe that this all started almost 2 years ago. Actually, it had already started 2 years ago. Actually, it was already there even well before that. Maybe it hadn’t relentlessly bombarded our collective consciousness in quite the same way, but it was already there. Japan was in factContinue reading “My Experience With the Covid-19 Pandemic in Japan.”

Is There Stand-Up Comedy in Japan? My Experience Living in Japan’s Capital of Comedy

I think there’s this preconception people have that there is only slapstick comedy in Japan. Perhaps it’s the infamy of “Japanese game shows” (Japanese game shows actually aren’t really a thing, but I’ll go more into this another time), and the language barrier, but…is there really no stand-up comedy in Japan? It’s all human tetrisContinue reading “Is There Stand-Up Comedy in Japan? My Experience Living in Japan’s Capital of Comedy”

Some of my Crazy Experiences Moving in Japan, and How You Can Make Moving in Japan Easier.

Of all of the experiences of living in Japan as a foreigner, the process of finding a new apartment and moving is infamously loaded with roadblocks and problems that…often don’t have any simple solution. That being said, through the process of trial and error through 3 major moves in the country (one of them beingContinue reading “Some of my Crazy Experiences Moving in Japan, and How You Can Make Moving in Japan Easier.”

Why are Torii Shrine Gates Red? The Reason Why, and More on the Significance of Torii in Japan

Torii gates serve as both the entrance and importance symbol of Shinto shrines in Japan. Symbolizing the doorway between the outside material world, and the world of the spirits found within, passing through a torii gate symbolizes the transfer between these two worlds. Something that I have noticed living in the Japan for the pastContinue reading “Why are Torii Shrine Gates Red? The Reason Why, and More on the Significance of Torii in Japan”

What Does Senpai Really Mean? My Experiences Working in Japan, and Some Thoughts on Why People in Japan Work so Much Overtime

So…what does senpai really mean in Japanese? I’m sure you know the Japanese word “senpai” (先輩) because of the countless”notice me senpai” meme’s, but did you know there’s something called a kohai (後輩) too? So, what is a senpai, and what is a kohai? Well, it depends on who’s talking…literally! Both the words senpai andContinue reading “What Does Senpai Really Mean? My Experiences Working in Japan, and Some Thoughts on Why People in Japan Work so Much Overtime”