How to Use 3 Prong Plugs in Japan? Here’s an Easy Solution!

In order to use your 3 prong plugs with Japan’s 2 prong outlets, you simply need to purchase a 2 Prong to 3 prong outlet adapter, which you will plug all of your devices into directly, which you will then plug directly into the 2 prong outlet. While the slightly lower voltage may slightly affectContinue reading “How to Use 3 Prong Plugs in Japan? Here’s an Easy Solution!”

Is it Okay to Use Manga to Study Japanese? My Experience

While I don’t read manga as much anyone after having lived in Japan going on 7 years now (now i’m living the manga?), I have used manga regularly in my Japanese study routines. In my 8 years of studying Japanese, I found that manga can be used to study Japanese in a pretty specific way.Continue reading “Is it Okay to Use Manga to Study Japanese? My Experience”

Anime Recommendations From a Guy in Japan Who Isn’t Really Into Anime. Which Anime Should You Start With?

If you are a looking for a few options, here you go! In this article I go into why I recommend each anime, as well as my experience discovering anime in my late teens and early 20’s. Here are a few anime you should start with In my opinion the first anime you should startContinue reading “Anime Recommendations From a Guy in Japan Who Isn’t Really Into Anime. Which Anime Should You Start With?”

My Experience; What is the Best Way to Learn Japanese Outside of Japan?

I’ve personally wasted a lot of time on inefficient Japanese study habits over the years, in particular before I moved to Japan. I believe that the best way to learn Japanese effectively outside of Japan, in my experience, is to provide yourself with an environment of ‘active immersion.’ So, how can you do this? InContinue reading “My Experience; What is the Best Way to Learn Japanese Outside of Japan?”

Why Are There Still Arcades in Japan? My Experience

Japan’s living conditions being what they are, small homes and paper-thin walls are not uncommon. Because of how Japan’s infrastructure gradually shifted to accommodate a more population-dense society, many facets of Japanese life are designed to be enjoyed primarily outside of the home. This includes arcades! The reason why there are still arcades in Japan?Continue reading “Why Are There Still Arcades in Japan? My Experience”

Why Does Japan Use So Much Packaging? My Experience With Japan’s Food Sharing Culture

There are many factors for why Japan uses so much packaging. A cultural tendency to want to easily share snacks one of these reasons, along with Japan’s views on hygiene and common eating practices. Throughout this article I will go over my own experiences living in Japan, and some things I have I noticed. TheContinue reading “Why Does Japan Use So Much Packaging? My Experience With Japan’s Food Sharing Culture”

Is Tokyo a City / State / or Prefecture? Let’s Take a Look!

Did you know that Tokyo technically isn`t a city? Technically, Tokyo is a prefecture, made up of 23 smaller mini city pocket special wards. However, Tokyo prefecture is only a small fraction of The Greater Tokyo Area…so how big is Tokyo, and how do we even begin to define it as an area? It’s…pretty complicated.Continue reading “Is Tokyo a City / State / or Prefecture? Let’s Take a Look!”

How Long Does it Take To Learn Japanese? My Experience

A large chunk of my experience first studying Japanese was while I was living in Japan, so my situation may be different than yours. That being said, I would say that I would consider myself to be comfortably fluent after 2 or 3 years of rigorous Japanese study. That standard, however, keeps getting higher. HowContinue reading “How Long Does it Take To Learn Japanese? My Experience”

Why Don’t Japanese Men Have Beards? All About ‘Seiketsukan’ Culture

Japanese men usually don’t have beards because they don’t match Japan’s obsession with the concept of seiketsukan, which can roughly be translated as a ‘sharp-dressed’ look into English. This concept of seiketsukan is a very important factor of Japanese society. Let’s take a deeper look. The simple answer to why men in Japan don’t haveContinue reading “Why Don’t Japanese Men Have Beards? All About ‘Seiketsukan’ Culture”

How Long Does it Take to Learn Kanji? My Experience

In my time living in Japan I have heard many people say that you need to memorize around 2000 Kanji characters to be able to fluently learn Japanese. Based on my experience, I know that it took me personally 3 or 4 years of rigorous study, most of that studying taking place in Japan, toContinue reading “How Long Does it Take to Learn Kanji? My Experience”