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”

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”

My Thoughts on Tokyo vs. Osaka and My Experience Living in Both Cities

If you’ve lived in Japan, you know how fierce the Tokyo vs. Osaka debate can get between both cities. Well, I have experience myself living in both cities, so I thought I would write a short post on some of the little things that really stand out to me personally when comparing my time spentContinue reading “My Thoughts on Tokyo vs. Osaka and My Experience Living in Both Cities”

Japan’s Overpopulated, but…Japan also has Ghost Towns? Here’s What’s Really Going On

A bit about my background living in Japan’s biggest cities, as well as a suburb in Japan. Hi. My name is Evan. I moved to Osaka, Japan in early 2015 to study at a Japanese language school, eventually moving on to studying at Kwansei Gakuin University from 2016 to 2020. Now I’m working in Tokyo.Continue reading “Japan’s Overpopulated, but…Japan also has Ghost Towns? Here’s What’s Really Going On”

Is it Safe to Eat Raw Eggs in Japan? Here’s What Makes Japanese Eggs Different.

Is it safe to eat raw eggs in Japan? But…what about the salmonella!? You’re probably asking yourself. Well, did you know that salmonella actually comes from bacteria on the shell of the egg? Japan has an extremely strict practice for cleaning eggs, resulting in extremely low cases of salmonella infection. While the odd case ofContinue reading “Is it Safe to Eat Raw Eggs in Japan? Here’s What Makes Japanese Eggs Different.”

Reasons to Live in Japan: 4 Small Things I Love About the Japanese Lifestyle

There are many articles about the broader reasons people enjoy living in Japan, but I feel that the topic is a little overdone. Rather than going on about how amazing the food is, or how easy it is to travel domestically, I thought I could introduce some of the little things that I really appreciateContinue reading “Reasons to Live in Japan: 4 Small Things I Love About the Japanese Lifestyle”

Is Osaka dangerous? My experience living in Osaka’s “Minami.”

Is Osaka dangerous? Osaka locals and Tokyo natives love to give their opinions on this one all the time. Osaka was the first place I ever lived in Japan. Over 5 years I lived in the 3 different areas, 2 of which were pretty seedy areas in Osaka, with 1 being a safe suburb inContinue reading “Is Osaka dangerous? My experience living in Osaka’s “Minami.””

Why is Jazz so Popular in Japan? About my Experience Performing Jazz and Blues in Japan

It surprised me when I first moved to Osaka, Japan in 2015 just how popular jazz and blues music is in Japan. One of the things that surprised me about Japan was just how big the Jazz and blues underground music scene is in Japan’s big cities. In particular, as somehow who grew up asContinue reading “Why is Jazz so Popular in Japan? About my Experience Performing Jazz and Blues in Japan”

Are People in Japan…Happy? My Experience Living in Japan Over Nearly a Decade

This is a tough one. I think there’s a bit of a cultural difference between the Western and Japanese concept of “happiness.” While covering some of my own experiences I would like to cover some key concepts unique to the Japanese language and culture, and why this answer isn’t as clear-cut as it may seem.Continue reading “Are People in Japan…Happy? My Experience Living in Japan Over Nearly a Decade”