Should you Move to Japan? My Advice and Experience

Living in Japan as a Japanese native and as a foreigner are two very different experiences. A great example of this; in Japan people tend to be more indirect and shy, which means that as a foreigner in order to succeed, you are almost required to take charge. Many different contradictions such as this exists.Continue reading “Should you Move to Japan? My Advice and Experience”

Should Men Use Boku or Ore? My Experience in Japan

There are many different ways to say I in Japanese, each with their own unique nuances. While explaining the intricacies of the different nuances of watashi, boku, and ore, I would like to recount some of my experiences with this from my seven years of experience living in Japan. The type of “I” you useContinue reading “Should Men Use Boku or Ore? My Experience in Japan”

Is it Easy to Make Friends in Japan? My Experience

I have lived in Japan since January of 2015, and I have found it both extremely fun, and at times difficult to work my head around the process of making friends in Japan. There are many factors to consider including Japanese culture specific culture such as honne and tatemae, as well as a cultural differenceContinue reading “Is it Easy to Make Friends in Japan? My Experience”

Does Language Affect The Way We Think? My Experience as a Bilingual Japanese-English Speaker

I can confirm as a Japanese speaker that the differences seen in frequency of vocabulary, as well as unique words that don’t translate across multiple languages are enough by themselves to significantly alter one’s way of thinking when speaking another language. That being said, in my experience, this change is mostly limited to when youContinue reading “Does Language Affect The Way We Think? My Experience as a Bilingual Japanese-English Speaker”

Are Sumo Wrestlers…Healthy? All About The Sumo Diet And Lifestyle

Sumo wrestler’s diet and unique training techniques lead to a healthier distribution of body fat, as well as a comparative lack visceral fat that allows them to build size while maintaining their health.  What do Sumo wrestlers eat?  Sumo wrestlers traditionally eat two massive meals throughout the day. Their primary meal is Chanko-nabe, which isContinue reading “Are Sumo Wrestlers…Healthy? All About The Sumo Diet And Lifestyle”

What people REALLY Do On Japanese New Year’s

Japanese families traditionally gather to eat seasonal-appropriate foods such as Osechi ryori, and participlate in Hatsumōde (初詣, hatsumōde) which is the first Buddhist temple or Shinto shrine visit of the Japanese New Year. In Japan, New Year’s is an important holiday to spend with family. But I know the truth…I know what everybody really caresContinue reading “What people REALLY Do On Japanese New Year’s”

Why Are There So Many Japanese People Living In Brazil? A Historical Overview

Japanese mass immigration to Brazil began on June 18, 1908 when the steamship Kasato-maru brought the first group of Japanese immigrants to work in coffee plantations of the São Paulo state. This is the result of a treaty between Japan and Brazil meant to bolster Brazil’s agricultural industry. Here’s why… Which country outside of JapanContinue reading “Why Are There So Many Japanese People Living In Brazil? A Historical Overview”

Do People in Japan Drink Coffee? All About the ‘Third Wave’

In 2019, over 7.5 million 60 kg bags of coffee were consumed in Japan. Japan is one of the biggest coffee-consuming nations in the world, despite the fact that the amount of home-consumption barely creeps into the global top 50 rankings. Why people drink coffee in Japan, and the reason why canned coffee is soContinue reading “Do People in Japan Drink Coffee? All About the ‘Third Wave’”

Why Japanese Books are Written From Right-to-Left.

Japanese texts were historically written to be read from the top of the page down, and right to left. This was originally due to China’s influence on Japan’s writing system, since Japan imported Chinese characters or ‘kanji’ in Japanese in the 5th century via routes through Korea. Since then, recently it isn’t uncommon to seeContinue reading “Why Japanese Books are Written From Right-to-Left.”

Which Japanese Alphabet Should You Learn First? A Beginner’s Guide

While there are 3 major alphabets in Japanese, Hiragana is the most standard and widely used alphabet that binds the grammar of Japanese together. If you are just starting to learn Japanese characters and are wondering where to begin, you should learn Hiragana first. How to get started learning Hiragana The first thing I wouldContinue reading “Which Japanese Alphabet Should You Learn First? A Beginner’s Guide”