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 having crooked teeth in Japan really considered cute? My Experience With Japan’s Dental Industry

There is a lot of confusion around dental care in Japan, and in my experience most people assume that Japanese dental practices aren’t up to the standard of the rest of the world. “Japanese people don’t use fluoride.”, “In Japan, crooked teeth are considered charming.”, etc. There are a lot of rumors, and all ofContinue reading “Is having crooked teeth in Japan really considered cute? My Experience With Japan’s Dental Industry”

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 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”