Cultural

Ride the Noble Prize wave

Japan continues to ride the Nobel prize wave Japan’s interest in science and technology has always been at the forefront of reporting and a key highlight of day time talk shows. However, what I found interesting was this piece on… Read More ›

Another plague of Japan: litter

As much as I love living in Japan, there are certain things which bug me at times- an example of this would be the cultural expectation to drink. An example of this would be the expression お神酒上がらぬ神は無い- which means even… Read More ›

The long walk

My journey from Iga-Kambe station to Ueno shi station. The long winding journey that I cannot recommend enough Saturday the start of the weekend and the start of my free time. As discussed, November’s theme is exploration and trying something… Read More ›

How2: Japanese Halloween

Japanese vocabulary for Halloween Halloween is a very commercial time for the Japanese, especially those with children or those who work with children. Here’s a handy list of some spooky vocabulary for you. Firstly, picture the scene you are at… Read More ›

It’s coming…

It’s the c word… Christmas When I was last in Japan 5 years ago as a 留学生 (ryuugakusei or foreign exchange student) in Nagoya, Christmas seemed more like a passing interest- it was something un-Japanese and not really important. Only… Read More ›

The small thanks

Convenience store raffle Occasionally while buying extreamly unhealthy food and coffee, it was treat day (come one next Tuesday), you’ll be told by the attendant to take a ticket. At first you are likely to be confused. But as the… Read More ›