culture

Lucky Maruda or Daruma

Daruma or Maruda are a classic symbol of luck and they are simply Japanese. But have you ever wondered how they came to be or even what they are? These delightful charms are initially designed on Bodhidhama or the founder… Read More ›

Disposition in Japan

Definition: disposal of human remains in Japan Time for another jolly post but this time about disposition. But why talk about such a topic during awareness month? Simply put, it is a problem that no-one talks about. Global disposition options… Read More ›

Advanced directives in Japan

Not an easy topic but a necessary one. Please look at this beautiful picture, its nice and pretty and if you are squeamish please try to read this article- its important. Anything that is in relation to end of life… Read More ›

Opinion: Christmas, the prolific

As I have previously discussed, Japan’s interest in Christmas seems to have exploded since my time as a foreign exchange student just 5 years ago. It could be due to increased experience or perhaps a more enlightened world view, but… Read More ›

Review: the mystery bag

Japan has a strange relationship with convience stores. Many are closing due to lack of business, may are changing their opening hours to allow the store to stay open and others are just opening: case and point: Family mart in… Read More ›

Opinion: Christmas is coming

Japan has taken to the profit making market of Christmas Within many supermarkets throughout Japan, the Christmas section is starting to bloom into a eye-sore of a seasonal isle. Aeon is no different in that respect. Aeon offer many different… Read More ›