opinion

Christmas: Asunaro line

As I travel around Japan, especially at this time of year, I seem to almost be assaulted with Christmas, it is inescapable. Just when I thought I would get a break, I’m proven wrong. The Asunaro is a small train… Read More ›

Opinion: it’s coming

On the 22 of November Frozen 2 is being released and I hate to say it but it does look good. Regardless of this, the advertising and promotion has scarcely started but there are hints of its’ coming: case and… 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 ›

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 ›

Product: a sweet treat

An introduction to the world of Japanese treats for only ¥69 When looking for a sweet treat most people look at chocolate, or ice cream, or something else that is usually at least ¥100, but here’s a tip- look 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 ›

Opinion: the subtle insult

The Japanese will never say it, implications are a different matter It’s late and I’m just waiting for the train back from work and being slightly lazy, I bought a healthy bento from a convenience store. I may have had… Read More ›