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Adam Douglas

Adam Douglas is a writer, musician and educator. He’s originally from the San Francisco Bay Area but currently lives in Nagoya. On his days off, he's digging for deals on synthesizers and drum machines in the Tokai area.

Articles

Culture

5 Ways Japan Influenced ‘Star Wars’

Celebrate Star Wars Day with a deep dive into the films and Japanese influences, from Kurosawa’s films to samurai, even the Japanese language.

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Culture

5 Cool Things I Learned About Japan at Ise Shrine

Not only is Ise Grand Shrine Japan's most important Shinto site—but it's also a great deep dive into Japanese culture and history.

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Culture

5 Japanese Bands Influenced by British Rock

Expand your musical horizons with these rock bands that looked to England for inspiration.

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Explore

5 Things You Can Do in Nagoya’s Osu Shopping District

Aichi Prefecture's best-covered shopping area connects to the beautiful Osu Kannon Temple and is a great place to spend the day.

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Culture

5 Crazy Japanese Kaiju Movies You Must Watch

There’s nothing more Japanese than giant monsters destroying impressively detailed models of cities. Here are five of our favorite kaiju movies.

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Learn

5 Japanese Teen Romance Flicks to Improve Your Listening Skills

Watching Japanese young adult movies can be a great way to improve your intermediate listening ability. Here are five that contain natural dialogue to help you practice.

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Culture

5 Japanese Christmas Movies to Watch this Holiday Season

Japanese holiday films are different than Western ones. Here are five to show you the meaning of a Japanese Christmas.

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Explore

5 Foreign Culture Theme Parks In Japan You Must Visit

Take a trip to another country without ever leaving Japan.

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Culture

5 Obscure Japanese Music Genres You’ve Probably Never Heard

If you’re into Japanese city pop like Mariya Takeuchi, here are five more genres to become obsessed with.

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Learn

The 5 Cheapest Places to Get Used Musical Instruments in Japan

Looking for deals on guitars or keyboards? Here are the best places to check—and the good news is you don’t have to live in Tokyo to benefit.

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