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May 10, 2018

Point Break: Loyalty Cards in Japan Thicken Wallets but Lack in Payoffs

Japan, we’ve gotta talk. This point card habit of yours is getting out of control.

February 10, 2018

Fukuoka Flu Season: An Ounce of Prevention

With those icky germs and nasty flu raging across Japan, you’d think it would be easy to get a kid to wash his hands. Guess again.

January 11, 2018

When is New Year’s in Japan Really Over?

Ringing in the new and tossing out the slightly old prompts an age-old question, one similar to Christmas trees in the West: when should you take your Shogatsu decorations down?

November 22, 2017

Imperial Gratitude: The Reason for Labor Thanksgiving Day in Japan

Ten of Japan’s 16 national holidays are directly related to the Emperor — with one more on the way.

Japan Election 2017
October 20, 2017

Oh Snap! Another Japan Election

Ready or not, it’s ballot time again in Japan.

July 22, 2017

Potsu Potsu: Rain in the Summertime

The Eskimos may have fifty words for “snow,” but did you know there are a whopping 1,190 rain-related words and phrases in the Japanese language?

June 9, 2017

Why is June Called ‘The Month of No Water’?

The literal mysteries of tsuyu, the Japanese term for the rainy season.

May 11, 2017

A National Holiday for June

There’s no place like June for the holidays…