Brooke Larsen

Brooke is a freelance writer and weirdo from New Orleans, Louisiana. She now resides in Osaka attempting to spread Southern charm and learn the local language, often failing at both. Yet she remains an obnoxiously optimistic go-getter determined to spread goodness and positivity. Or, at the very least, find the best okonomiyaki. You can find her dumb but well-meaning online ramblings on just about any social media at @blarceny or collaborate with her at



GaijinPot Readers Share Their Japan Love Stories in 100 Words or Less

For Valentine’s Day, readers shared their own love stories in miniature form. From office romance to missed connections, they did not disappoint.

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5 Misconceptions About Shibari, Japanese Rope Bondage

Think shibari is only for freaks and sadists? Think again!

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A Night Out in Doyamacho, Osaka’s LGBT District

Bar hopping through the gayest nightspot in western Japan.

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Osaka’s First Social Apartment is Here

All aboard the coolest place to live in Osaka: Terminals Takatsuki.

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