Contributor

Brooke Larsen

Brooke is a freelance writer and weirdo from New Orleans, Louisiana. She lived in Osaka for six years, attempting to spread Southern charm and find the best okonomiyaki. Now she lives in Los Angles complaining about the lack of 24-hour access to good ramen. You can find her dumb but well-meaning online ramblings on social media at @blarceny or collaborate with her at brookelarsenwriter.com.

Articles

Culture

A Timeline of Emperor Akihito’s Reign of Japan

Japan's Emperor Akihito has stepped down. Here we look back at his reign over the Heisei era.

By 10 min read

Culture

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Emperor’s Abdication

Think Emperor Akihito’s abdication is a typical matter of protocol in Japan? Think again.

By 6 min read

Live

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.

By 6 min read

Culture

5 Misconceptions About Shibari, Japanese Rope Bondage

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

By 8 min read

Explore

A Night Out in Doyamacho, Osaka’s LGBT District

Bar hopping through the gayest nightspot in western Japan.

By 6 min read

Live

Osaka’s First Social Apartment is Here

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

By 6 min read