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Kirsty Kawano

Kirsty is a Kyoto-based writer and translator who is fascinating by life, the universe and pretty much everything.

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Japanese Recipe Adventures: Sweet Potato Ghosts

Celebrate Halloween at home with these easy, healthy treats.

By 3 min read

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Japanese Recipe Adventures: Stewed Chicken and Lotus Root

Add Japanese renkon to your repertoire to make this serious fall comfort food.

By 2 min read

Culture

Japan’s Obvious Poems Turn Silliness into Art

Learn how to say nothing in the most impressive way possible with atarimae poems.

By 4 min read

Culture

Meet the Japanese Yokai That Will Save us From the Coronavirus

Here’s why Twitter is so into Amabie.

By 3 min read

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Japanese Convenience Stores Launch Plastic Guards, Queuing Spots to Fight COVID-19

Social distancing is (very) slowly starting to catch on in Japan.

By 3 min read

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The True Story of Why People in Japan Eat KFC at Christmas

Last year, KFC Japan earned a record-breaking ¥6.9 billion from December 21 to 25. So what's the deal with "Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!"?

By 7 min read

Work

How Much Does a Foreign Engineer Make in Japan in 2019?

Understaffing and Japan’s tourism boom are creating openings–even for the inexperienced–in IT engineering jobs for foreigners.

By 6 min read

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The Strange Story of Hay Fever in Japan: Construction, Conspiracy Theories, Climate Change

The tale of Japan's national illness is intrinsically linked to the Japanese cedar. But there's much more to it than that.

By 8 min read

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10 Ways Life in Kyoto is Different than Tokyo

Hotter in summer, colder in winter and so much more chill all year round.

By 6 min read