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Kyle Von Lanken

Kyle Von Lanken was born and raised in a peaceful Chicago suburb. His Japanese studies took him from universities in Hawaii to Japan, eventually settling in rural Niikappu, where he continues to be fascinated by Japanese culture from a Hokkaido perspective.

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Big Fish, Small Pond: Finding Purpose in Rural Japan

City life isn't for everyone. Here's how I found my place in rural Japan with a bit of luck and skill.

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Halloween in Japan: What’s Different?

The appeal of Halloween in Japan lies in two things: commercialism and costumes.

By 4 min read

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4 Things to Look Out for at the 2017 Sapporo Snow Festival

Headed to the Sapporo Snow Festival next week? Here's a teaser of what to expect and what you shouldn't miss.

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We Need to Talk about This Indian Curry in the Hokkaido Inaka

One man's search for Indian curry has led him to this gem in Sapporo.

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Traditional Culture Exemplified in Modern Japanese Media

As manzai has such a long history in Japan, it is only natural that it would be deeply engrained in Japanese comedy in general.

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Beating the Winter Blues in Hokkaido

During the cold weather nothing warms me up like a hot bowl of ramen.

By 4 min read

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Japanese Phrases Teachers Hate Hearing from their Students

This word lets you know that this is not going to be an easy class.

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Sapporo’s Autumn Festival and Octoberfest

As the old adage goes: eat, drink and be merry.

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Conversations with Japan’s Elders

These and many other conversations reminded me why I wanted to learn the Japanese language in the first place

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A Timeless Cultural Experience in Iwamizawa

Who knew that working with pumpkins could be so invigorating?

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Being a Foreigner in Japan: The Greats and Not-So-Greats

It's not all anime and sushi.

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