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February 3, 2017

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.

November 5, 2016

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.

January 13, 2016

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.

December 30, 2015

Beating the Winter Blues in Hokkaido

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

November 19, 2015

Japanese Phrases Teachers Hate Hearing from their Students

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

October 31, 2015

Halloween in Japan: What’s Different? What’s not?

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

October 1, 2015

Sapporo’s Autumn Festival and Octoberfest

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

September 23, 2015

Conversations with Japan’s Elders

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

September 5, 2015

Are Weeaboos Misunderstood?

As most probably already know, the wonderful and terrible thing about the internet is that there is an insurmountable quantity…

August 26, 2015

A Timeless Cultural Experience in Iwamizawa

Who knew that working with pumpkins could be so invigorating?

August 16, 2015

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

It’s not all anime and sushi.

July 16, 2015

The Natural Splendor of Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park

Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, a park with waterfalls, pleasant nature walks and colorful rolling fields on various flowers.

June 24, 2015

The Trials of Obtaining a Japanese Driver’s License

Getting a driver’s license in Japan puts you directly in contact with the hierarchical nature of Japanese society.

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