Kyle Von Lanken was born and raised in a peaceful Chicago suburb and was greatly interested in Japanese language and culture from an early age. His love for Japanese study took him to universities from Hawaii to Japan, eventually landing him in a suburb of Sapporo, where he continues to be fascinated by Japanese culture from a Hokkaido perspective.
Headed to the Sapporo Snow Festival next week? Here's a teaser of what to expect and what you shouldn't miss.
One man's search for Indian curry has led him to this gem in Sapporo.
As manzai has such a long history in Japan, it is only natural that it would be deeply engrained in Japanese comedy in general.
During the cold weather nothing warms me up like a hot bowl of ramen.
This word lets you know that this is not going to be an easy class.
The appeal of Halloween in Japan lies in two things: commercialism and costumes.
These and many other conversations reminded me why I wanted to learn the Japanese language in the first place
Who knew that working with pumpkins could be so invigorating?
Takino Suzuran Hillside National Park, a park with waterfalls, pleasant nature walks and colorful rolling fields on various flowers.