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Kyle Von Lanken

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.

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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.

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

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

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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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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.

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