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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.

Articles

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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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Proper Etiquette Towards Your Japanese Neighbors

The general rule of thumb is be quiet and sort your garbage.

By 4 min read

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Kissaten: A Slowly Dying Part of Japanese Culture

Kissetans are great for those who want a quieter more personal setting than the crowded western style cafés.

By 3 min read

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The Ever Changing Japanese Language

As a language evolves, who is speaking the "correct Japanese"?

By 2 min read

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A Summer of Fun in Niseko at the Hanazono Resort

Whether it’s skiing or zip lining, snowboarding or kayaking, Niseko always has something to offer those looking for a fun and event filled vacation.

By 3 min read

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Getting from Chitose Airport to Sapporo

A quick guide on how to travel from Chitose Airport to the city of Sapporo.

By 2 min read

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American Style Burgers in the Heart of Sapporo

A New York style burger joint in the heart of Sapporo.

By 3 min read

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What Makes things Popular in Japan

What are you a fan of?

By 3 min read

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What Yome Means for Foreign Wives

When marrying into a Japanese family, his parents become your parents.

By 3 min read

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Aimai: A Dynamic Intertwined in Japanese Culture and Language

All things aimai (vague, vagueness): they are the bane of many non-Japanese people

By 3 min read

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Battling Moisture and Mold During Japan Winters

Mold is a serious health issue and is something you need to pay attention to.

By 3 min read

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The Difficult Lives of the Geinin

The glamorous life of a geinin in Japan may not be as glamorous as it appears.

By 3 min read