Michael Gakuran is fluent in Japanese and resides in Tokyo. When not out exploring haikyo, he’s writing up thrilling tales of adventure on his website ‘Gakuranman’ and teaching advanced Japanese on the website ‘Gakuu’.
Every year between February and March, groups of local citizens head deep into the forests of Niigata for a festival that involves copious amounts of straw and a large phallus.
Have you ever wanted to explore a ghost town? Perhaps crawl through forgotten wartime tunnels? Piece together puzzling secrets of the past? Welcome to the secret world of haikyo.
Here are 4 general uses of the word とりあえず that you are likely to encounter.
One of the most recognizable sounds of summer in Japan is the screeching of the cicada. Where do these critters comes from and what are screeching about?
Ever wonder what that 5:00pm song is that is played in many Japanese cities?
Why do some Japanese people insist on speaking English when I am trying to speak Japanese?
Japan is crazy about kawaii. In the art of making things look cute Japan is a pioneer, if not perhaps the world leader.
A short note left in a bicycle basket has caused quiet a stir online. What is it about this little note that is causing so much discussion.
Do you bow on the phone yet? After living in Japan for a while one can't help but to start picking up a few cultural quirks.
One of the perennial topics in Japanese business etiquette is the exchange of business cards. Getting this right is a key step in expanding your business connections in Japan.
Working as a foreigner in a Japanese company can be a daunting experience. Understanding these three simple words will help you build the trust you need to thrive in a Japanese office.
Honorifics are an interesting part of Japanese culture, and they can be more than a little confusing! For foreigners in Japan, using honorifics correctly can be difficult, and perhaps more troubling than correct usage is understanding the meanings when they are used in reference to yourself.