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October 19, 2014

Japanese Double Eyelid Surgery

What are double eyelids and why do so many Japanese girls want them?

October 11, 2014

What Does Gaijin Really Mean?

Are Japanese people being racist by referring to foreigners as gaijin?

October 6, 2014

The Honesty and Facade of Honne and Tatemae

What they say and what they mean are not always the same.

September 25, 2014

Uchi Soto and Japanese Group Culture

Uchi Soto is the Japanese custom of a clear distinction between in-groups (uchi, 内) and out-groups (soto, 外).

August 31, 2014

The Act Of Gift Giving In Japan

Gift giving is a great way to strengthen your personal or professional relationship with each other in Japan.

August 23, 2014

Growing Up As A Hafu In Japan

We are not Hāfu, we are double because both cultural and ethnic heritages make us who we are.

August 19, 2014

The Curious Japanese Obsession With Blood Types

Are you hot headed? Cool and calm? Your personality might be determined by the type of red stuff flowing through your veins.

August 2, 2014

15 Things That Surprised Me About Japan

Your first trip to Japan is always going to be a unique experience. Here’s 15 things my friends noticed when they first came here.

July 28, 2014

Ryutaro Nonomura: The Japanese Crying Politician

What caused Japanese politician Ryutaro Nonomura to suddenly lose it at his press conference on misappropriation of funds?

July 22, 2014

Why Do The Japanese Love Kawaii Culture?

Why do Japanese people love the kawaii so much?

July 13, 2014

Why Can’t Japanese People Speak English?

Despite many years of study, many Japanese students struggle with basic communication in English.

July 5, 2014

How to Overcome the Gaijin Complex

The gaijin complex is an interesting social phenomenon unique to Japan. What can Japan do to welcome foreigners and be a bigger part of the global community?

June 22, 2014

The Gaijin Complex

What is the “The Gaijin Complex” and how do Japanese people really feel about foreigners.

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