Arts and Culture

Tommy Lee Jones and members of the Competition Jury at the 2017 festival.
Culture

6 Reasons to Visit the Tokyo International Film Festival

From celebrity sightings to movie premieres to this year’s Godzilla Fest (and more), this year’s TIFF venues in Roppongi and Chiyoda are where it’s at.

By 9 min read

Learn

5 Easy Manga for Japanese Learners

Want to try your hand at reading Japanese comics? Here are five titles to get you started.

By 7 min read

Culture

Akira Kurosawa: 5 Essential Movies from Japan’s Greatest Filmmaker

You know his name and might be aware of his pervasive influence but how many of the maestro’s movies have you seen?

By 9 min read

Culture

Life is Just a Final Fantasy: 5 Japanese RPG Series Every Gamer Should Try

Looking to pick up a new title for your console? Before you spend your money, check out our top five recommended Japanese role-playing games.

By 8 min read

Learn

5 Netflix and Hulu Shows That are Good to Watch and Great for Learning Japanese

Combine your study time and your chill out time with these five shows that will entertain you and help improve your Japanese.

By 8 min read

Culture

All About Ocha: The Wonderful World of Japanese Tea

Whether you drink it hot, cold, bagged, powdered, loose leaf, in jeans or in a kimono — green tea is inextricably linked with Japanese culture. From “matcha” to “houjicha,” here’s our guide to enjoying the many different styles.

By 6 min read

Culture

Kills, Thrills, Love and Loss: New Titles from Japan Make Great Summer Reads

Intriguing titles and exclusive adventures all from Japan and all in your hands with this year’s GaijinPot summer reading list.

By 6 min read

Culture

Is It Coffee or Tea? What You Need to Know About Japan’s New ‘Tea Coffee’ Drink

This new hybrid drink released in Japan last week hints at the fact that we might be missing something in our lives, so we had to find out more.

By 3 min read

Culture

LGBT in Japan: Yes, it Gets Better!

Being queer in Japan hasn’t always been easy, but I want to be one of many voices that says it gets better.

By 4 min read

Culture

Gachapon: Japan’s Irresistible Capsule Toys You Never Knew You Needed

How to get your hands on these cute and strange pieces of Japanese pop culture.

By 6 min read

Culture

Hafu2Hafu Project Creator Answers Questions on Half-Japanese Identity

Gaijin across the board have strong opinions about the word “hafu,” but do they have enough perspective to comment so fervently about it?

By 8 min read

Culture

Japan’s Schools Are In Total Denial Over Diversity

The term “hafu” in Japan means being half-Japanese. With increasing diversity in Japan’s classrooms, the Hafu2Hafu project is a way to educate students (and ourselves) about cultural identity.

By 7 min read