White Strawberry of Japan

What do heated toilets, frozen beer and suspended tablet holders have in common? Japan has enhanced and revamped them all with their midas touch of improvement! Japan’s kaizen culture constantly produces inventions that never cease to amaze foreigners like myself....

Squid Jerky

A Twist on Beef Jerky from a Classic Japanese Snack Chocolate or squid jerky: which would you rather eat? When I gave my 6-year-old son a choice between the two, I wasn’t surprised he picked squid! Squid jerky, or saki ika, is a popular Japanese snack that tastes...
An Introduction to Japanese Public Holidays

An Introduction to Japanese Public Holidays

As an expat in Japan, it’s sometimes difficult to remember all the different holidays that occur in Japan. This can lead to embarrassing situations where a person might show up at their office only to find it closed because it’s a public holiday! This post...
14 Loan Words From Japanese

14 Loan Words From Japanese

English is a hodgepodge of lone words and adaptations from many different languages and it can sometimes be a bit difficult to know where many English phrases originate from. Today we are going to look at some words that came directly from Japanese! Otaku Up until...
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Japan

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Japan

How many of these Japan facts do you know? 1. There is about 1 vending machine in Japan for every 25 people. Anyone who has spent some time in Japan can tell you about the ubiquity of Japanese “Jidouhanbaiki”. They sell everything from ice cream to whisky! 2. Japan is...

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