Take a whirlwind tour through the history of Japanese schoolgirl fashion www.youtube.com

Ever wondered how quickly junior high school fashion changes in Japan?

Produced by mobile phone provider NTT Docomo, this music video a whirlwind tour of teenaged girl fashion through the ages in j...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 9 months, 3 weeks ago | 0 comments


A Guide to Texting in Japanese blog.gaijinpot.com

When I was first in Japan I was texting a female friend who was studying in the same class as me. I told her that I had a Japanese exam coming up. I was expecting a 頑張れ message but instead I got a ...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 9 months, 3 weeks ago | 0 comments


Is PM 2.5 from China a huge problem in Japan?

I have seen news reports on increasing PM 2.5 levels in early spring, due to the winds that blow from the East carrying them from China. Is this a serious issue? Should we worry or take care?

posted by  Yubi | 9 months, 3 weeks ago | 3 comments


Eating the World's Most Expensive Kobe Beef at Tokyo's Wagyumafia www.cntraveler.com

For $2,500, you could score a deal on a round-trip business class ticket to Europe...or eat 12 ounces of beef.

posted by  banzaitokyo | 9 months, 4 weeks ago | 1 comment


Lost Sleep Is Costing Japan's Economy Billions www.bloomberg.com

Sleep deprivation is doing more harm in Japan than just making people grumpy and unhealthy. It is also holding back the world’s third-largest economy.

The problem has been getting worse in recent y...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 9 months, 4 weeks ago | 1 comment


Dealing with a bad neighbor in Japan blog.gaijinpot.com

Having bad neighbors can be a nightmare. Having bad neighbors in Japan, with its bureaucratic mountain to climb, a language barrier to overcome and not wanting to upset the wa (harmony) between eve...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 9 months, 4 weeks ago | 1 comment


Pollen (Hay fever) Season

With spring round the corner, people are gearing up for the pollen allergy season. Man-made pine forests emanate huge amounts of pollen, making those with allergies suffer a lot.

Any ideas or hints...

posted by  Yubi | 10 months ago | 2 comments


Snowball Fight in Uonuma www3.nhk.or.jp

About 1,200 people have taken part in a snowball fight in Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, on the Japan Sea coast.

Sunday's event was the 29th contest held in the city.

This year 240 teams that included...

posted by  Yubi | 10 months ago | 2 comments


Take a tour of a modern Japanese house www.japanator.com

For avid anime watchers, it is common to see anime characters living in an apartment and learning that space is a premium in metropolitan areas in Japan. Though sometimes anime does show actual hou...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 10 months ago | 0 comments


Japanese Pension Fund

When working in Japan, it is mandatory for an employee to make payments to Japan Pension Fund.

If you are leaving Japan for good, you can take back what you paid, but there is an upper limit. Let's...

posted by  Yubi | 10 months, 1 week ago | 1 comment

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