Center Shiken: what is it, and why are people crazy about it?

I know that Center shiken is an exam for university entrance and it is held in January. I also know that it is very likely to have heavy snow on that day :-p. Snow or no snow, this is mentioned in ...

posted by  Tanuki | 10 months ago | 1 comment


How was your experience of the recent snowstorm?

Since I live in the Pacific Ocean side of East Japan which was only affected mildly, we got only 20 minutes of snow. But then, the water taps outside are still frozen. All flower pots looked like t...

posted by  Tanuki | 10 months ago | 0 comments


Why is Japanese government so stubborn on keeping military bases in Okinawa?

Okinawa Prefecture is scrambling to plot its next move in the wake of a recent Supreme Court ruling siding with the central government's effort to relocate the operations of a U.S. military base wi...

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


JAPANESE BODY LANGUAGE: 7 KEY GESTURES TO LEARN blog.gaijinpot.com

It may surprise you to know there are close to 100 different gestures regularly used by Japanese people to communicate with friends, colleagues and the general public. While most of those used by W...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 10 months, 1 week ago | 2 comments


Japan's Rural Towns Are Luring Tax From Tokyo With Beef and Beer www.bloomberg.com

Want a free case of craft beer? If you send 30,000 yen ($260) or more of your taxes to the town of Yamanouchi in Nagano prefecture, they’ll send you 24 bottles of a locally brewed beer to say thank...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 10 months, 1 week ago | 2 comments


Year End Vacation

Japanese companies have a year end vacation from around December 29th to around January 5th. The exact dates vary according to the positioning of weekends etc.

There are fewer trains during the pe...

posted by  Tanuki | 10 months, 3 weeks ago | 0 comments


Christmas in Japan

Any interesting Xmas events or activities in Japan, particularly around Tokyo?

posted by  Tanuki | 11 months, 2 weeks ago | 2 comments

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