Snowball Fight in Uonuma

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 | 2 years, 4 months ago | 2 comments

Take a tour of a modern Japanese house

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 | 2 years, 4 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 | 2 years, 4 months ago | 1 comment

Japan Has a Word for ‘Working to Death’

Death from overwork and ceaseless overtime are closely related to the rise of what in Japan are known as burakku kigyo, loosely translated as “dark companies” or “evil corporations.”

posted by  banzaitokyo | 2 years, 4 months ago | 1 comment

Why is it so difficult to put a child in a daycare center in Japan?

This is a common question among foreign residents in Tokyo. We have been told that both parents must be working for the child to be eligible for childcare at almost all daycare centers. What is the...

posted by  Yubi | 2 years, 4 months ago | 3 comments

Child care support seen helping to drive influx of residents to Tokyo

The number of Japanese moving into Tokyo and nearby prefectures was higher than those who left for the 21st straight year in 2016, with the availability of child care support proving a big draw in ...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 2 years, 4 months ago | 2 comments

Akihabara M's Pop Life Sex Department Store

M's Pop Life store even among the streets of Akihabara is a rarity – an appreciated rarity. On my trip to Tokyo I made it an important place to visit because of all the stuff I’d heard about. My ge...

posted by  ssj1236 | 2 years, 4 months ago | 1 comment

Japanese Pachinko Slot Game Generates More Revenue Than Las Vegas and Macau Combined

Last month, legislators in Japan passed a law that legalizes casino gambling in the country. It ended 15 years of political back-and-forth and paves the way for the eventual development of integrat...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 2 years, 4 months ago | 3 comments


I grew up eating bugs. When I would visit my grandparents in Yokohama, they used to offer me inago no tsukudani いなごの佃煮    つくだに, rice grasshoppers cooked in soy sauce, as an afternoon snack. At firs...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 2 years, 4 months ago | 1 comment

Forget maid cafes! Lift weights and get jacked with cute girls at a MAID GYM instead

There are a ton of different types of maid cafes in Japan, catering to all sorts of tastes, ranging from Shangrila’s “plump” maids to Ita-Cafe’s uniformed Russian girls.

But what about people who’...

posted by  Sergey | 2 years, 4 months ago | 1 comment


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