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

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 | 1 year, 1 month 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 | 1 year, 1 month ago | 1 comment

Forget maid cafes! Lift weights and get jacked with cute girls at a MAID GYM instead en.rocketnews24.com

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 | 1 year, 1 month ago | 1 comment

Pollen season coming, but so are better treatments! www.japantimes.co.jp

Last couple of years have seen quite a few new types of treatment for hay fever. And some of those cure the problem forever.

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 1 month ago | 1 comment

Owl No Mori: This café is quite a hoot japan.stripes.com

How many of you have read Harry Potter and wondered what it would feel like to have an owl as a pet? I know I certainly did, and thanks to Tokyoites’ obsession with animal cafés I got to find it ou...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 year, 1 month ago | 1 comment

Gun ownership in Japan www.theatlantic.com

With statestics of last year's gun crimes and homicides rolling out in many countries, I saw this topic being discussed on a Japanese TV channel. In Japan, gun crime is basically low because guns a...

posted by  Yubi | 1 year, 2 months ago | 0 comments

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 | 1 year, 2 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 | 1 year, 2 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 | 1 year, 2 months ago | 1 comment


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 | 1 year, 2 months ago | 2 comments


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