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 | 2 years, 6 months 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 out.…

posted by  banzaitokyo | 2 years, 7 months 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 are…

posted by  Yubi | 2 years, 7 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 th…

posted by  Tanuki | 2 years, 7 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 the…

posted by  Tanuki | 2 years, 7 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 with…

posted by  Tanuki | 2 years, 7 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 Wes…

posted by  banzaitokyo | 2 years, 7 months 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 thanks.…

posted by  banzaitokyo | 2 years, 7 months 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 peak…

posted by  Tanuki | 2 years, 7 months ago | 0 comments

Christmas in Japan

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

posted by  Tanuki | 2 years, 8 months ago | 2 comments


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