Japan has come up with some truly fantastic English product names. “PlayStation,” for example, is terrific. Then, there are some product names that are bad. Wonderfully so.
The question started out innocently enough: “Do you know ‘Brooklyn’ is written on your socks?”
Grade schoolers across Japan carry leather backpacks called “randoseru” (ランドセル). Traditionally, kids have carried one of two colors: black for boys, and red for girls. In recent years, however, that’s changed.
You’ve might have seen the super lucky cat in restaurants and shops. But did you know the cat has its own temple in Tokyo?
It’s something I’ve noticed. I’ve noticed it in the US, and I’ve noticed it among Westerners who visit Japan. After breaking apart chopsticks, they begin rubbing them together.
This weekend, sand storms blew through Japan. Cities like Tokyo were covered in an unreal yellow haze.
Hello, everyone! This is Scott. Scott Oellkers. He's the president of Domino's Pizza Japan, and he's here to totally weird you out.
Twitter sure is fun. It's a great way to get information and communicate with others. It's also a platform for people to be really, really stupid.
There's a stereotype that all Japanese people are very clean and neat. This stereotype is just not true. Some folks in Japan keep a clean house, but some roost in pigsties. And, yes, many of those folks are female.
Every week, it seems like photos of someone, often little kids, crapping in public appear online in China. This usually creates all kinds of havoc, often with people criticizing the parents (or grandparents) for letting the kids do their business in a public place. But why does it keep happening?
Sushi is delicious. There's a variety of different kinds, but certainly everyone has his or her favorite. And if you do the math, you should be able to deduce the most popular kind of sushi in Japan. So let's do that. Math.
This isn't the most beautiful business card. Folks like Goichi Suda (No More Heroes) or Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid) have much better looking cards, but certainly not more amazing than Nihon Falcom's seemingly indestructible cards. While it's unlikely that these business cards will ever experience rough treatment,…
Tokyo is dense. Packed. And crowded. If you don't have much money and want to live in places like Shibuya, you could live in a box. Literally.What's more, the bedrooms are stacked on top of each other. "They look more like lockers," wrote one commenter on a popular Japanese website.
You see it on Japanese forums. Strings of "w's". I often quote individuals as writing "lol", "LOL", or even, "lulz". But let's get something straight. People in Japan do not laugh out loud. Oh, no. They wwww.
Selecting names ain't easy—especially in Japan. Some Japanese parents consult with fortune tellers in hopes of picking a name that will bring their child good luck. One soothsayer has one. That name is Pikachu.
Who looks Japanese? Can you distinguish between Korean and Chinese people? Website AllLookSame.com tests people's facial recognition ability. This week, the website's test has been appearing on numerous popular Japanese blogs, such as Rocket News. How are people in Asia doing with recognizing people from other…
These days, it seems like you cannot turn on the TV in Japan without seeing her. Her name is Mitsu Dan. She's currently Japan's biggest sex symbol, appearing in racy TV shows and even racier movies and photo spreads. But before rocketing to fame last fall, she was just another pin-up model, and her biggest role was in…
Last week, Japanese singer Minami Minegishi shaved her head after a tabloid photographed her leaving a boy band member's house. In the strict world of Japanese idols, dating boys is a no-no. Cover-ups, however, are totally fine.