Before I lived in Japan, I had always marveled at the endless amount of video games, anime merch, and other goods that just didn’t make it out of the country. As a longtime gamer and anime fanatic, I couldn’t help but be jealous of all the cool stuff I wasn’t able to get in Canada. … Continue reading ZenPlus Review: The Easiest Way to Buy from Japan
If you're a newcomer to the Crunchyroll anime streaming platform and immediately find that the Crunchyroll app or website isn't working at all, it could be your geolocation that is the issue. In this article, I'll explain how to determine if that is the case and how to get around that issue with a cheap … Continue reading Why is Crunchyroll Not Working? – Probably Your Geolocation
Loot boxes and loot crates have soared in popularity. Be it monthly boxes of video game merch for hardcore gamers, or a monthly care package of treats for your dog, there seems to be a loot box out there for everyone. And for Japanophiles, there are many options as well. From anime merch to gaming … Continue reading TokyoTreat Review – The Taste of Japan Delivered Every Month
Japanese culture is unique in many ways. However, it is true that Western influences have impacted traditional celebrations to merge with some old traditions. If you are invited to a Japanese wedding in a wedding chapel, there will be elements that will be familiar to the west. Gift-giving is seen as an act of appreciation, … Continue reading What are Weddings and Anniversaries Like in Japan? – A Brief Overview
While listening to my work playlist today, I noticed a new Radwimps song in my recommendations. It was released on March 10th, 10 years after The Great Tohoku Earthquake that took countless lives. The song is called あいたい (aitai) which means I want to see you or I miss you in Japanese. It's simple but beautiful. I recommend you listen … Continue reading Radwimps Releases Album Honoring Victims of 2011 Tohoku Earthquake
Learning Japanese from the ground up is a very difficult task. While the grammar structures are not terribly different from English, learning the Japanese alphabet, as well as kanji, is incredibly difficult to master. While in English we have 26 letters, the Japanese hiragana and katakana systems have 46 characters each, for a total of … Continue reading 5 Games to Help You Learn Japanese
I spoke with a few medical professionals to get their take on why everyone, especially people in Japan (government and individuals) need to take stronger measures to flatten the curve.
This is a letter urging Japanese companies to allow their workers to work from home. Please feel free to use it.
"Within a year there was fire on the ridges and deranged chanting. There has been cannibalism. Cannibalism is the great fear. Mostly I worry about food. Always food. Food and the cold and our shoes." - The Road (2009) So I've been wrestling with the idea of doing this article for awhile. Firstly, because there … Continue reading The State of Coronavirus in Japan from an Everyday Citizen’s Perspective
This is a story of how I failed to stand up for someone on the train. I'm telling it out of shame, and hope that by reading this, you can learn from my failure and not make the same mistake I did. What Happened? So I got on the Keio Line today at Shinjuku station, … Continue reading Something Happened on the Train Today