So, everyone knows you can get kicked out of hot springs, public swimming pools, and water parks in Japan if you’ve got visible ink, even if it’s a teeny, tiny, … Continue Reading Why Are Tattoos Still Taboo In Japan? (Spoiler: It’s not because they think you’re a gangster)
You know how it goes when a VIP comes to town: streets unexpectedly blocked, swarms of shifty-eyed men in dark suits with little curly wires in their ears, cavalcades of … Continue Reading Japanese Invent A New Way For VIP Visits To Annoy The Populace
So, you know how in Japan, women don’t get any chocolate or roses or 600 carat diamond necklaces on Valentines Day? On the contrary, they’re supposed to fork over chocolate … Continue Reading Why Do Only Men Get Chocolate On Valentine’s Day?
I’m walking down the little shopping street in my neighborhood on my way to catch the train and I see something weird in the gutter up ahead. What is that, … Continue Reading Streets That…Clean Themselves?
Yesterday I was out at Bonsai Village with my friend Robb (who runs the great website bento.com) and I got to puzzling over the explosion of “no picture taking” signs … Continue Reading Elvis is Alive and Living as a Bonsai Tree in Ōmiya
Foreigners are legendary at garbage fail in Japan, but anxiety about Doing Trash Right runs deep here, even among native-born Nihon-jin. In a Japanese soap opera I watched recently, one … Continue Reading Failing at Putting Out The Trash