CULTURE

English Education in Japan ~Part4~

Interview with the Akita International University student, Yuma Taira

While some people emphasize the importance of early English education, others claim that there are more things that need to be introduced before English. Yuma Tiara, a student of the Akita International University, is one of them. The Akita International…

Japanese homestay ~Omotenashi~

A house sets in a dim alley of both old and modern houses. An Australian family altered their plan, canceling a hotel reservation they had and switched to this nice old house they found in Asakusa through Airbnb instead. Nearby…

Striker of the Dark

A little-known sport, Goalball has gained recognition, after the Japanese women’s team successfully captured gold medal in the London 2012 Paralympics, stunning fans of Goalball all around the globe. MIURA GENGO and JONATHAN WONG shed light on the sport itself,…

The Adoration of Japanese Women

Japanese women in the 1980s wanted to get a darker skin.They traveled to beaches itching to get tanned. In the beginning of 2000, Ganguro (black face)-makeup was popular among women in their teens and 20’s. In response to its growing popularity as…

Kintsugi

Michihiro Hori and his students and assistant, Wednesday, May. 13, 2015, at a café in Nishiazabu, Tokyo.

Kintsugi, a Japanese traditional repairing technique for ceramics, is getting more recognized by ordinary people. Its origin goes back to 1500s. Kintsugi is a way to adhere pieces together by using lacquer and to sprinkle gold powder on the joints.…

Names Sufficient on Children

We greet with our name all of the world

Homare Sawa, a soccer player, and Yuzuru Hanyu, a figure skater, are world’s top athletes and they have one thing in common: They have unusual names. Recently, some parents go too far, so their children not just have unusual names…

More Expectations on the WEB Comics

Ms.Ogasawara at NHN PlayArt office

Young artists who are aspiring to be a cartoonist face more difficulties than you would imagine. Typically they have to visit publishing houses in Tokyo to have editors read and review their works directly. What’s more, comic market is shrinking…

Working Fathers in Japan

In this image released by Aflo, Japanese businessmen walk so fast on the way to their company (Aflo)

The Japanese are considered as one of the hardest working people in the world. Their attitude towards work may impress the world as “the hardest worker.” It is these diligent salaried workers that shoulder the core of the Japanese society.…