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Japanese culture and society

9Mon 2016

Less and less children in Japan

As yet another evidence that demography is Japan is in trouble, the Japanese government announced on May 4 – on the eve of “Kids’ day” – that the number of children aged 14 or under in Japan fell. Not only is

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6Fri 2016

About Onsen

When you ask a Japanese person what he/she enjoys the most, they often answer “going to onsens”. Onsens are hot springs. You can find them all over Japan. When Japanese have free time, they like going to resorts that have onsens. It

4Wed 2016

About Kids’ day and Koinobori

As we mentioned in our previous post, May 5 is “Kids’ Day” in Japan. More specifically, it is “Boys’ Day”. This day is meant to wish boys a healthy, happy future. Japanese people often display “banners” (made of paper or

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2Mon 2016

A prized time in Japan: Golden Week

Golden week (GW) is often the longest vacation of the year for Japanese workers. It is also one of the nicest time, weather-wise, tucked between winter and the rain season (which itself precedes scorching summers). A lot of Japanese choose to

25Mon 2016

If you get lost in Japan

One of the many things that are great about Japan is how Japanese people are helpful. Every foreigner in Japan has experienced having had to ask their way and then have the Japanese person literally take them to the place. Whether you

21Thu 2016

On Japan’s future

Once upon a time, Harvard Professor Ezra Vogel wrote a best-seller about Japan. It was the end of the 70’s. Japan had impressively overcome World War II’s cruel consequences and achieved excellence. To such an extent that Japan had become a model,

18Mon 2016

Japanese thoughts on international marriages

We have the opportunity to say that quite often in this space: Japan is opening to the world. Ineluctable globalization. Demographic issues (aging society and extremely low birth rate). With more and more gaikokujin (i.e. foreigners) in Japan, there are more

11Mon 2016

Tokyo to add more train lines

The transportation in the Tokyo area makes one dizzy. Not the transportation itself, which is most often very reliable and even comfortable (if one can avoid rush hours). But the numbers are vertiginous. 40 millions riders every day. Almost 15 billions

7Thu 2016

A glimpse of what life in rural Japan is

Japan has a lot to offer, in every aspect. It is a land of paradoxes and contrasts. To many, Japan is about its subcultures (manga, anime, Akihabara etc …). About megalopolises. Too often forgotten is the countryside of Japan. The

6Wed 2016

Japanese people’s honesty put to test

During our Skype or phone meetings with prospective students, we are asked literally hundreds of questions. About how to apply to a Japanese language school, about eligibility for student visas, about studying in Japan, about working part-time in Japan, about