Kanji of the Year 2018 -災

Every year on December 12th, the chief priest of Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto reveals a kanji that was chosen to be the most representative of that year in Japan. The kanji is selected by popular vote, and is finalized by the Japan Kanji Aptitude Foundation. This year's kanji is the rather depressing 災, meaning "disaster."... Continue Reading →


Yakuza Origins: Hatamoto-yakko and Machi-yakko

When you think of the yakuza, you probably think of hardened criminals that made up the deadly and sinister Japanese mafia. Or maybe you think of the dirty political deals, gambling empires, smuggling, and violence. Or you could just think of the hit video game series highlighting the aforementioned  criminal activities. But was this always... Continue Reading →

Fall in the Inaka

Fall has come to the mountains, and we've been swept up in beautiful color and an astonishing amount of agriculture. Daikon, sweet potatoes, kaki (Japanese persimmon), and chestnuts are the foods of the season. Of course when you live in a town that's main export is vegetables, you don't really buy your veg at the... Continue Reading →

Welcome to the Inaka

Where I am        As I've been living and working in Japan for about a month now, I think it`s time to post an update. First, an explanation of where I am. I live in a small, mountainous town called Higashiagatsuma-machi in Gunma Prefecture. I say small, but the area the town covers... Continue Reading →

Japanese version of Clean Bandit’s song “Solo” is set in Kyoto, impresses Japanese fans — SoraNews24

https://www.youtube.com/embed/i-8FlNOfEfw?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent The video is an homage to the beautiful old Japanese city and a reflection of their love for Japanese culture and aesthetics. Clean Bandit is a British electronica pop group known for their unique style that combines classical instruments with dance pop. Perhaps they’re most famous for their 2016 hit “Rockabye”, performed in collaboration with…... Continue Reading →

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