According to Nishinippon Shinbun, there is an island that having a dog as a pet is a big taboo. The island is located in Saga prefecture, it is called Kakarashima (???). About 130 people live there (2015). A journalist who works for Nishinippon Shinbun has visited the island. The journalist has asked residents about having pet dogs. People said “No one can own a dog, … Continue reading An island where nobody can have a dog
When I lived overseas, I was surprised that Japan is famous for being a Hentai (pervert) country. Some guy talked me about Japanese porn or anime. I’ve never thought that Japan is a perverted country, but after I lived outside of Japan, I realized that there wasn’t any porn displayed in stores. However, in Japan we can see porn being sold, even in convenience stores. … Continue reading Convenience stores should sell porn?
If you have ever visited Japan, you might be surprised that many old people are still working. Today, the birth rate in Japan is at it’s lowest rate in the world (Dillinger, 2017). More than 25% of Japanese people are over 65 years old. It is one of the biggest issues in Japan, but it seems that the government doesn’t seriously face this issue. Finally, … Continue reading One third of People will be over 65 years old in 2024
It’s the holiday season! I’ve heard “Happy Holidays!” a lot. Japan is a Buddhist and Shinto country, but they celebrate Christmas Day, have wedding ceremonies at church and wear costumes for Halloween. They are very open minded about accepting other cultures in this regard. Even though Christmas Day is not a holiday in Japan, it is a very big event for them. Christmas Day in … Continue reading Christmas is the “Couple’s Day” in Japan
I’ve been in the U.S for 2 and half years. I go back to Japan once or twice a year. When I back to Japan, I was realized that people are taking photos with sound of a shutter. I was kind of annoyed by it. Also, Japanese travelers take photos with the shutter sound even outside of Japan. I was also doing same thing when … Continue reading Taking photo with the sound of a shutter
Last month, something happened that it must happen only in Japan. One train left 20 seconds earlier. The train supposed to left 9:44 40 seconds, but the train left 9:44 20 seconds. The rail company, Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company, MIR, released a apology. (BBC, 2017 http://www.bbc.com/japanese/42023075) When train arrives or departs 1 minute too earlier or has delays, it is a big issue for Japanese … Continue reading Apologize for 20 seconds early departure
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