Blood Type In Japan

If you have ever lived in Japan—and are of dating age—then you have likely been asked what your blood-type is. This may sound strange to most foreigners, but it is actually a very common way for Japanese people to determine whether you would be compatible with each other. In Japan, a person’s ABO blood type or “ketsueki-gata” (血液型) is believed by many to be predictive of personality, temperament, and general … Continue reading Blood Type In Japan

Shiritori Game

Recently, as I was talking to one of my Japanese friends and waiting for a flight, we needed to figure out how to pass the time. She decided that we should play “Shiritori”, a popular Japanese game. Shiritori (しりとり) is a Japanese word game in which the players are required to say a word which begins with the final kana of the previous word. “Shiritori” means “taking the buttocks” or “taking the … Continue reading Shiritori Game

Japanese Hanko Seals

Recently, the Resona Bank and Saitama Resona Bank announced that by the end of March 2019, customers will be able to open deposit accounts and perform other banking functions without the use of their “hanko”. But what is a “hanko”? Hanko A hanko is a seal used in Japan, which is the same as your personal signature. Every Japanese adult has one, and uses it … Continue reading Japanese Hanko Seals

Japan’s Cute Post Boxes

We recently wrote an article about all of the cute barricades in Japan (, but of course Japan has many more cute things, like Post Boxes! That’s right, while most countries believe that post boxes should consist of a small hole in a dull metal box, Japan thinks that some of them should also make you smile and want to take pictures. One of the … Continue reading Japan’s Cute Post Boxes

Super-Fast Shinkansen Cleanup

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics getting closer each day, government officials in Japan have been highlighting some of the cool features that make Japan unique and interesting. One of these efforts resulted in a video showcasing the super-fast cleanup of shinkansen that happens each day. The video, titled “7-Minute Miracle”, went viral last year and has racked-up over 5.8 Million views! I really enjoyed this … Continue reading Super-Fast Shinkansen Cleanup

Japan’s Cute Barricades

Japan is known for having many cute and cool things, but I was still surprised to learn that Japanese construction sites are now being guarded by Hello Kitty. Of course, Hello Kitty wasn’t the first cute person to guard construction sites in Japan, as the Sendai Meiban company has been supply the country with many other cute barricades. Sendai Meiban began leasing and selling character-based … Continue reading Japan’s Cute Barricades

Japanese Snack Box May 2016

Recently, one of my Japanese friends went on a snack shopping-spree, and made me a gift box full of yummy goodness. After I finished drooling all over the snacks, I thought it would be fun to show you all of the cool things inside. So what’s in the box? Umaibo Umaibō (うまい棒) or “delicious stick” is a small, puffed, corn snack. Think of it as the biggest Cheetos … Continue reading Japanese Snack Box May 2016

Yokozuna Hakuho Finishes Perfect

Yokozuna Hakuho clinched his 37th Emperor’s Cup yesterday, but would not be satisfied without finishing in perfect fashion. And he did, defeating fellow Yokozuna Kakuryu (11-4) and achieving a perfect 15-0 record. This was his record-extending 12th title without a loss. The fight against Kakuryu was anything but easy, as every Yokozuna fights with all of his heart. At the jump-off, both Yokozuna met each … Continue reading Yokozuna Hakuho Finishes Perfect

Yokozuna Hakuho Seals 37th Emperor’s Cup

Yokozuna Hakuho (14-0) has done it again. One day before the end of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, Japan, Hakuho has sealed his 37th career championship title. Yokozuna Hakuho has been the most dominant sumo wrestler of all time, and he is not slowing down at all. Yokozuna Hakuho faced Yokozuna Harumafuji (10-4), who in the last tournament fell for the dreaded “henka” … Continue reading Yokozuna Hakuho Seals 37th Emperor’s Cup