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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…