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For Tom Hanaway's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Gamified' language app Duolingo finally adds Japanese

/ May 19, 2017

'Gamified' language app Duolingo finally adds Japanese

Just as many readers are swapping paperbacks for tablets, many language learners are trading in their textbooks for apps so they can study on the go. One of the most popular language applications on the market is Duolingo, a program that “gamifies” learning by ...

Nestle Japan rolls out 'sushi' Kit Kats at new Ginza store

Feb 2, 2017

Nestle Japan rolls out 'sushi' Kit Kats at new Ginza store

Japanese Kit Kats are famous — or perhaps infamous — for their varied and sometimes peculiar flavors, including green tea, sake and wasabi. But now Nestle Japan Ltd. has released arguably its strangest concoction yet: sushi. A new Kit Kat Chocolatory opened in Ginza ...

Lena Dunham brings 'Girls' to Tokyo for a fifth season episode

Aug 13, 2015

Lena Dunham brings 'Girls' to Tokyo for a fifth season episode

In the fourth season finale of HBO’s hit TV show “Girls,” a comedy that follows the exploits of a group of 20-somethings navigating New York, Shoshanna (played by Zosia Mamet) surprises her roommate, Jessa, by declaring “I’m moving to Japan,” while leafing through a ...

Dive into the culture of Minamiboso

Jun 20, 2015

Dive into the culture of Minamiboso

It is just after sunset and hundreds of people have gathered around the docking bays of Minamiboso on the southern edge of Chiba Prefecture. As men bang away on taiko drums, dozens of women emerge from a hilltop shrine. Dressed head-to-toe in white outfits ...