Where did all the Japanese fathers go?

| Mar 23, 2015

Where did all the Japanese fathers go?

by Kaori Shoji

Aside from ikumen (イクメン, men who play a role in raising their children), Nihon no otōsan (日本のお父さん, Japanese fathers) are a pretty sad lot. The vast majority of them have been and continue to be kaya no soto (蚊帳の外, literally “outside the mosquito net,” ...

Don't say you haven't been warned

| Mar 16, 2015

Don't say you haven't been warned

by Mark Schreiber

I must confess, I never paid a great deal of attention to the warning messages and disclaimers that adorned packaging in Japan until 1972, when tobacco companies first got around to printing health warnings on packs of cigarettes. This was six years after the ...