Where did all the Japanese fathers go?

| Mar 23, 2015

Where did all the Japanese fathers go?

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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

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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 ...

What's worth getting excited about in 2015?

| Jan 19, 2015

What's worth getting excited about in 2015?

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A general sentiment of self-restraint, bukkadaka (物価高, the high cost of living) and enyasu (円安, the weak yen) culminated in an Oshōgatsuyasumi (お正月休み, New Year’s holiday) where more people stayed put and fewer traveled to exotic overseas destinations. According to Internet research company Do ...