One of the things that surprised me the most when I first came to Japan, was the popularity of mascot characters. In many countries, costumed mascots are mainly associated with theme parks or sporting events. But in Japan, you can find mascots used to promote anything you can imagine - and some things that never …
You might be familiar with the fashion brand Superdry. They are known for making clothes featuring Japanese text. Have you ever wondered what your T-shirt actually says?
I recently visited the art exhibition "Perverse Japanese Art: From Zen Painting to Heta-uma". The artworks in this exhibition are not beautiful in a traditional sense, but somehow still attractive to the observer.
I have been living in Japan for about ten years now. During my time here I traveled around the country quite a bit, but since Japan is a fairly large country, there are still many places that I haven't visited yet. My ultimate bucket list dream is to travel to all 47 prefectures of Japan.
Sapporo made international news recently when a wild bear appeared in the city. After attacking four people, the bear was eventually shot by a hunter. Sadly, this kind of incident is becoming more common in Hokkaido. The number of people killed by bears this year is the highest ever recorded, and the year isn't even over yet.
During one of my visits to the supermarket, I found out that Kikkoman soy milk is available in over 30 different flavors. I tried a few flavors and was surprised by how much I liked them. So, I decided to try out every flavor of Kikkoman soy milk I could get my hands on. Here are my top ten choices!
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Shinto shrines were forced to empty the water basins at the entrance of the shrine. Many Shinto shrines around the country have now started decorating the empty water basins with flower arrangements to lift people's spirits.
Translation between two languages as different as English and Japanese can lead to difficulties, sometimes with funny results. Today I would like to talk about Norwegian Wood, or as many Japanese people know it, "Norwegian forest".
Did you know that Japan's most dangerous zoo is located in Sapporo? When I visited North Safari Sapporo I was expecting a regular zoo, but what I found was like nothing I had ever seen.
Many people underestimate how large Hokkaido is. It may be just one of 47 prefectures, but it takes up 22% of the total area of Japan. The total area of Hokkaido is twice the size of my home country, the Netherlands!