Motivational yogurt lids gone wrong

I don’t know if you have them in your country as well (I certainly don’t know any in Germany), but here in Japan some of the yogurts have motivational messages and quotes on their underside. So when you eat your yogurt in the morning you might get an motivational “Today will be a great day!”…

queer japan

Originally posted on A Light to Look to:
I’m fascinated by the subject of homosexuality in Japan. That being said, I’m still navigating my way around the issues and history of homosexuality in Japan, so I’m not really an authority on the subject in any way. I’ve only spoken to a handful of Japanese people who identify as queer (the all-encompassing…

Japanese people react to the outrageous behavior of “monster” new company recruits

Originally posted on SoraNews24:
April is upon us again, which means the start of a new school and work year in Japan. So perhaps it’s fitting that Fuji TV’s morning informational show Nonstop! recently aired a segment about new company employees. But its focus wasn’t on just any new recruits to the workplace…it was about monster recruits! Read on…

Why do Japanese people wear surgical masks? It’s not always for health reasons

Originally posted on SoraNews24:
Like kimono and T-shirts with English writing (sometimes vulgar, sometimes comical, always unintelligible), the number of people you’ll see in Japan wearing surgical masks is pretty surprising. Sure, Japan is a hard working society, and the spread of productivity-sapping sickness is always a concern at schools and workplaces, but that doesn’t…