Daily Life


May Sickness: A Japanese Phenomenon

Every year, a good chunk of Japan’s population experiences a seasonal mood slump called May sickness. In this article, we look at the causes, symptoms, and prevention measures for this (mostly harmless) phenomenon. What......

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Japan, the Kingdom of Characters

Japan, the Kingdom of Characters

There’s almost no way to interact with anything Japanese without running into cute, fictional characters of all kinds. What may look childish at first sight is one of Japan’s major sources of cultural influence...


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Garbage in Japan: A Guide

Garbage in Japan: A Guide

Japan is known for its complex system for trash collection and disposal. But don’t despair! After reading this guide, you will be ready for properly handling your garbage here. Where does the trash go?...


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