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Apples, such as the delectable fuji, are ubiquitous in Japan. Yet cultivation of the fruit began relatively recently - during the waning days of the samurai.
The JLPT listening section is difficult because it tests very specific listening skills. Here's what you should know to ace that test!
The Japanese word "zoku" (tribe) often describes alternative youth subcultures in Japan. Here are 3 Japanese zoku you've probably never of!
Once when there might have been silence, the voices of the benshi rang out in the theaters of Japan. This is the story of a lost cinema art…
The story of a little-know artist-turned-warrior during the waning days of the samurai -- who just might have been a queer woman.
Our author discusses how the pandemic has laid bare elements of how the Japanese public and government perceive the foreign residents in their midst.
The JLPT reading section is the most difficult part of the test, as reading questions tend to be abstract rather than straightforward.
Tsukimi, the season of moon viewing, starts this week in Japan. Learn about this day's origins - and why the rabbit in the moon is pounding a rice…
Melonpan, the beloved sweet baked good, was the creation of one Armenian man who made Japan his home. This is his - and his diaspora's - story.
Ito Shiori's arresting memoir, Black Box, has been credited with starting #metoo in Japan. Now her seminal book has a superlative new English translation.
Winifred Bird's Eating Wild Japan is an in-depth, humanistic, and fascinating journey across the wilds of the country in search of foraging.
The virtual Japan Cultural Expo allows visitors to freely explore its museum space, strolling from striking paintings to gorgeous prints.
Our author details his family's experience on a remote Japanese island which hopes an exchange problem can solve its depopulation woes.
Chelsea Szendi Schieder's new book deftly and fascinatingly reframes the history of Japan's New Left around the women who contributed so much to it.
Although Japan is the land of the rising sun, we cannot overlook the importance of the moon in Japan's tradition and culture.
YouTuber Mentalist DaiGo caused a furor saying he valued the lives of cats over the homeless. Yet a lack of care for the unhoused is no rare thing…
With the end of the age of the samurai, the new Meiji government set off to curb any sign of "barbarity" within Japan - which, briefly, included cremation.
The disintegration of a far-left paramilitary group led to a standoff that was watched on live TV by 90% of the country - and that changed Japanese politics…
To this day, a rivalry exists between the northern Japanese prefectures of Aomori and Iwate. And its source? A bunch of trees.
Social media ire breaks out at comedians who chose to accost random women and yell out "you're that person I know from my adult videos!"
Groans were heard world 'round when the mayor of Nagoya took a bite out of an Olympian's hard-earned gold, but that wasn't his only foul.
Japanese teacher Chihiro Morioka reflects on a career spent learning and teaching language in both Japanese and English - and the lessons she's learned.
Pushed underground by vigilant police surveillance, Japan's militant far left went down a dark path that would tarnish its name in infamy for decades to come.
The Japanese government is finally revising its approach to sex-ed, but media and creators are still filling in major information gaps.
Governor Maruyama of Shimane, openly critical of the central government's COVID response, offers monetary support to prefectural returnees.
Highly disturbing elements of famed guitarist Cornelius' past have now come to light - and enveloped the Olympics in yet another scandal.
Newly licensed in the wearing of kimono, Rin takes a look back at what drew her closer to the traditional clothing - and to her own heritage.
An old Holocaust joke comes back to haunt the famed comedian acting as the director of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics opening ceremonies.
Studying for the JLPT? There's even more JLPT vocabulary than kanji! Here's how to learn literally thousands of new words in months!
We all know the striking image of a multi-tiered Japanese pagoda, but what exactly are they? And what are they called in Japanese, anyway?
A Twitter troll claimed Ito Shiori, face of #metoo in Japan, was operating under a false identity - so she took him to court for defamation.
Thalia Harris sits down with LaShawn Toyoda to discuss her efforts to make sure English-speaking residents in Japan have access to vaccines.
Only 19 when she passed away, indigenous Ainu translator Chiri Yukie left behind an invaluable legacy for her people and the world.
The trick to memorizing kanji for the JLPT is... don't! Instead, focus on learning kanji radicals, the alphabet of kanji characters!
With spouses, job-seekers, students and more stuck outside of Japan, a festival's claims at getting foreign talent into Japan grates.