Tag Archives: Japan

January 12

Shoujo Manga Maniacs: Gakuen Babysitters

By: Meg Humphrey I lost it over this manga. Absolutely lost it. The plot is pretty simple, newly orphaned Ryuuichi (15) and Kotarou (~2) are invited by the chairman of a private school to stay. In exchange for room, board, and education, Ryuuichi must spend all of his free time as a member of the […]

August 01

Shoujo Manga Maniacs: Sugars

By: Meg Humphrey   I stumbled upon Sugars one night while I was half-heartedly reading through a couple other manga. Sugars, by Yamamori Mika, are compilations of one shots. Each chapter is a different story revolving around a different way to love. It’s also very interesting that although each story focuses on different characters, there […]

March 14

Featured Kickstarter: Amy’s Mochi

Featured Kickstarter: Amy’s Mochi  By: Meg Humphrey Amy Eam is a Seattleite with a passion for mochi. “What’s mochi?” you might ask! Mochi is a Japanese treat made of glutinous rice that is pounded into a paste and then shaped (usually into balls). Although mochi by itself is more on the savory side (since it […]

March 05

History Lessons from the Tokugawa Matriarchy

History Lessons from the Tokugawa Matriarchy: Ôoku: The Inner Chambers By: Leah Zoller In 1716, Tokugawa Yoshimune, the great-granddaughter of the first Tokugawa shogun, become shogun herself, despite being the third daughter of a branch family and having a low-ranking concubine as a father. During her reign as Shogun, Yoshimune enacted a number of reforms, […]

December 16

Bikkuri shita! Part 2

Bikkuri shita! Observations from Tokyo Part 2  By: Meg Humphrey Now at the end of my trip to Japan (I’m writing this on the plane home – 787 Dreamliners are very nice!), I picked up a few more interesting social differences between our cultures. They may not be new or shocking to you, but it […]

December 09

Bikkuri shita! Part 1

Bikkuri shita! Observations from Tokyo Part 1 By: Meg Humphrey You’ll find cultural differences wherever you go – even if you’re just crossing over into a different part of your home state (what’s up, Eastern Washington?). When writing this, I was a couple days into a stay in Tokyo, Japan. I tagged along with a […]

March 01

Nerd of the Week

Meet Tammy, a Japanese Street Fashion Nerd Interview by Terra Olsen  You have a lot of nerdy passions, but many seem to go together in your love for Japanese Street Fashion. How did Japanese Street Fashion spark the nerd in you? As a fan of Japanese pop culture, street fashion has always been one of […]