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kanamara festival cosplay

It’s So BIG: Japan’s Kanamara Festival (NSFW)

Over the weekend Charles, Shiori and I went to the Kanamara Festival in Kawasaki, which was, quite frankly, insane. If you didn’t know, this popular local event is also known as the penis festival.   As you can imagine from the name, schlongs everywhere. Big, small, pink, black, white – and ones you can put in your mouth. You won’t… Read more →

fun under the sakura trees

5 Things About Hanami In Japan That Will Surprise You

Spring is finally here, and there’s no better way to usher it in than with a hanami party. There’s something really nice about sitting under the fleeting cherry blossoms on a bright breezy afternoon, beer in hand, surrounded by good friends.   But it’s not all pretty pink petals and alcohol-fuelled merriment of course. If you’ve not done this before,… Read more →

my first valentine's day with shiori

Something’s Cooking, And It Smells Like Love (And Chocolates)

It’s great being a guy in Japan on Valentine’s Day. Unlike most other countries where the ladies are showered with gifts and flowers, over here, it’s the guys who get all the attention. It’s one of those (delightful) Japanese quirks like eating cake and fried chicken on Christmas. I’m definitely not complaining. 🙂 Just look at some of these goodies… Read more →

romantic christmas in japan

5 Things About Christmas In Japan Everyone Should Know

If it’s your first time, Christmas in Japan can be a rather… interesting cultural experience. It sure was for me. I was completely caught off guard by how different it is from back home. For one, there’s no turkey to be found anywhere! Much like other western things here, Christmas has been tweaked, nudged and massaged into something uniquely Japanese.… Read more →