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How Japan struggles with LGBT Discrimination

“The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.” This saying is a popular cultural norm in Japan.   Harmony through conformity determines behavior in Japan.   If you are seen threatening this conformity, you are seen as the “nail that sticks out” and society will do what it can to hammer you down.   Schools […]

Virtual Reality in Kyoto, Japan

Our virtual reality is here. In the age of Pokemon Go, many groups are creatively harnessing the power of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Kyoto VR is just one of these groups. Check out the video here.   Using a technique known as photogrammetry, they take photos of the architecture and natural design […]

This is what volunteering with WWOOF taught me about Japan

There were spaces in between the windows of her residence. At night, the cold came in with hesitation and snipped at our extremities with intensity.   It was February 2011 in Hiroshima, Japan and I was volunteering at Mori Louis’ place as a member of World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). Soon enough, I […]

Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Kitchen Knives – the secret to washoku

 You’ve heard it before. “Japanese knives are the best.” They’re sharp, artistic and get the job done (if you know what you are doing.)   So, how is it that you don’t know much about these fantastic pieces of steel besides the above? Ah, that’s right – nobody has told you. While there are scattered […]

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