Pocket Wi-Fi Rental in Japan

Posted by Jonas on January 6th, 2015. Filters:

There are many options when it comes to renting pocket Wi-Fi routers and SIM cards in Japan. I’ve previously mentioned B-mobile (SIM cards only), which I’ve used on multiple occasions on my travels and can recommend. However, since my phone is usually carrier locked nowadays, I’ve had to use Wi-Fi routers instead, and that’s where it […]

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Safarikai – Rikaichan for Safari

Posted by Jonas on December 25th, 2014. Filters:

Rikaichan is a Firefox plugin that gives you easy access to Japanese translations by hovering over sentences with your mouse. It’s known to be one of the most useful plugins available for people who study Japanese, but can be used by anyone who needs quick translations and help with kanji. Rikaichan is also available for Google Chrome […]

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10 Things I Don’t Like About Japan

Posted by Jonas on December 30th, 2014. Filters:

Since I made a list of 35 things that I like about Japan, here’s the opposite version of that, just to be fair. Late night public transportation Or rather the lack of it. The trains stop way too early in my opinion, this is incredibly annoying at times, especially when you’re out with your friends […]

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35 Things I Like About Japan

Posted by Jonas on December 30th, 2014. Filters:

Always when I meet new people, one of the first questions I get is why I like Japan. I normally answer that it’s been an interest since I was a young kid, with pop culture being the biggest reason. But sometimes I have to elaborate and oddly enough my answer tends to vary each time. […]

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Haruka Nakamura – Ongaku no Aru Fuukei

Posted by Jonas on December 26th, 2014. Filters:

Yesterday, on the 24th of December 2014, Haruka Nakamura released his new, long-awaited album 音楽おんがくのある風景ふうけい (Ongaku no Aru Fuukei). I’ve been waiting for this since its first mention, so I’m so excited to finally be able to get my copy! If you’re not familiar with Haruka Nakamura I recommend you to check out Twilight and Grace, two […]

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Japanese TV Listings

Posted by Jonas on December 26th, 2014. Filters:

If you’re looking for a Japanese TV guide, Yahoo! Japan has one of the best, although I find that there really is no great option. You’ll have to know a bit of Japanese in order to find your way around the guide, but remember that you can always let Rikaichan/kun or Safarikai help you. If you know of […]

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WP Furigana

Posted by Jonas on May 4th, 2013. Filters:

WP Furigana is a little WordPress plugin that makes it a little easier to add Furigana (a Japanese reading aid of smaller kana printed next to a kanji). You can see how it works in the example below. 現在げんざいは炭酸たんさんの清涼感せいりょうかんとホップの苦みにがみを特徴とくちょうとするラガー、特にピルスナーが主流しゅりゅうとなっているが、ラガーはビールの歴史れきしの中では比較的新参ひかくてきしんざんであり、ラガー以外いがいにもエールなどのさまざまな種類しゅるいのビールが世界せかいで飲まれている。 WP Furigana utilizes the HTML ruby tag which is widely supported, but includes a few improvements for […]

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Mabanua – Done Already

Posted by Jonas on April 1st, 2013. Filters:

Mabanua is a beat maker from Tokyo who’s been an artist pretty much all of his life. His music is soulful and jazzy, and sometimes quite trippy. He is perhaps more well-known for being a band member of a jazzy hip-hop band called Ovall, together with Shingo Suzuki and Shingo Sekiguchi. Done Already is Mabanua’s first […]

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Sheep Shearing by COCOSOLA

Posted by Jonas on March 30th, 2013. Filters:

Here’s a fun little game called ひつじの毛をドゥルン (hitsuji no ke wo dourun) where your goal is to shear sheep, in a not so traditional fashion. The sheep’s fur is connected to a machine by a rope, on the other end of the rope is a bucket, in which you need to put enough weight (in […]

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Sinitus Tempo – Haru

Posted by Jonas on March 29th, 2013. Filters:

The latest addition to Sinitus Tempo’s discography is a new album called Haru (spring in Japanese). Like much of his other creations, Haru features a great selection of jazzy hip-hop beats, just the way I like it. Sinitus Tempo is totally owning my top artists charts on Last.fm now (last 12 months)! My favorite tracks […]

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