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What is Wagyu? Why is it so expensive?

Wagyu is a highly prized meat because it is incredibly tender and has a buttery soft flavour. It’s all about the intense, fat marbling in the meat, which is what gives it the rich flavour. And a good quality, high grade piece of Wagyu will simply melt in your mouth. But do you know what…

Basic Car Checks Before Long Trips

There are two ways to reduce your chances of breaking down. The first, and most important, is to stick to your manufacturer’s advice on servicing. Your handbook will tell you when a service is due and exactly what’s needed – just make sure you book your car into the garage promptly. The second is to…

Why Foreign Guys in Japan Get So Many Girls

Let’s be honest; there are a lot of distinctly average-looking foreign guys living in Japan dating jaw-droppingly beautiful Japanese girls. We’ve all witnessed it- a woman who could play the female lead in the next James Bond movie, walking down the street with a guy who, if we searched for him in the same movie’s…

Guide to Japanese Valentine’s Day

A couple months back, we already talked about how different the Japanese Christmas is. Now it’s time to take a look at another holiday that’s isn’t quite the same in Japan: Valentine’s Day. As with all Western holidays that have made their way over to Japan, almost all of the changes and “traditions” have been…

Olive des Olive Chinese New Year Happy Box

What is a happy box? You’ve never heard of that? Perhaps, because happy box, also known as fukubukuro, exists only in Japan. Fukubukuro means “Lucky-bag” or “Happy-box” which contains fancy, fashionable, luxurious and expensive items, that are sold at an exceptional discounted price at Japanese department stores and retail shops in order to attract customers…

Men receive gifts from women instead?

Japanese Valentine’s Day is nothing like others. In Japan Valentine’s Day is celebrated in a very unique style. It is the women who present gifts to men. There is a strong tradition of women giving chocolates to men on Valentines Day. There are two types of chocolates, “Giri-choco” (obligation chocolate), and “Honmei-choco”. Giri-choco is meant…

Please Check Your Car Airbags! (if you haven’t)

Another person has died in Malaysia after a faulty Takata air bag inflator exploded when the Honda it was installed in crashed, raising the known death toll linked to the defect in the Southeast Asian country to six. The driver was killed when the 2004 Honda City car crashed on 2018 New Year’s Day in…

Why do people live longer in Japan?

Why do people live longer in Japan?Why are Japanese people living so long? Can we learn any lessons from them?  How long do people live to in Japan?  According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Japanese women have a life expectancy of 87 – the highest in the world, while male life expectancy  is in…

How religious is Japanese?

Every so often, I get asked by friends or relatives overseas if Japanese people are religious. It’s not an easy question to answer. Books have been written about the subject, dealing in-depth with all kinds of topics ranging from Shinto, Buddhism, Yasukuni Shrine and organizations such as Soka Gakkai to the importance of the humble…