It’s Christmas. In Japan, that means synthesised carols streaming from grocery store speakers; girls in Santa outfits standing outside shops selling white Christmas cake; and couples. Couples everywhere.
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It is bitterly cold this time of year in Japan. Early though it may be, winter is truly here, with its icy breezes, thick clothing and the sudden surge of Christmas goods in shops.
The summer holidays are in full swing here in Japan, and the heat is unbearable. A shorter than average rainy season in June is what has apparently caused this incredible heat wave, which is predicted to last for several more … Continue reading
Golden Week. With the first term of the new school year over, the convenient string of one-day national holidays at the end of April comes as a welcome break for many. Starting with Showa Day on the 29th, a celebration … Continue reading
The crowbarring of a story into a video game is one of the most enduring parts of the industry. You can’t just have things shooting other things with a thing, it needs to by justified by an invading force or … Continue reading
In the early 90s, arcades were the best place to see cutting-edge videogame technology. Your Mega Drive, SNES or PC paled in comparison to an eight player game of Virtua Racing: in fact, the only way to emulate Virtua Racing … Continue reading
Valentine’s Day is a funny old holiday. It should come as little surprise that the auspicious day of romance was imported from the West into Japan quite quickly, along with Christmas and Halloween. But perhaps you did not know that … Continue reading
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