Learn Japanese With Video Games – Lunar 2 – Hiero Intro Part 1

Lunar 2 is a JRPG made by the masters at Game Arts, one of my favorite studios. In this game you take control of the main character, Heiro who is an apprentice to an archaeologist and finds himself in a world-spanning adventure after finding a mysterious girl in ancient ruins. In this clip we willContinue reading “Learn Japanese With Video Games – Lunar 2 – Hiero Intro Part 1”

Yokohama, Japan’s Minato Mirai – “The Port of the Future”

More than any place I’ve visited, I think, Yokohama, Japan surprised me. There wasn’t anything in particular that I absolutely had to do in Yokohama. We mostly stayed there because it provided easy access to Haneda Airport, where we would be flying back home from. What I was most looking forward to in Yokohama wasContinue reading “Yokohama, Japan’s Minato Mirai – “The Port of the Future””

Nasu, Japan – The Ultimate Destination For Kids!

My next itinerary for Japan is going to be based mostly on what I think my son is going to enjoy (he’ll be about four years old when we go). The place that I most want to take him is the little talked about city of Nasu in Tochigi Prefecture. Tochigi Prefecture is just northContinue reading “Nasu, Japan – The Ultimate Destination For Kids!”

Arashiyama Forest of Owls and Leopard Cats

Animal cafes are one of my favorite things in Japan. There are the ever popular owl and cat cafes. In addition, there are bunny cafes, farm animal cafes, snake cafes…heck, there is even a penguin bar in Tokyo! And who knows what else there is out there to discover. Today I want to introduce youContinue reading “Arashiyama Forest of Owls and Leopard Cats”

Get Covered in Bunny Love and Visit the Poison Gas Museum on Rabbit Island!

Japan is a country full of places to have amazing animal adventures. One of the top animal attractions is Rabbit Island (Okunoshima) in Hiroshima Prefecture. Here is a lush and green island paradise where hundreds of friendly rabbits roam free. And when you get sick of playing with bunnies you can visit the Poison GasContinue reading “Get Covered in Bunny Love and Visit the Poison Gas Museum on Rabbit Island!”

Learn One Thing Before Going to Japan — Katakana!

There are a lot of things to learn before heading off on your first trip to Japan. You really should know some basic Japanese phrases at the very least. You should also read up on important cultural differences so that you don’t unwittingly create an international incident. But what will give you the most bangContinue reading “Learn One Thing Before Going to Japan — Katakana!”

Amanohashidate – One of the Great Views of Japan

Amanohashidate (ah-ma-no-ha-she-da-tay) contains one of the Three Great Views of Japan. Look at this amazing sight upside down and you will know why they call it the “Bridge Over Heaven.” If you want to add a little time to unwind, get out of the city, and enjoy some great views this is a fantastic stop.Continue reading “Amanohashidate – One of the Great Views of Japan”

Get Pursued By Naughty Deer in Beautiful Nara, Japan

Amazing landscapes dotted with beautiful, ancient shrines and animal adventures are my favorite things in Japan. In Nara all of this comes together and makes for one of the best possible places to visit on your Japan trip. Nara is a city in the Kansai region of Japan. If you find yourself in either KyotoContinue reading “Get Pursued By Naughty Deer in Beautiful Nara, Japan”

The Long Slog – Learning How to Read Japanese

The most daunting part of learning Japanese can be the writing system. Here is a quick primer on the basics to get you started! In Japanese there are three writing systems: Hiragana – This is a phonetic alphabet (meaning each symbol represents one sound) and is what I would call the “default.” This is theContinue reading “The Long Slog – Learning How to Read Japanese”