I went to a shrine for Yakubarai. Yakubarai is a ritual to get rid of bad luck. I go to Wakahachimangu shrine to get purified every year after I became freelancer. Wakahachimangu shrine is at Hakata and the shrine is famous for Yakubarai. People calls the shrine “Yakuhachiman” or “Yakuyokehachiman”.Read More →

About 25 years ago a gay friend visited Fukuoka and we couldn’t find any gay, well, anything; no clubs, no events, no information, and no people. So I was really glad when I stumbled on the Kyushu Rainbow Pride event on Sunday, November 4th. I was also happy to discoverRead More →

So it’s not really a store ? or maybe the staff always tricks the customers ? or if you want to pull a prank on someone this is the place to get advice ? prank  also means “trick” like in “trick or treat !” prank = 悪ふざけRead More →

Some people lose their heads over weddings, and no more so than in Japan, where the average ceremony costs around $30,000 U.S., and involves about 75 guests (probably many more for the reception.)There are 4 main types of wedding ceremonies here. Listed in order of popularity they are: chapel weddingsRead More →

There are four blood types, A, B, O, and AB. If you don’t know what your blood type is, you’re probably not Japanese. Blood types are really popular here and people believe (at least some people) that your blood type determines your personality and who you are compatible with. ARead More →

Summer in Japan is incredibly muggy (蒸し暑い for Japanese readers) and that leads to what Japanese call natsubate (夏バテ) which is “summer fatigue” or “summer heat fatigue” in English. I learned from my research today that there are two important ways our bodies cool down. Sweat is the first thingRead More →

We’ve just finished the Obon holidays here in Japan. The word “Obon” is an abbreviation of the word “urabon” which comes from the Buddhist urabon sutra, in which one of the Buddha’s disciples asks the Buddha how to rescue the soul of his mother from the Land of Hungry Ghosts.”OnRead More →