Richard Mulvihill

Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics

1964 2020 Tokyo Olympics logo Japan

Tokyo getting awarded the 2020 Summer Olympic Games is great news for Japan. A country that has taken a beating in the last few years in front of the entire instant-information world. The earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear troubles that the world watched live in 2011 were just another blow to a country that was also…

Italian Curry Cup Noodles

Cup Noodles Italian Curry

The Japanese love curry and they use it to flavor everything. Similar to American’s and their nacho cheese. Here they are flavoring the classic Japanese cultural icon: Cup Noodles with the strong kick of curry. Which, apparently, is not enough. In this case they are not only flavoring something that is flavoring something, but they…

Getting beat up by the Yakuza

Yakuza_Kurosaki_by_yiny_chan

One Saturday morning in Nagoya Japan, I walked down to my local grocery store. It sits under the tracks at the small but cozy Sako Station. It is the first stop North of the gigantic Nagoya station which shoots out dozens of train tracks including the famous shinkansen (bullet Train). As the mess of tracks…

Okinawa Named Top 10 Place to Visit.

The View from Ishigaki island in Okinawa Japan.

Okinawa Japan was recently named one of the Top 10 places to visit in 2013 by Coastal Living Magazine. Claiming that Okinawa “Has what it takes to be the next big thing!” I think they are right, and I think the people and government of Okinawa are doing everything they can to make that happen.…

The Gaijin’s Guide to Natto.

natto on rice

Natto, along with uni, and konnyaku, make up the top three Japanese foods that scare the bejesus out of people. None of these foods actually tastes bad. I think they are scary due to their strange textures. I have read countless websites and books that say these foods are an “acquired taste”. Acquired taste is…

Why the Japanese don’t litter

Japanese cheerleaders asking you to take your garbage with you. Yurtec Stadium Sendai, Home of the Vegalta Sendai J-League Professional soccer team.

  I will begin this post about Japanese garbage, trash, and litter with a soccer story. It was the 1998 World Cup in France. The Japanese national soccer team had qualified for their first World Cup ever. Their fans had arrived in numbers never before seen by the international soccer community. They were not treated well. Over…

Featured Photo: Gobo chicken sign

Gobo Wakayama Japan, Poultry Experimental Station sign.

This is a sign outside of the small town of Gobo in Wakayama Japan. It makes for a great Kanji quiz, as all destinations are 5 characters long. But it is more notable for its strange translation. I quote funny man Andy Moore, one of Gobo’s greatest educators and a member of legendary Gobo 5.…

The Japanese Barber Shop

The Martin Sheen Haircut

They say that once you are able to talk to a barber and a cab driver in a foreign country, using a foreign language, you are now considered fluent. Of course until you reach that skill level you are considered a jackass (rough translation).  Generally, the service industry is the front line of any country…