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ALTInsider Podcast – Interview with HTM Niseko

If you are interested of living or working in Niseko, hospitality industry, season work in Japan or just a change of pace, take a listen to this interview.

Kyūshoku: Unpacking the lessons of Japanese school lunch

Ever wondered what lunchtime is like in Japanese schools? This article covers how Japanese kyūshoku teach social skills, teamwork, and community values, emphasizing inclusivity and local sourcing for a holistic educational experience.

Why don’t Japanese people understand foreigners’ Japanese? The “Foreigner = No Japanese” Phenomena

One evening, I went out to eat with a group of friends. We had just left our jazz circle meeting and went to a local restaurant for dinner. I, the only foreigner at the table,

Japanese Spirituality: What are the Kami?

What is a “kami” in Japanese Shintoism? Spirits? Gods? In this article we will explore Japanese spirituality and what a kami actually is, escaping traditional translations and misinterpretations of the concept.

Bullying Crisis in Japan: The Problem of Ijime

Bullying is a global problem, but Japan grapples with severe cases resulting in youth fatalities. Known as “ijime,” it involves aggressive behavior. In 2019, Japan saw nearly 610,000 bullying cases, contributing to high youth suicide rates. Schools often mishandle cases, emphasizing the need for improved intervention.

The World of Anime Enthusiasts: How Otaku went from Stereotypes to Mainstream

The evolution of the term “otaku,” from its origins as a label for passionate anime and manga enthusiasts to its current status as a genuine subculture, has a long history. “Otaku” has transitioned from being associated with negative stereotypes to becoming a common term for the community of fans worldwide.

Exploring Japanese Literature: From Ancient Mythology to Postwar Challenges

Explore the rich literary history of Japan, from ancient myths to modern classics. Discover the origins of Japanese writing starting from the first novel, ‘The Tale of Genji’, to postwar literature, and uncover the diverse themes and styles that shape Japanese culture.